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Upminster Windmill

Upminster, London

Tall octagonal smock mill, timber-framed on a brick base and weather boarded, with a cap and fantail. The interior is on 5 levels. The original wooden machinery, last used in 1934, is fully intact but non-functional.

The mill was built by James Nokes in 1803.  Detailed histories are on its own website, the local council site and English Heritage website, see links below.

The windmill is owned and managed by the Upminster Windmill Preservation Trust, who provide regular tours and school visits. The windmill participates in the Open House London Weekend.

On 18 January 2007, the windmill suffered damage in extremely high winds. The stock sustained damage as did the sail, there was little other damage to the mill. Currently undergoing restoration and has 2 sails only at this time. (Please let us know if you see it completed).

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Views from the top of the windmill include Canary Wharf and the transmitter at Crystal Palace.

A lot of information is available on this windmill including a long page of facts, down to how many teeth on individual cogs, see its own website for this detail.

Further information Grid


Upminster Windmill, Upminster, London

Ceremonial County: London and Essex

Grid Reference:

TQ 557868    OS Sheet 177

Map Link:

Ordnance survey link - TQ557868


Aerial photo: Google Aerial Photo 



Best Times to Visit:

Check sails are fixed before making a special trip see above





Other useful websites:

Local council www.havering.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4598

English Heritage

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Date Updated: 04/2008

Planning Grid


Upminster Windmill, Upminster, London

Grid Reference:

TQ 557868 

Getting there:

About 4 miles south east of Romford, on A124, 300yds west of traffic lights at Upminster town centre, off St. Mary's Lane, Upminster, Essex.

Located in a small open space maintained by Havering Council, known as Windmill Field on St Mary's Lane.

The nearest tube stations are Upminster Bridge tube station and Upminster station.


Entrance to the Mill is on the A124, 200yds west of the traffic lights in Upminster town centre.





Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Windmill can be photographed from open space to the south/ssw.

What to take:


Nature highlights:



Windmill Hall

St Marys Lane



RM14 2QH



Opening times:

Some weekends April to October 2pm-5pm, click here for dates. April to October, 1st & 3rd weekends, Saturdays & Sundays, (1st and 2nd weekend in May, 1st only in October).

Parties at other times by arrangement.


Free entry

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Date Updated: 04/2008

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