Thaxted windmill was built in 1804 by John Webb, a local farmer and land owner, and worked commercially until 1905. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution it became possible to mill flour at anytime with the use of steam engines and the windmill fell into disuse.
In 1970 a group of Thaxted people decided to restore the windmill and as well as restoring the windmill they also set up a small agricultural museum and picture gallery of old Thaxted photographs which add to the interest and enjoyment of a visit. There is also a small sales desk.
The windmill is open from 2pm until 6pm (last entry 5.30pm) Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter Saturday until the last Sunday in September.
Entry is free but a donation would be appreciated if you enjoyed your visit.
Private parties during weekdays can be catered for by prior arrangement with Len Farren by phone on 01371 830285 or via the enquiry form.