Saxtead Green Windmill
|Saxtead Green Post Mill|
Saxtead Green Post Mill
|Mill name||Saxtead Green Post Mill|
|Year built||Late 18th century|
|Storeys||Three storey buck|
|Roundhouse storeys||Three storey roundhouse|
|No. of sails||Four sails|
|Type of sails||Patent sails|
|Fantail blades||Six blades|
|No. of pairs of millstones||Two pairs|
According to the Manorial Records there has been a windill in Saxtead since 1287. The current Saxtead Green Mill dates back to at least 1796 when the miller was Amos Webber. In 1810, the Mill House was built for Robert Holmes. The mill was raised a total of three times during its working life. The mill was tailwinded c. 1853. Around this time, the sails were destroyed and remade but in 1854 Whitmore and Binyon, the Wickham Market millwrights fitted new cast iron machinery and windshaft, and the layout of the machinery changed from Head and Tail to Breast stones. It was in this year that the mill was raised for the third time. Collins, the Melton millwright worked on the mill in the 1870s and Whitmore and Binyon again worked on the mill in the 1890s. From 1926 millwright Jesse Wightman (who was initially apprenticed to A S Aldred the Miller) assisted the owner with repairs until the mill ceased working commercially on the death of the last miller in 1947.
The mill passed to Mr Steven Charles Sullivan,(1908-1997) the son-in-law of A S Aldred, who placed the mill in the guardianship of the Ministry of Works in 1951. The mill is currently owned by Stephen and Jonathan Sullivan (ensuring the Mill has been in the ownership of the same family since 1873) The mill was completely rebuilt between 1957 and 1960 under the supervision of Jesse Wightman. A replacement crowntree was obtained from a windmill at Wetheringsett which had been demolished. The mill has been in the care of English Heritage since 1984 
The mill was repaired, with a new pair of sails made in 2008.
Saxtead Green Mill is a post mill with a three storey roundhouse. The mill has four Patent sails carried on a cast iron windshaft and is winded by a fantail. The mill has two pairs of millstones in the breast. All the machinery is of cast iron except the Brake Wheel, which is of oak.
- Amos Webber 1796
- Robert Holmes 1810
- George Holmes
- George William Holmes
- Mr Meadows
- Mr Steggles
- Mr Rouse
- Frederick Eldred
- Alfred Aldred
- Alfred Stephenson Robert Aldred - 1947
Reference for the above -
The mill is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holidays between 1 April and 30 September each year.
- "SAXTEAD MILL, SAXTEAD, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- Brown, R J (1976). Windmills of England. London: Robert Hale Ltd. p. 182. ISBN 0-7091-5641-3.
- Wailes, Rex. Saxtead Green Post Mill. London: English Heritage. ISBN 978 1 85074 220 3.
- Flint, Brian (1997). Suffolk Windmills. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press. pp. 10, 19, 28, 66, 75, 108–109. ISBN 0-85115-112-4.
- "Saxtead Green Post Mill". English Heritage. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
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