Around 800 windmills were grinding flour in Lincolnshire up to a century ago. Since then times have changed and the ones that are left have been turned into tourist attractions and we have an interesting and varied selection that you can visit.
The Maud Foster Windmill in Boston is one of Britain’s finest working windmills. You are able to climb all 7 floors and see flour being made in the traditional way by wind power then you can visit the shop and buy organic flour, porridge oats, local history books and a variety of good quality souvenirs. The windmill is open 10 am to 5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays(best to check website before visiting).
The Sibsey Trader Windmill is another working flour mill with a tearoom and a shop. Built in 1877 it is well worth a visit. Opening times vary depending on the time of year so do check the website.
Heckington Windmill is the only 8 sailed windmill left in the country producing wholemeal and white flour. It was originally built as 5 sailed windmill in 1830 but was converted to 8 sails in 1892 after the cap and sails were blown off in a storm. There is a mill shop and tearoom to visit and also the 8 Sailed brewery(www8sailedbrewery.co.uk). Check the windmills website for up to date details.
Moulton Windmill near Spalding is the tallest windmill in the country and stands at 100ft high to the top of the cap. Run by a busy band of volunteers there is a tearoom and a shop. It is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am to 4 pm (It is always best to check the website for up to date details). There are guided tours of the tower and the money charged for these goes towards the upkeep of the mill.
The Five sailed Alford windmill was built in 1837 and is also a working mill with a tearoom and shop. The mill has been wind powered for most of its working life but the addition of a gas driven engine in an adjacent shed permitted flour production when there was no wind. The mill is now owned by the County Council For up to date details visit the website.
Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford. The present mill was mainly built in the 18th century although flour has been produced on this site for over 1,000 years. The mill is in operation on special event days or you can watch video footage of the milling process when the mill is not in operation. Cogglesford watermill is a member of “Select Lincolnshire” and their flour is sold in their shop alongside other local products such as honey, jams and chutneys. (check website for up to date details.)