Saxtead Green Post Mill

Saxtead Green Post Mill, an English Heritage property, is located 2.5 miles from Framlingham. This post mill dates back from 1796. It is a post mill which means that it rotates on top of its roundhouse base by the fantail to take advantage of the wind. This was the first I have seen like this but is a type that is commonly found in Suffolk and the style dates back to the 13th century. This mill has been rebuilt and raised three times and had the wood machinery replaced with cast-iron except the brake wheel in 1854. The mill was used to grind corn into flour for bread.

Commercial milling ended here with the death of the miller but has been kept in full working order.

Great quick stop especially if you are an English Heritage member. You would probably benefit from buying the guide book as very little signage.

I really liked climbing the steel ladder/stairs to the top part. Children will probably love climbing the ladders but parents will dread them as they are steep and there are many!

It is only open 12-5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays between Daylight Savings Time.

Go to Framlingham Castle as you are in the area!

See my pictures here.


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