England's oldest Smock Windmill, with original timber machinery from 1650, restored since 1971 by The Chiltern Society.
The windmill stands on the escarpment of the Chilterns, 750 feet above sea level. Visitors can see 4 floors inside with machinery from around 1650 to the late 19th century. The windmill was working until 1915 when it fell out of use. From a very poor condition it was restored between 1971 and 1986 to a condition where the cap now automatically turns to keep the main sails facing the wind. This protects the windmill in its very exposed position.
The mill is not used now, as its 370 year old machinery is too fragile to be used. Using it could put at risk what is undoubtedly the oldest and most complete windmill machinery to survive in the UK. The restoration was done by volunteers from The Chiltern Society who still maintain it, and open it to visitors.
Open from the beginning of April until the end of September from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Admission is £2.50 per Adult, £1.00 per Child (5-15), and Free for under 5's.