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Bidston Windmill

Bidston, Merseyside

Tower Mill - brick built with sails.

The current Bidston Windmill was built on Bidston Hill on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, in about 1800 and continued working as a flour mill until 1875.

It is believed that there has been a windmill on this site since 1596. This brick built tower mill replaced a wooden 'peg' mill that was destroyed by fire in 1793. The mill is ideally placed to catch the wind, but difficult to access by cart.

In this style of windmill the top or 'cap' could be turned so that the sails would face the wind, from whichever direction it was blowing. You can still see the large wooden chain-wheel which was used to slowly turn the roof around by a rack and gear system.

The councils website on the mill gives a more detailed history and a detailed diagram as to how it worked. council website

Tam O'Shanter Cottage & Bidston Observatory are also on Bidston Hill.

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Both Photos by

Fractal Angel

Further information Grid


Bidston Windmill, Bidston, Merseyside

Ceremonial County: Cheshire

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Map Link:

Ordnance survey link SJ287894


Aerial photo: google aerial photo



Best Times to Visit:





Wirral Council

Other useful websites:


Listed Building Page


Nearby Locations:

Bidston Hill Lighthouse, Bidston, Cheshire 

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Date Updated: 04/2008

Planning Grid


Bidston Windmill, Bidston, Merseyside

Grid Reference:

SJ 287894

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CH43 6



Opening times:

The windmill is open on the first Sunday each month between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, when much of the machinery can be seen and a fine view can be had from the top



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Date Updated: 04/2008

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