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Waltham Windmill

Waltham, Lincolnshire

Waltham Windmill is a large six-sailed tower windmill

Construction of the windmill that stands today began in 1878 and was completed by John Saunderson from Louth, Lincolnshire in 1880. The new windmill was constructed of local brick and coated with a layer of tar as a seal against the elements.

This was not the first mill on this site. As far as we know, the first mill on this site was built in 1666 (in the same year as the Great Fire of London) and was a trestle post mill.  This mill was blown down in 1744, but soon replaced with another post-mill to continue the job of the old mill. Unfortunately for the residents of the area, this mill too was blown down, in 1873. So this is the third mill and lasted far better.

The six-storey mill had a greater capacity than the previous post-mills and featured 6 double-sided sails, driving four pairs of grinding stones for the production of flour (two so-called greystones (peak stones, cut from rock of the Peak District) and two French quartzite stones). In the 1920s, the sails were reconstructed to single-sided sails to increase its efficiency in light winds.

It is said that during World War II whilst RAF Grimsby was being constructed the Air Ministry saw the Windmill as a possible waypoint for German Bombers. They went to see the Farmer who owned the mill and told him they would destroy it along with the Grimsby Dock Tower and Binbrook Windmill. The farmer then went to get his shotgun and chased them off his land and they only returned to construct the W.A.A.F. canteen. The mill was however used During the Second World War as a Home Guard look-out post with a view over the River Humber.

Grimsby Dock Tower survived due to it holding a Royal Navy wireless transmitter, however Binbrook Windmill was demolished.

By 1962, Waltham Windmill was one of the last windmills in England to be fully operational by wind, but from this point until 1967, it was powered by electricity.

Today within the grounds of the windmill, there are:- a miniature railway, a museum dedicated to Rural Life and an old sweet shop selling favourites from the 1920s to the 1970s, as well as other businesses, a restaurant and more.

The mill has been restored and again has 6 sails.

For technical details of inside click here.

When we visited

We arrived and the place was nearly deserted, empty car park, miniature railway being put away and people going home, although we were there well before the published closing time.  We presumed that as it was quiet, the habit is to pack up and close up early. However for us this was no problem in that we could still walk around and photograph the windmill.

This is another large tower mill, complete in this case with 6 sails. There are a number of possible views, two of which are shown on this page. The top image has been adjusted slightly within Photoshop to correct perspective (mill leaning back), while with the lower one I was able to get back a little further so it was less of a problem. The site is constructed with parking and facilities to handle a lot of people and if there was that many people around, they would have got in the way, and perhaps therefore in tourist seasons it may not be so ideal.

It is a windmill that is easier to photograph than many of the larger mills, and you have the choice as to getting closer and having perspective problems to overcome or getting back further and including other items.

Further information Grid


Waltham Windmill, Waltham, Lincolnshire

Ceremonial County: Lincolnshire

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Aerial photo: Multimap



Best Times to Visit:

Depend on if you want it to be open and people about or maybe closed and no people.

There are events on on some dates check their website





Other useful websites:



lincolnshire.gov.uk page on Waltham windmill

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Date Updated: 05/2008

Planning Grid


Waltham Windmill, Waltham, Lincolnshire

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Getting there:



No problem


Plentiful free parking


toilet facilities, a restaurant, old railway-carriage café, a herb shop, old-fashioned sweetshop, a local artist, woodturner, and other craft outlets. There is also a popular miniature railway and a picnic area. The Museum of Rural Life, (Click here to see more of the Museum)  with a number of hands-on items, plus video shows and  RAF section.

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Waltham Windmill
Brigsley Road


DN37 0JZ


01472 752122

Opening times:

Site open all year.
Open 10am to 4pm from Easter until the end of September (Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays).


There are events on some dates check their website


Entry fees not on their website, but some exist as it says its society members get in free.

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Other Restrictions: None known
Special Needs Access: Site is easy access throughout
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Date Updated: 05/2008

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