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Marsh Mill - Windmill

Thornton, Lancashire

Marsh Mill, a prominent landmark, is a large well-preserved tower windmill. It was built in 1794, by Ralph Slater, a Fylde millwright who also built Pilling and Clifton Mills. It was commissioned by Bold Hesketh, uncle of Peter Hesketh (later Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood) who would go on to play a prominent role in the expansion of Fleetwood.

Until 1922 Marsh Mill was a working windmill producing wheat flour for bread, crushed barley for animal feed, rye flour and oatmeal.

Tragedy struck in May 1930, when a Miss Alice Baldwin and a Mrs Mary Jane Bailey visited the windmill with an interest in purchasing it. However, when both women stepped onto the fantail platform, the platform collapsed and the women fell to their deaths.

Today Marsh Mill, with its machinery restored and working sails, offers the visitors a unique introduction to milling of a bygone age.

Said to be one of the largest mills in Europe, Marsh Mill standing at a height of 22.8m (70ft) is also amongst the tallest in the Fylde.


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Marsh Mill
By Roger W Haworth
Dec 2005

Further information Grid


Marsh Mill, Thornton, Lancashire

Ceremonial County: Lancashire

Grid Reference:

SD 335425 OS Sheet: - 102

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Date Updated: 05/2008

Planning Grid


Marsh Mill, Thornton, Lancashire

Grid Reference:

SD 335425.

Getting there:

About 4 miles north of Blackpool. Follow A585 towards Fleetwood & signs to Marsh-Mill-in-Wyre.




ample Free parking



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Nature highlights:







Graham James 01253 860765 (mill) or 01253 887441

(Wyre Borough Council).

Opening times:

April to October, Saturdays and Sundays only, 10.30-17:00. November to March, 11.00-16.00.

National Mills Weekend opening times Saturday and Sunday, 10.30-16.30.
Guided tours are available to the top of the mill.

(this is the times combined from its website and open mills which differed).



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Special Needs Facilities: Disabled toilets in the Village
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Date Updated: 05/2008

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