Sibsey Trader Windmill
|This tower mill is 74
feet 3 inches to the top of the cap, but appears taller due to being thinner than many others. It was built by Saunderson of Louth in 1877 to replace a
small post mill. It has six floors above ground. It has six large
It worked until 1954, towards the end with four sails. It then become
derelict. It was restored in 1970 to 'static' condition by the Department
of the Environment. In 1981 they got the mill into full working order and
the fantail working.
So what's inside:-
- The ground floor is now nearly empty the
equipment having been removed.
- The first floor contains the tentering
gear and spouts.
- The second floor gives access to the
very ornate iron stage (seen on the outside in the pictures) and contains
the three remaining pairs of stones of the four pairs originally fitted.
The great spur wheel is of iron on an iron upright shaft and drives
through mortice stone nuts.
- The third and fourth floors are both bin
floors although no bins remain, you just see holes in the floor.
- The fifth floor is the dust floor and
contains the iron sack hoist with an endless chain. The brake wheel and
wallower are of iron, as are the brake and brake lever.
When we visited
This would be one of my top ten windmills to
photograph in Britain.
This is a picturesque setting with a farm house,
dwarfed by a large mill in a field setting, and we took quite a large number of
photos although we went on a day when it was not open so was a field away
photographing from outside the entry gate. The top picture is a slightly cropped
version of the general view from the road, there are few obstacles so you can
move along the side of the busy road taking a range of angles.
The lower photo was taken from a side road
that gets you to about the same distance at the rear of the mill.
There is a footpath that goes down the main
drive at the front and through the gate by the mill, the gate is shown in the
lower photo, so if I had been aware of this at the time I could have got some
This is a photogenic setting and one that I
would like to visit again, now I am aware of the layout and footpath.
You need to check the opening times if you want
to go inside, as its not like the commercially run mills in the area and open
most days, this one is open only a small number of days, each week. Of course if
it is open you may then have a problem with cars and people in the way.
Further information Grid
Sibsey Trader Windmill, Lincolnshire
Sheet - 122
Half a mile
west of the village of Sibsey, off A16, 5 miles north of Boston.
Drive and footpath
Own parking when open.
Main road outside is busy but there is room to stop outside its gates when
shut. Side road is nearby.
Tea room and WC when
Things To Do,
See and Photograph:
What to take:
01205 750036 at mill, or
01205 460647, or 07718 320449
October, Saturdays & Bank Holidays 10.00–18.00; Sundays 11.00–18.00. May
to September, also Tuesdays 10.00-18.00. November to February, Saturdays
only 10.00–18.00. Closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
National Mills Weekend
10.00 - 18.00 and Sunday 11.00 - 18.00.
Check opening times at
Adults £2, Children £1, Concessions £1.50
Footpath goes by mill.
Special Needs Access:
Special Needs Facilities:
No dogs allowed in mill
CIN Page Ref:
Date Updated: 05/2008
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