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Industry - Corn Milling
Industry - Corn Milling
Lincolnshire is fortunate in the number of tower windmills which survive; a few still operate commercially and others grind grain as part of a visitor experience. At one time there were hundreds of such mills across the county and the familiar windmill ‘stumps’ and conversions to dwellings indicate how common they once were. Only one post mill and one smock mill, out of many, stand today.
With relatively flat and open countryside watermills have been less common and generally less important in Lincolnshire than windmills, though there are several interesting examples. Few of the mills retain their machinery today and fewer still are in working condition.
The photographs in this collection come principally from three sources:
1. Postcards. Windmills have always been seen as notable features of the village scene and, especially in the Edwardian period, they were often captured in black and white photographs and later published as postcards.
2. Jon Sass Collection. Jon’s knowledge of Lincolnshire mills is second to none. He has acquired this through restoration and recording work but also through decades of interaction with millers and millwrights. He holds a large archive of written and visual material about Lincolnshire mills and has generously allowed us to copy many photographs from his collection. His book, Windmills of Lincolnshire (Stenlake Publishing, 2012) has provided dates and other details for the captions given here.
3. Peter Kirk Collection. Peter, who died in 2017, was an enthusiast for Lincolnshire windmills. Between 1997 and 2002 he took photographs of most surviving windmill structures in the county (over 140). These have been scanned and set out on this Gallery page.
 
Addlethorpe, windmill (1)
Addlethorpe, windmill (1)
Addlethorpe, windmill (1)

A seven-story tower mill built in 1830 on the site of an earlier post mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated postcard

Addlethorpe, windmill, Jon Sass
Addlethorpe, windmill (2)
Addlethorpe, windmill (2)
Addlethorpe, windmill (2)

Because of subsidence which caused a lean long after the mill ceased working, the tower was reduced in height in 1992.

Location of mill: TF 552 675.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Addlethorpe, windmill,Peter Kirk
Alford, Hoyle's Mill (1)
Alford, Hoyle's Mill (1)
Alford, Hoyle's Mill (1)

The local Millwright, Oxley, built this mill in the late 1830s and is still in working order. It is owned by Lincolnshire County Council.

Location of mill: TF 457 765

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Alford, Hoyle's Mill, Peter Kirk
Alford, Hoyle's Mill (2)
Alford, Hoyle's Mill (2)
Alford, Hoyle's Mill (2)

This elegant five-sailed windmill (TF 457766), Hoyle's Mill, was built by Sam Oxley, an Alford millwright, in 1837 with later gearing and ironwork supplied by Tuxford of Boston.

With supplementary diesel engine power it worked until 1955.

The mill, fully restored in 2000, is now owned by Lincolnshire County Council and is once more operated commercially.

It is open to the public.

Frank Robinson, 2010

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Alford, windmill, Hoyle, Tuxford,
Alford, Wallace's Mill (1)
Alford, Wallace's Mill (1)
Alford, Wallace's Mill (1)

This mill on Station Road was built in 1790 and worked until 1932. It originally had four storeys and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Alford, Station Road Mll, windmill, Jon Sass
Alford, Wallace's Mill (2)
Alford, Wallace's Mill (2)
Alford, Wallace's Mill (2)

The cap and sails on Wallace's Mill in Station Road were removed in the 1930s and the interior fittings in piecemeal fashion afterwards.

It was reduced in height to a two-storey stump in the late 1960s.

Location of mill: TF 444 755

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Alford, Wallace's Mill, Station Road, Peter Kirk
Alkborough, windmill (1)
Alkborough, windmill (1)
Alkborough, windmill (1)

A tower mill built on the roundhouse base of a former post mill in 1855.

It was worked by wind until c.1916 and then by oil engine until the 1930s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Alkborough, windmill, Jon Sass
Alkborough, windmill (2)
Alkborough, windmill (2)
Alkborough, windmill (2)

The tower of Alkborough Mill, now part of a dwelling, is Grade II listed. It is shown here shortly before the conversion work.

Location of mill: SE 833 216

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Alkborough, windmill, Peter Kirk
Alvingham, Watermill
Alvingham, Watermill
Alvingham, Watermill

Alvingham watermill is close to the Louth Navigation about 3 miles north east of Louth (TF 367914).

The present structure dates from the eighteenth century with nineteenth-century alterations.

The breast shot waterwheel, 11 feet in diameter, is driven by water taken from the nearby river Lud.

In the 1970s, the mill was restored to full working order.

There has been a mill on this site since the 12th century.

Frank Robinson, 2011

Alvingham, Louth Navigation, watermill, Lud, waterwheel,
Bardney, Windmill
Bardney, Windmill
Bardney, Windmill

The 6-sailed windmill was on the south side of Abbey Lane.

In 1943 the sails were removed shortly after the opening of Bardney airfield. It was thought that they might obstruct Lancaster bombers.

undated postcard

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Bardney,
Barnetby le Wold, Windmill
Barnetby le Wold, Windmill
Barnetby le Wold, Windmill

This was originally a four-storey tower mill, driven by four sails and built in the early nineteenth century. It is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TA 066 097

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Barnetby le Wold, windmill, Peter Kirk
Barrow on Humber, Haven Mill
Barrow on Humber, Haven Mill
Barrow on Humber, Haven Mill

This was a four-storey mill with four sails built in 1816.

It worked until the early days of the twentieth century.

Location of mill: TA 062 229

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Barrow on Humber, Haven windmill, Peter Kirk
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill (1)
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill (1)
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill (1)

This mill, built in 1869, originally had four floors and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill (2)
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill (2)
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill (2)

Pearson's Mill continued working up to the 1920s and is now part of a nursery business.

Location of mill: TA 060 217.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Barrow on Humber, Pearson's Mill
Barton upon Humber, Hewson’s Mill (1)
Barton upon Humber, Hewson’s Mill (1)
Barton upon Humber, Hewson’s Mill (1)

This fine eight-storey, four-sailed mill was built in 1813 on Waterside Road.

Jon Sass Collection, c.1910

Barton Upon Humber, Waterside Road, Hewson's Mill, Jon Sass
Barton upon Humber, Hewson’s Mill (2)
Barton upon Humber, Hewson’s Mill (2)
Barton upon Humber, Hewson’s Mill (2)

The sails on Hewson's Mill were removed during the First World War and it continued to work by engine power until the 1940s.

Much of the mill machinery survives. It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TA 027 226

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Barton Upon Humber, Hewson's Mill, Peter Kirk
Barton upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill (1)
Barton upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill (1)
Barton upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill (1)

This seven-storey mill stands close to the Market Place in Barton. It was built in about 1803 and as a combined corn and whiting mill.

This painting by William Ward of c.1810 is one of the few known images of the working mill.

Jon Sass Collection

Barton Upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill, windmll, William Ward, Jon Sass
Barton upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill (2)
Barton upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill (2)
Barton upon Humber, Kingsforth Mill (2)

For a considerable period this mill was used to produce Paris Whiting by grinding chalk as welllas grinding corn.

Much of the corn milling machinery survives on the upper floors, now conserved as part of a restaurant/pub complex.

It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TA 032 217

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Barton Upon Humber, windmill, Kingsforth Mill, Peter Kirk, Paris whiting
Bassingham, windmill
Bassingham, windmill
Bassingham, windmill

This post mill was reputedly built by the Worsdall family in the 18th century. It worked until circa 1900 and was demolished in 1914.

Postcard mailed from Bassingham in 1906

Bassingham, post mill Worsdall family
Baston, Hudson’s Mill (1)
Baston, Hudson’s Mill (1)
Baston, Hudson’s Mill (1)

This is an early tower mill, probably built in the very early years of the nineteenth century.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Baston, windmill, Jon Sass
Baston, Hudson’s Mill (2)
Baston, Hudson’s Mill (2)
Baston, Hudson’s Mill (2)

The sails from Hudson's Mill were removed in 1915 but it carried on under engine power until the 1930s. It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TF 116 132

Peter Kirk Collection, 2003
Baston, Hudson's Mill, Peter Kirk
Belton, Westgate Mill (1)
Belton, Westgate Mill (1)
Belton, Westgate Mill (1)

This mill is the sole survivor of a group of three windmills which once stood near Westgate Road in Belton.

The mill ran on two sails for a considerable period until 1934.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Belton Axholme, Westgate Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Belton, Westgate Mill (2)
Belton, Westgate Mill (2)
Belton, Westgate Mill (2)

Westgate Mill was powered by an oil engine between 1934 and 1960.

It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: SE 770 075

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Belton Axholme, Westage Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Billinghay, Field Mill (1)
Billinghay, Field Mill (1)
Billinghay, Field Mill (1)

This six-floored mill on Walcot Road had six sails, although, as was commonly the case, it ran with four sails when sails were under maintenance or repair.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1928

Billinghay, Field Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Billinghay, Field Mill (2)
Billinghay, Field Mill (2)
Billinghay, Field Mill (2)

The sails and fan on Field Mill were removed in 1938 following a lightning strike and the empty tower was reduced in height in the 1960s.

Location of mill: TF 143 551

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Billinghay, West Mill, Walcot Road
Billinghay, South Mill (1)
Billinghay, South Mill (1)
Billinghay, South Mill (1)

South Mill was built in about 1806 on the site of an earlier post mill in Victoria Street.

It was raised by two storeys in 1830 after the top had been wrecked in a storm.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Billinghay, South Mill, Victoria Street, Jon Sass
Billinghay, South’s Mill (2)
Billinghay, South’s Mill (2)
Billinghay, South’s Mill (2)

This is the surviving stump of a seven-storey four-sailed mill built in about 1830 on Victoria Street.

Location of mill: TF 153 551

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

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Billinghay, South's Mill, Victoria Street
Bilsby, Windmill (1)
Bilsby, Windmill (1)
Bilsby, Windmill (1)

Bilsby windmill was erected in 1855 near the centre of the village on the west side of the A1111.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1928

Bilsby, windmill, Jon Sass
Bilsby, Windmill (2)
Bilsby, Windmill (2)
Bilsby, Windmill (2)

The odd shape of the tower of this windmill is the result of significant repair work following the loss of cap and sails in 1901.

Location of mill: TF 470 766

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Bilsby, windmill, Peter Kirk
Blyton, Hewitt's Mill (1)
Blyton, Hewitt's Mill (1)
Blyton, Hewitt's Mill (1)

Hewitt's Mill at Blyton was built in 1825 and continued under wind power until 1910. It was a four-sailed mill with five floors.

Jon Sass Collection, postcard dated 1910

Blyton, windmill, Hewitt's Mill, Jon Sass
Blyton, Hewitt's Mill (2)
Blyton, Hewitt's Mill (2)
Blyton, Hewitt's Mill (2)

The Winn family business continued at Hewitt's Mill until the 1960s.

It is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: SK 852 948

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Blyton, windmill, Peter Kirk
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (1)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (1)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (1)

Maud Foster Mill was built in 1819 by Hull millwrights Norman & Smithson for Reckitt Brothers (later of Reckitt's Blue fame).

1963 photograph

Boston, Maud Foster windmill, Norman & Smithson, Reckitt
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (2)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (2)
Boston, Maud Foster Mill (2)

This seven-storeyed mill alongside the Maud Foster Drain was built in 1819.

Milling first by wind and then by engine stopped in the 1950s but was brought back to working order by the Waterfield family in the late 1980s.

Location of mill: TF 334 447

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Boston, Maud Foster windmill, Waterfield
Bourne, Dyke Smock Mill (1)
Bourne, Dyke Smock Mill (1)
Bourne, Dyke Smock Mill (1)

This rare mill was erected in eighteenth century in Deeping Fen as a pumping engine.

It was moved to Dyke in 1845 and converted to corn milling.

Jon Sass Collection, c.1900

Bourne, Dyke, Somerfield's Mill, smock mill, Jon Sass
Bourne, Dyke Smock Mill (2)
Bourne, Dyke Smock Mill (2)
Bourne, Dyke Smock Mill (2)

Somerfield's smock mill at Dyke near Bourne ceased to operate in 1927 when a sail was lost.

Location of mill: TF 103 226

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

 

 

 

Bourne, Dyke smock mill, Peter Kirk
Brigg, Bell’s Mill (1)
Brigg, Bell’s Mill (1)
Brigg, Bell’s Mill (1)

This mill, with five floors and four sails, is the only survivor of a group of six in the town.

It was built in the 1830s by James Hart of Brigg.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1911

Brigg, Bell's Mill, Mill Lane, Jon Sass, James Hart
Brigg, Bell’s Mill (2)
Brigg, Bell’s Mill (2)
Brigg, Bell’s Mill (2)

Bell's Mill was worked by wind until 1920 and later by steam engine. The driving wheel can still be seen on the side of the tower (see left in this photograph).

It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: SE 996 065

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Brigg, Bell's Mill windmill, Peter Kirk
Broughton, Castlethorpe Mill
Broughton, Castlethorpe Mill
Broughton, Castlethorpe Mill

This five-storey mill was built in 1804 close to the western edge of Brigg.

The mill machinery was removed in 1982 and it has been refurbished as a restaurant. It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: SE 986 072

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Broughton, Castlethorpe Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Burgh le Marsh, Dobson's Mill (1)
Burgh le Marsh, Dobson's Mill (1)
Burgh le Marsh, Dobson's Mill (1)

This 5-sailed tower mill (Dobson's Mill) was built in 1813 and regularly grinds corn today.

It contains much of the original machinery and, unusually, turns clockwise.

There are 3 pairs of wind-powered millstones and one pair engine-powered by a Blackstone (of Stamford) diesel engine.

Postcard from David Robinson Collection, undated

Burgh Le Marsh, windmill
Burgh le Marsh, Hanson’s Mill (1)
Burgh le Marsh, Hanson’s Mill (1)
Burgh le Marsh, Hanson’s Mill (1)

Hanson's Mill, a five-floored mill, was built in the mid-1850s on the site of a post mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Burgh Le Marsh, Hanson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Burgh le Marsh, Hanson’s Mill (2)
Burgh le Marsh, Hanson’s Mill (2)
Burgh le Marsh, Hanson’s Mill (2)

The sails were removed in 1938 and the machinery in 1964. The tower has been incorporated into a dwelling.

Location of mill: TF 498 651

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Burgh Le Marsh, Hanson's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Butterwick, Windmill (1)
Butterwick, Windmill (1)
Butterwick, Windmill (1)

This four-storey mill was built in 1871 and was powered by four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Butterwick, windmill, Jon Sass
Butterwick, Windmill (2)
Butterwick, Windmill (2)
Butterwick, Windmill (2)

The mill at Butterwick ceased working in the 1920s and is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 385 456.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Butterwick, windmill, Peter Kirk
Caistor, Top Mill (1)
Caistor, Top Mill (1)
Caistor, Top Mill (1)

This four-storey mill stands near the junction of High Street and Whitegate Hill in Wright's haulage yard. (It is also known locally as Wright's Mill.)

Jon Sass Collection, 1890s photograph

Caistor, Top Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, Wright's Mill
Caistor, Top Mill (2)
Caistor, Top Mill (2)
Caistor, Top Mill (2)

Milling at Top Mill (aka Wright's Mill) lost its sails and fantail winding in 1897.

It continued to work with engine power until c.1930.

The tower is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TA 125 007

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Caistor, Wright's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Carlton le Moorland, Postmill
Carlton le Moorland, Postmill
Carlton le Moorland, Postmill

This post mill in Carlton le Moorland was abandoned around 1906 and collapsed in 1935.

undated postcard

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Carlton le Moorland, post mill
Carrington, Windmill
Carrington, Windmill
Carrington, Windmill

This was a four-sailed, three storey mill with typical ogee cap. Steam power replaced wind power around 1900.

Location of mill: TF 312 555

Peter Kirk Collection, undated
Carrington, windmill, Peter Kirk
Chapel Hill, Windmill (1)
Chapel Hill, Windmill (1)
Chapel Hill, Windmill (1)

This mill was built in 1838 with five storeys and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Chapel Hill, windmill, Jon Sass
Chapel Hill, Windmill (2)
Chapel Hill, Windmill (2)
Chapel Hill, Windmill (2)

The windmill at Chapel Hill was taken out of use around the time of the First World War.

Location of mill: TF 208 539

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Chapel Hill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Cleethorpes, windmill
Cleethorpes, windmill
Cleethorpes, windmill

This four sailed mill in Mill Road was built in c.1820 for John Nicholson, Mayor of Grimsby. It had four single-sided patent sails and three pairs of stones.

A bake house was added by the Frankish family.

The mill was dismantled by Thompson's of Alford in the 1920s. The cap was re-fitted to the mill at Spittle Hill in Gainsborough.

(Information courtesy Jon Sass, Lincolnshire Mills Group)

undated postcard, c.1900

Cleethorpes, windmill, Mill Road, Frankish, John Nicholson, Thompson of Alford
Cleethorpes, windmill
Cleethorpes, windmill
Cleethorpes, windmill

The 5-sailed windmill in Mill Place, off Cleethorpes Market Place, was built in 1803 for William Jackson.  It originally had with 4 sails.

Steam power only was used from 1905.  It was demolished in 1922.

(Information courtesy Jon Sass, Lincolnshire Mills Group)

undated postcard, late 19th century

Cleethorpes, windmill, Mill Road, William Jackson
Coningsby, Windmill
Coningsby, Windmill
Coningsby, Windmill

Nothing now remains of Coningsby’s five-sailed tower mill built in 1826.

It was located in Silver Street and was last operated by William Watson.

Cotswold postcard from David Robinson Collection, undated

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Coningsby, windmill,
Corringham, East Mill (1)
Corringham, East Mill (1)
Corringham, East Mill (1)

This was a four-sailed mill with three floors, which last worked in the final decade of the nineteenth century.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1905

Corringham, East Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Corringham, East Mill (2)
Corringham, East Mill (2)
Corringham, East Mill (2)

East Mill in Corringham stands alone in a field to the east of the village and is the home of barn owls.

Location of mill: SK 879 909

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Corringham, East Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Corringham, Winter’s Mill
Corringham, Winter’s Mill
Corringham, Winter’s Mill

This three-storey mill with four sails was no longer operating at the turn of the twentieth century.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Corringham, Winter's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Croft, Windmill  (1)
Croft, Windmill  (1)
Croft, Windmill  (1)

This mill is on the very southern edge of Croft parish and close to Wainfleet All Saints.

It originally had three-storeys and four-sails and was erected in 1814.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Croft, Wainfleet, windmill, Jon Sass
Croft, Windmill  (2)
Croft, Windmill  (2)
Croft, Windmill  (2)

The mill was heightened by a further three storeys in 1859. It was wind-powered until 1949.

Location of mill: TF 501 596

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Croft, Wainfleet All Saints, windmill, Peter Kirk
Crowland, Broadway Mill (1)
Crowland, Broadway Mill (1)
Crowland, Broadway Mill (1)

This small mill probably dates from the late eighteenth century, with adjoining cottages built in c.1860.

It originally had three floors and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Crowland, Broadway Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Crowland, Broadway Mill (2)
Crowland, Broadway Mill (2)
Crowland, Broadway Mill (2)

Broadway Mill is located at TF 236 101

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Crowland, Broadway Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Donington, Baxter’s Mill (1)
Donington, Baxter’s Mill (1)
Donington, Baxter’s Mill (1)

This small mill – four floors and four sails – was built around 1800.

Jon Sass Collection, water colour sketch by Karl Wood 1932

Donington, Baxter's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, Karl Wood
Donington, Baxter’s Mill (2)
Donington, Baxter’s Mill (2)
Donington, Baxter’s Mill (2)

Baxter's Mill ceased work in 1913 and the sails were removed.

It is located at TF 218 349.

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Donington, Baxter's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
East Kirkby, Barlow’s Mill (1)
East Kirkby, Barlow’s Mill (1)
East Kirkby, Barlow’s Mill (1)

This fine seven-storied mill, together with house and bakehouse, was built in 1820.

Jon Sass Collection, undated postcard

East Kirkby, windmill, Jon Sass
East Kirkby, Barlow’s Mill (2)
East Kirkby, Barlow’s Mill (2)
East Kirkby, Barlow’s Mill (2)

The five sails on Barlow's Mill were removed in 1927 and milling continued under engine power until the 1950s.

Location of mill: TF 333 623

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
East Kirkby, Barlow's Mill, Windmill, Peter Kirk
Epworth, Brook’s Mill (1)
Epworth, Brook’s Mill (1)
Epworth, Brook’s Mill (1)

Also known as the White Mill, this tower mill was built in 1800.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1927

Epworth, Brook's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Epworth, Brook’s Mill (2)
Epworth, Brook’s Mill (2)
Epworth, Brook’s Mill (2)

This windmill was operated by the Brooks family until it closed in 1953.

Location of mill: SE 780 046

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Epworth, Brook's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Epworth, Maw’s Mill (1)
Epworth, Maw’s Mill (1)
Epworth, Maw’s Mill (1)

This is one of three tower mills to the north of the town off the Belton Road.

It was erected in 1783, one of the earliest surviving tower mills in the county.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1908

Epworth, Maw's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Epworth, Maw’s Mill (2)
Epworth, Maw’s Mill (2)
Epworth, Maw’s Mill (2)

Maw's Mill is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: SE 777 047

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Epworth, Maw's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Epworth, Thompson's Mill
Epworth, Thompson's Mill
Epworth, Thompson's Mill

This four-storeyed mill was built in the early nineteenth century and continued to work by wind power until 1944 (latterly with only two sails).

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Epworth, Thompson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill (1)
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill (1)
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill (1)

This small three-storeyed mill at the north-east end of the village.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill (2)
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill (2)
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill (2)

Stamp's Mill was in use until the 1930s, though at that time with the aid of an oil engine.

It is a Grade II listed structure.

Location of mill: TF 068 849

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Faldingworth, Stamp's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Freiston, Windmill (1)
Freiston, Windmill (1)
Freiston, Windmill (1)

Freiston Mill stands to the east of the village centre at Freiston Shore in Barneyfield Road.

It was built in the 1820s with four double-sided patent sails, driving three pairs of stones.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Freiston, shore, windmill, Jon Sass
Freiston, Windmill (2)
Freiston, Windmill (2)
Freiston, Windmill (2)

After it ceased to work by wind in 1924, the mill was driven by an engine until the 1940s.

Location of mill: TF 390 429

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Freiston, windmill, Peter Kirk
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill (1)
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill (1)
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill (1)

Hoyles' Mill was built as a three-storeyed, four-sailed mill in the early nineteenth century.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Friskney, Hoyles Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill (2)
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill (2)
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill (2)

This mill was run by Joseph Hoyles in c.1900.

It ceased to use wind power in 1929.

Location of mill: TF 481 567

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Friskney, Hoyles' Mill windmill, Peter Kirk
Friskney, Tofts post mill (1)
Friskney, Tofts post mill (1)
Friskney, Tofts post mill (1)

Built c1730 with four common sails. It was on the landward side of the Main Road to the north of the Barley Mow in an area which until the end of the 19th century was called ‘The Floors’ – indicating a site of medieval salt pans.

At the time of this photograph, Friskney also had two tower mills – Kitching’s Mill at Fold Hill and Hoyle’s Mill at the Low Road boundary with Wainfleet St Mary (the dumpy tower of Hoyle’s mill is the only present-day survivor).

There is a mound about half a mile to the west of the church called ‘Mill Hill’. Was this the site of a much earlier post mill? Edward Kealey, in his book Harvesting the Air, Windmill Pioneers of Twelfth-Century England cites a charter, dated no later than 1189, recording the gift of a Friskney windmill and saltpans by Gilbert of Benniworth to the nuns of North Ormsby.

Postcard: c1920 (photograph by Rex Wailes, author of The English Windmill)

Friskney, Tofts post mill, Kitching's Mill, Hoyle's Mill
Friskney, Tofts post mill (2)
Friskney, Tofts post mill (2)
Friskney, Tofts post mill (2)

This mill was built in c.1730 and stood at the junction of Sea Lane and the A52 (TF 481554).

The last miller, John Stephenson, who had started his career here as an apprentice in 1874, retired in 1934. Both the mill and Mr Stephenson feature in In Search of English Windmills (1931) by Thurston Hopkins and Stanley Freese.

The mill was severely damaged by storms and for a while survived with two sails.  It had to be dismantled in 1939.

Postcard: c1930

Friskney, Tofts post mill, John Stephenson
Fulstow, Windmill (1)
Fulstow, Windmill (1)
Fulstow, Windmill (1)

This is one of the mills built by Saunderson of Louth in the third quarter of nineteenth century.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1934

Fulstow, windmill, Jon Sass, Saunderson
Fulstow, Windmill (2)
Fulstow, Windmill (2)
Fulstow, Windmill (2)

The sails on Fulstow Mill were finally removed in 1950 and for a while it was powered by an electric motor.

Location of mill: TF 330 965

Peter Kirk Collection, 2006

Fulstow, windmill, Peter Kirk
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (1)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (1)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (1)

An early five-sailed mill with six-storey tower on Spital Hill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Gainsborough, Spital Hill Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (2)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (2)
Gainsborough, Pickwell's Mill (2)

Milling ceased here in 1927 and the sails were removed.

Location of mill: SK 822 904

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Gainsborough, Spital Hill Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Gedney Dyke, Windmill (1)
Gedney Dyke, Windmill (1)
Gedney Dyke, Windmill (1)

This tall mill with eight floors and six sails dates from 1836. It is sometimes known as Seadyke Mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph by Rex Wailes

Gedney Dyke, windmill, Jon Sass, Rex Wailes
Gedney Dyke, Windmill (2)
Gedney Dyke, Windmill (2)
Gedney Dyke, Windmill (2)

The windmill at Gedney Dyke worked by wind until 1942 and had its sails removed five years later.

It is Listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 416 262

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Gedney Dyke, windmill, Peter Kirk
Gedney Hill, Windmill (1)
Gedney Hill, Windmill (1)
Gedney Hill, Windmill (1)

This early nineteenth century tower mill stands in Mill Lane.

The small windows in staggered arrangement are typical of early mills.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Gedney Hill, windmill, Jon Sass
Gedney Hill, Windmill (2)
Gedney Hill, Windmill (2)
Gedney Hill, Windmill (2)

Gedney Hill's seven-storey mill in Mill Lane worked by wind until the 1920s. Engine power was used for a further 20 years.

It is Listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 334 118

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Gedney Hill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Gosberton Risegate, Green’s Mill (1)
Gosberton Risegate, Green’s Mill (1)
Gosberton Risegate, Green’s Mill (1)

This four-sailed mill was erected in 1824 and heightened in the 1840s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Gosberton Risegate, Green's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Gosberton Risegate, Green’s Mill (2)
Gosberton Risegate, Green’s Mill (2)
Gosberton Risegate, Green’s Mill (2)

Some of the machinery of Green's Mill has been retained inside the tower.

It is Listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 220 300

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Gosberton Risegate, Green's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Goxhill, North’s Mill (1)
Goxhill, North’s Mill (1)
Goxhill, North’s Mill (1)

North's Mill was built in 1833, one of three mills in the village.

The miller and his daughter(?) are standing at the open door of the mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Goxhill, windmill, Jon Sass
Goxhill, North’s Mill (2)
Goxhill, North’s Mill (2)
Goxhill, North’s Mill (2)

The final pair of sails were removed from North's Mill in 1934 and it continued to operate for some time with an oil engine.

Location of mill: TA 093 208

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Goxhill, North's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill (1)
Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill (1)
Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill (1)

This is an early nineteenth century mill in Mill Lane.

It was operated by members of the Borman family throughout its life.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1900-1910

Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill (2)
Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill (2)
Grainthorpe, Borman's Mill (2)

The sails, cap and most of the machinery were removed from Borman's Mill just before the Second World War.

The tower has also been reduced in height.

Location of mill: TF 382 970

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Grainthorpe, windmill, Peter Kirk
Grantham, Willoughby's Mill
Grantham, Willoughby's Mill
Grantham, Willoughby's Mill

This mill was on the footpath that runs from the foot of Princess Drive to Manthorpe Road. Only the house now remains.

Unposted card by Jackson & Son of Grimsby

Grantham, Willoughby's Mill
Grasby, Windmill (1)
Grasby, Windmill (1)
Grasby, Windmill (1)

This mill originated in neighbouring Owmby in the mid-eighteenth century.

In 1845 or 1846 it was moved from Owmby to Grasby and in due course a brick round house was built.

It was dismantled in the 1920s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Grasby, windmill, Jon Sass, post mill
Grasby, Windmill (2)
Grasby, Windmill (2)
Grasby, Windmill (2)

This is the brick round house of the post mill, a rare survival..

Milling continued here until just before the First World War.

Location of mill: TA 092 051

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Grasby, windmill, Peter Kirk
Grimsby, Victoria Mills
Grimsby, Victoria Mills
Grimsby, Victoria Mills

The 8-storey Victoria Mills was built as a grain store in 1889 and is flanked by buildings of 1906, now converted to flats.

Corporation Bridge is an electrically operated lift bridge built in 1925.

The PS Lincoln Castle was a coal-fired paddle steamer which operated for many years as a Humber ferry between Hull and New Holland.

It was scrapped by its owner in 2010.

Frank Robinson, 2010

Grimsby, paddle steamer, bridge, Alexandra Dock,
Hagworthingham, Stockwith Mill
Hagworthingham, Stockwith Mill
Hagworthingham, Stockwith Mill

Stockwith Mill is on the River Lymn about one mile north-east of Hagworthingham village centre.

The mill, with its breastshot waterwheel, was built in 1828 on the site of an earlier mill.

Location of mill: TF 357 704

Ken Redmore, 2003

Hagowrthingham, Stockwith watermill,
Hagworthingham, Windmill (1)
Hagworthingham, Windmill (1)
Hagworthingham, Windmill (1)

This tower mill dates from at least 1816, maybe earlier.

It operated with four pairs of stones from the mid-nineteenth century until it closed during the Second World War.

In 1950 the cap was replaced by a pitched roof and the remaining two sails were removed.

Postcard published by W K Morton, from David Robinson Collection, no date

Hagworthingham, W K Morton
Hagworthingham, Windmill (2)
Hagworthingham, Windmill (2)
Hagworthingham, Windmill (2)

A four-storey mill built in the early nineteenth century. It was worked by wind until the 1940s and it soon became derelict after that date.

Location of mill: TF 344 697

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Hagworthingham, windmill, Peter Kirk
Halton Holegate, Windmill
Halton Holegate, Windmill
Halton Holegate, Windmill

Known as Top Mill or Borrill's Mill, this small 4-sailed corn mill (one of two in the village) stood close to the lane leading south from the village centre towards the fen (TF 417 654).

The miller for much of the twentieth century was John Borrill, succeeded by Frank Parker.

Ken Redmore, 1957

Halton Holegate, windmill
Haxey, Burnham Mill (1)
Haxey, Burnham Mill (1)
Haxey, Burnham Mill (1)

One of five mills that once worked in Haxey, Burnham Mill was erected in 1811 and worked by wind until the 1920s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Haxey, Burnham Mill, Jon Sass
Haxey, Burnham Mill (2)
Haxey, Burnham Mill (2)
Haxey, Burnham Mill (2)

Burnham Mill at Haxey was converted into a dwelling in 1987.

It is Listed Grade II.

Location of mill: SE 772 012

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Haxey, Burnham Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill (1)
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill (1)
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill (1)

This small tower mill originally had four floors and four sails which drove three pairs of stones.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1900

Haxey, Westwoodside Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill (2)
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill (2)
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill (2)

Westwoodside Mill is located midway between Haxey and Westwoodside at SK 761 997

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Haxey, Westwoodside Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Heapham, Hewitt’s Mill (1)
Heapham, Hewitt’s Mill (1)
Heapham, Hewitt’s Mill (1)

This four-storey mill was built for William Hewitt in 1876.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1952

Heapham, Hewitt's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Heapham, Hewitt’s Mill (2)
Heapham, Hewitt’s Mill (2)
Heapham, Hewitt’s Mill (2)

Location of Hewitt's Mill: SK 873 887

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

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Heapham, Hewitt's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Heckington, Mowbray’s Mill (1)
Heckington, Mowbray’s Mill (1)
Heckington, Mowbray’s Mill (1)

Mowbray’s or Mowberry’s Mill, of unknown date, is located on Sleaford Road.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Heckington, Mowbray's Mill, Jon Sass, windmill
Heckington, Mowbray’s Mill (2)
Heckington, Mowbray’s Mill (2)
Heckington, Mowbray’s Mill (2)

Mowbray’s Mill in Heckington worked by wind until 1931 and was later reduced in height.

Location of mill: TF 135 442

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Heckington, Mowbray's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Heckington, Pocklington’s Mill (1)
Heckington, Pocklington’s Mill (1)
Heckington, Pocklington’s Mill (1)

View of the mill from the south-west in 1932.

Peter Kirk Collection

Heckington, Pocklington's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Heckington, Pocklington’s Mill (2)
Heckington, Pocklington’s Mill (2)
Heckington, Pocklington’s Mill (2)

This unique eight-sailed mill was built in 1830, originally with five sails. It is restored to full working order.

Location of mill: SK 145 435

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

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Heckington, Pocklington's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Heighington, Motor Lorries
Heighington, Motor Lorries
Heighington, Motor Lorries

Some of the earliest motor lorries belonging to the watermill in Heighington.

The man second to the left is Bert Scott.

Heighington, lorry, watermill, Bert Scott
Heighington, The Beck
Heighington, The Beck
Heighington, The Beck

Heighington Beck, west from the High Street to the three-storey watermill.

Mr Frank East lived in the semi-detached brick house on the left, built by his (stone mason) father on the site of his old thatched stone house in spring 1893.

The October Village Feast had been held on the old site as building work could not start in the winter because of the effect of frost on the mortar.

Heighington, Beck, Watermill
Heighington, Watermill
Heighington, Watermill
Heighington, Watermill

Back view of Heighington Mill over its pond.

The water runs under the building. It is now a private residence and the millstream can be viewed inside through a glass panel in the floor.

Heighington, watermill
Helpringham, Hudson's Mill (1)
Helpringham, Hudson's Mill (1)
Helpringham, Hudson's Mill (1)

This was built as a mill with five floors and four sails in 1864.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Helpringham, Hudson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Helpringham, Hudson's Mill (2)
Helpringham, Hudson's Mill (2)
Helpringham, Hudson's Mill (2)

Hudson's Mill worked by wind until the 1920s. Later an engine and then electrical power were used.

The tower is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 135 405

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Helpringham, Hudson's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Hemswell, Roving Molly, Post Mill
Hemswell, Roving Molly, Post Mill
Hemswell, Roving Molly, Post Mill

This post mill was erected in Hemswell in 1850, having previously been in place at Upton and Blidworth in Nottinghamshire (hence the nickname).

The mill was in use until the c.1920 and was demolished in 1936.

Drawing by F W Chapman, 1923

Hemswell, Roving Molly, post mill, F W Chapman
Heydour, Oasby Mill (1)
Heydour, Oasby Mill (1)
Heydour, Oasby Mill (1)

This mill was built in 1810 and continued in use into the 1920s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Heydour, Oasby Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Heydour, Oasby Mill (2)
Heydour, Oasby Mill (2)
Heydour, Oasby Mill (2)

Oasby Mill is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: SK 995 388

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997
Heydour, Oasby Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Hibaldstow, Reeson’s Mill (1)
Hibaldstow, Reeson’s Mill (1)
Hibaldstow, Reeson’s Mill (1)

This unusual mill, built in 1802, was designed to work by wind and water power.

The tower is constructed of limestone with an additional story of brick added in 1837.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Hibaldstow, Reeson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Hibaldstow, Reeson’s Mill (2)
Hibaldstow, Reeson’s Mill (2)
Hibaldstow, Reeson’s Mill (2)

The water-powered machinery in the mill was take out in 1912 and the sails in 1913.

It is Listed Grade II*.

Location of mill: SE 982 028

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Hibaldstow, Reeson's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Hogsthorpe, Blanchard's Mill
Hogsthorpe, Blanchard's Mill
Hogsthorpe, Blanchard's Mill

Only a small remnant remains of this tower mill, also known as High Mill.

It was raise twice and the sails removed oin 1921.

Unusually, it was rendered with cement at some point.

Location of mill: TF 545 721

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Hogsthorpe, Sivil's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Hogsthorpe, Sivil’s Mill
Hogsthorpe, Sivil’s Mill
Hogsthorpe, Sivil’s Mill

Sivil’s Mill of High Mill at Hogsthorpe, which stood in Mill Lane, lost its cap and sails in a severe gale in January 1881.

It was repaired by Saunderson, millwrights of Louth, and also heightened by one storey, not an uncommon occurrence.

Postcard from David Robinson Collection, 1923

Hogsthorpe, windmill, Sivil's Mill, Saunderson
Holbeach, Damgate Mill
Holbeach, Damgate Mill
Holbeach, Damgate Mill

A tower mill built in 1816 and raised by two further storeys 50 years later.

It was worked by wind until 1928 and then by an oil engine until 1944.

The mill was demolished in nthe 1960s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Holbeach, Damgate Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (1)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (1)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (1)

A mill built in 1827 on the site of a smock mill.

As part of refurbished in 1877 the tower was raised by one storey.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by Rex Wailes, undated

Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, Rex Wailes
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (2)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (2)
Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill (2)

Penny Hill Mill was worked by wind until the 1940s and was abandoned some ten years later.

It is a Grade II listed building.

Location of mill: TF 358 267

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Holbeach, Penny Hill Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Holdingham, Watermill Counting House
Holdingham, Watermill Counting House
Holdingham, Watermill Counting House

Holdingham Mill is on the Slea Navigation, two miles north-east of Sleaford.

It was built in the early nineteenth century by Samuel Cropper.

The mill ceased working in the mid-twentieth century.

On the west side of the navigation, clearly visible from the public footpath, is this minute hexagonal building.

It may have served as an office or counting house for the mill.

Mark Acton, 2008

Holdingham, watermill, counting house, Sleaford, Navigation,
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (1)
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (1)
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (1)

One of five windmills in the town, milling began here on the Spilsby Road in 1843.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Horncastle, Holmes Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (2)
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (2)
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (2)

The five sails on Holmes's Mill were removed in 1916 and it continued to work by steam power until the 1940s.

Location of mill: TF 266 696

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Horncastle, Holmes Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (3)
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (3)
Horncastle, Holmes’s Mill (3)

Mill machinery - including the iron cross for the five sails - which originated from Spital Hill Mill, Gainsborough,

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

 

Horncastle, Holmes Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Horncastle, Water Mill
Horncastle, Water Mill
Horncastle, Water Mill

Horncastle's water mill was on the Bain where it entered the northern side of the town.

postcard, c.1970

Horncastle, water mill
Horsington, Green’s Mill (1)
Horsington, Green’s Mill (1)
Horsington, Green’s Mill (1)

This mill was built in 1827 with five floors and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Horsington, Green's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Horsington, Green’s Mill (2)
Horsington, Green’s Mill (2)
Horsington, Green’s Mill (2)

Green's Mill worked until the early twentieth century. It was reduced to a two-storey stump some time before 1932.

Location of mill: TF 191 683

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Horsington, windmill, Peter Kirk
Horsington, Hill’s Mill
Horsington, Hill’s Mill
Horsington, Hill’s Mill

Hill's Mill was a four-storey mill with four sails built c.1813.

Location of mill: TF 196 695

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Horsington, Hill's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Huttoft, Willson's Mill (1)
Huttoft, Willson's Mill (1)
Huttoft, Willson's Mill (1)

This mill was built in 1844 with five storeys and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Huttoft, Willson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Huttoft, Willson's Mill (2)
Huttoft, Willson's Mill (2)
Huttoft, Willson's Mill (2)

The mill was severly damaged in a gale in 1945 and afterwards, for several years, an engine was employed.

Location of mill: TF 514 767

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Huttoft, windmill, Peter Kirk
Ingham, Lower Mill (1)
Ingham, Lower Mill (1)
Ingham, Lower Mill (1)

A tower mill with six floors built in 1872 at a cost of £1000.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Ingham, Lower Mill, Jon Sass
Ingham, Lower Mill (2)
Ingham, Lower Mill (2)
Ingham, Lower Mill (2)

Lower Mill was converted for domestic use in the 1960s.

Location of mill: SK 942 836

Peter Kirk Collection, 2000
Ingham, Lower Mill, windmill, peter Kirk
Ingham, Top Mill
Ingham, Top Mill
Ingham, Top Mill

Top Mill was built close to the Cliff Road (B1398) to the east of the village.

It is thought to date from the late eighteenth century and worked until the early twentieth.

It was demolished in the 1950s.

Location of mill: SK 957 832

Painting by Karl Wood

Ingham, Cliff Mill, windmill, Karl Wood
Kirton End, Windmill (1)
Kirton End, Windmill (1)
Kirton End, Windmill (1)

This five-storey mill was built in 1833 on the site of a post mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Kirton in Holland, End, windmill, Jon Sass
Kirton End, Windmill (2)
Kirton End, Windmill (2)
Kirton End, Windmill (2)

The mill now has a replica ogee cap and has been converted into a dwelling.

The stump is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 289 402

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Kirton in Holland, Kirton End, Windmill, Peter Kirk
Kirton in Lindsey, Mount Pleasant Mill
Kirton in Lindsey, Mount Pleasant Mill
Kirton in Lindsey, Mount Pleasant Mill

This fine restored mill has a date stone of 1876.

It was operated by wind until 1936 and then powered by an oil engine until 1973.

Restoration was completed in 1991.

Location of mill: SK 939 994

Peter Kirk Collection, 2000

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Kirton Lindsey, Mount Pleasant Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Langton by Horncastle, Windmill (1)
Langton by Horncastle, Windmill (1)
Langton by Horncastle, Windmill (1)

Langton Mill was built in 1861 by Charles Clark of Horncastle.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Langton By Horncastle, windmill, Jon Sass
Langton by Horncastle, Windmill (2)
Langton by Horncastle, Windmill (2)
Langton by Horncastle, Windmill (2)

Sails were removed and the mill abandoned in 1936 after a storm.

Location of mill: TF 245 695

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Langton By Horncastle, windmill, Peter Kirk
Laughterton, windmill
Laughterton, windmill
Laughterton, windmill

One of Lincolnshire's post mills, which was erected in the 1780s and demolished in 1951.

Painting by Karl Wood, 1931

Laughterton, windmill, Karl Wood, post mill
Leadenham, Lowfield Mill (1)
Leadenham, Lowfield Mill (1)
Leadenham, Lowfield Mill (1)

One of a pair of mills, Lowfield Mill was built in 1840 with six floors and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by D W Muggeridge, 1934

Leadenham, Lowfield windmill, Jon Sass
Leadenham, Lowfield Mill (2)
Leadenham, Lowfield Mill (2)
Leadenham, Lowfield Mill (2)

The machinery and equipment at Lowfield Mill was removed in the 1980s and twenty years later it was converted into a dwelling.

Location of mill: SK 921 532

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997
Leadenham, Lowfield mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Legbourne, Windmill (1)
Legbourne, Windmill (1)
Legbourne, Windmill (1)

Unusually among Lincolnshire mills, Legbourne Mill was designed to operate by wind or water power.

It was built by Saundersons of Louth in 1847 and it remained in use until 1962.

Postcard by Tilley of Ledbury from David Robinson Collection, undated

Legbourne, windmill, Saunderson, Tilley Ledbury
Legbourne, Windmill (2)
Legbourne, Windmill (2)
Legbourne, Windmill (2)

One of the rare mills that could operate under wind or water power. It was built in 1847 and the last miller retired in 1962.

Location of mill: TF 362 842

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Legbourne, windmill, Peter Kirk
Lincoln, Ellis Mill (1)
Lincoln, Ellis Mill (1)
Lincoln, Ellis Mill (1)

This small mill, built in 1798, has 4 sails and only 3 floors.

During the nineteenth century it was one of 8 mills along a short stretch of Burton Road to the north-west of the city.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1941


IA and Bridges, Ellis Mill, Jon Sass
Lincoln, Ellis Mill (2)
Lincoln, Ellis Mill (2)
Lincoln, Ellis Mill (2)

Ellis Mill was worked commercially until 1941.

It was restored by Lincoln Civic Trust in the 1970s and is regularly worked by volunteers.

Location of mill: SK 971 722

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

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IA and Bridges, Ellis Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Lincoln, Le Tall’s Mill (1)
Lincoln, Le Tall’s Mill (1)
Lincoln, Le Tall’s Mill (1)

The original mill here was built in the second quarter of the nineteenth century.

It had five sails but was remodelled with six sails in 1863. In 1882 a roller mill was introduced on the site.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1910


IA and Bridges, Le Tall's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Lincoln, Le Tall’s Mill (2)
Lincoln, Le Tall’s Mill (2)
Lincoln, Le Tall’s Mill (2)

The mill tower and the associated buildings which housed the roller mill have been converted for residential use.

Location of mill: SK 971 703

Peter Kirk Collection, 2001

IA and Bridges, Le tall Mill
Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill (1)
Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill (1)
Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill (1)

When built in 1817 this mill had four sails but after remodelling later in the century it was fitted with six sails.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by D W Muggeridge, 1935

Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill,windmill, Jon Sass
Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill (2)
Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill (2)
Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill (2)

Milling ceased here in the 1930s and the sails and cap were removed in 1973.

It is a Grade II Listed building.

Location of mill: TF 440 221

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Long Sutton, Brunswick Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Long Sutton, Harrison’s Mill (1)
Long Sutton, Harrison’s Mill (1)
Long Sutton, Harrison’s Mill (1)

This seven-floored mill with six sails was built in 1843.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1919

Long Sutton, Harrison's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Long Sutton, Harrison’s Mill (2)
Long Sutton, Harrison’s Mill (2)
Long Sutton, Harrison’s Mill (2)

The sails were removed from the mill in 1925 and for a while it continued milling with an oil engine.

It is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TF 438 229

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Long Sutton, Harrison's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Luddington, New Mill (1)
Luddington, New Mill (1)
Luddington, New Mill (1)

This mill, built in the mid-1850s, originally had five floors.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1930s

Luddington, New Mill, Jon Sass, windmill
Luddington, New Mill (2)
Luddington, New Mill (2)
Luddington, New Mill (2)

Milling ceased at this mill in 1929 after damage in a gale.

Location of mill: SE 828 174

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Luddington, New Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Ludford, Windmill (1)
Ludford, Windmill (1)
Ludford, Windmill (1)

Saundersons of Louth built this mill in 1869 to replace a post mill. It had five storeys and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1910

Ludford, windmill, Jon Sass, Saunderson
Ludford, Windmill (2)
Ludford, Windmill (2)
Ludford, Windmill (2)

Ludford Magna's mill worked by wind until 1932.

Because it was near to an airfield, the sails, cap and upper section of the tower were removed in the early 1940s.

Location of mill: TF 200 895

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Ludford, windmill, Peter Kirk, RAF Ludford Magna
Lutton Gowts, Sneath’s Mill (1)
Lutton Gowts, Sneath’s Mill (1)
Lutton Gowts, Sneath’s Mill (1)

This distinctive tower mill is one of the country’s earliest.

Built in 1779, it has an unusual octagonal brick tower.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by Rex Wailes, c.1928

Lutton, Gowlts windmill, Jon Sass
Lutton Gowts, Sneath’s Mill (2)
Lutton Gowts, Sneath’s Mill (2)
Lutton Gowts, Sneath’s Mill (2)

Some machinery of Sneath's Mill survives.

Attempts are being made to preserve it. It is Listed Grade I.

Location of mill: TF 436 243

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Lutton, Sneath's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Maltby le Marsh, Windmill (1)
Maltby le Marsh, Windmill (1)
Maltby le Marsh, Windmill (1)

John Saunderson, millwright of Louth, built this mill in 1841. It had three pairs of stones.

The cap was blown off in 1864 and again in 1881.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1935

Maltby le Marsh, windmill, Jon Sass, Saunderson
Maltby le Marsh, Windmill (2)
Maltby le Marsh, Windmill (2)
Maltby le Marsh, Windmill (2)

The windmill at Maltby le Marsh worked by wind until 1952.

Location of mill: TF 470 820

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997

Maltby le Marsh, windmill, Peter Kirk
Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's Mill (1)
Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's Mill (1)
Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's Mill (1)

A tower mill built in 1820 and raised by the ‘insertion’ of two floors – making six in all – later in the century.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's windmill, Jon Sass
Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's Mill (2)
Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's Mill (2)
Mareham le Fen, Chatterton's Mill (2)

The mill had four sails, which were removed in 1910; the cap was taken off in 1939.

Location of mill: TF 281 610

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Mareham le Fen, windmill, Peter Kirk
Marshchapel, Giddy’s Mill (1)
Marshchapel, Giddy’s Mill (1)
Marshchapel, Giddy’s Mill (1)

This three-storey mill in Mill Lane was built in 1835 on the site of a post mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Marshchapel, Giddy's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Marshchapel, Giddy’s Mill (2)
Marshchapel, Giddy’s Mill (2)
Marshchapel, Giddy’s Mill (2)

This mill had four sails and three stones.

Location of mill: TF 362 993

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Marshchapel, windmill, Giddy's Mill, Peter Kirk
Marton, Port Mill (1)
Marton, Port Mill (1)
Marton, Port Mill (1)

Built in the late eighteenth century standing close to the Trent to the west of the village.

photograph from Exley Collection, 1927

Marton, Port Mill, Jon Sass, windmill
Marton, Port Mill (2)
Marton, Port Mill (2)
Marton, Port Mill (2)

Port Mill was derelict by the 1920s. It is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: SK 834 816

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Marton, Port Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Metheringham, Windmill (1)
Metheringham, Windmill (1)
Metheringham, Windmill (1)

This was once a fine mill with seven floors and six sails. It was built in 1867.

Lincolnshire Echo photograph, 1930s

Metheringham, windmill,
Metheringham, Windmill (2)
Metheringham, Windmill (2)
Metheringham, Windmill (2)

The tower of the windmill at Metheringham is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 064 613

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Metheringham, windmill, Peter Kirk
Middle Rasen, Windmill (1)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (1)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (1)

This mill was erected in 1820, originally with three floors and four sails.

The tower was raised in 1873.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Middle Rasen, windmill, Jon Sass
Middle Rasen, Windmill (2)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (2)
Middle Rasen, Windmill (2)

The mill was worked by wind until the 1920s. For a further 30 years the mill machinery was powered by belt drive from a tractor.

Location of mill: TF 091 888

Peter Kirk Collection, 2000

Middle Rasen, windmill, Peter Kirk
Morton by Gainsborough, Kelsey’s Mill
Morton by Gainsborough, Kelsey’s Mill
Morton by Gainsborough, Kelsey’s Mill
This mill was erected c.1800 and abandoned after a serious fire in 1911.

Location of mill: SK 810 921

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Morton by Gainsborough, windmill, Peter Kirk
Moulton Chapel, Windmill (1)
Moulton Chapel, Windmill (1)
Moulton Chapel, Windmill (1)

This mill was built on the site of a post mill in 1865.

The original tower had five floors and there were four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Moulton Chapel, windmill, Jon Sass
Moulton Chapel, Windmill (2)
Moulton Chapel, Windmill (2)
Moulton Chapel, Windmill (2)

This mill is Grade II Listed.

Location of mill: TF 294 183

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Moulton Chapel, windmill, Peter Kirk
Moulton, Windmill (1)
Moulton, Windmill (1)
Moulton, Windmill (1)

This tall (nine-storey) mill was built in 1822 by Robert King and was most recently worked by the Biggadike family from 1924 to 1995. 

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1895

Moulton, windmill, Jon Sass
Moulton, Windmill (2)
Moulton, Windmill (2)
Moulton, Windmill (2)

A provender milling business continued on the site until 1995.

Location of mill: TF 307 240

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

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Moulton, windmill, Peter Kirk
Moulton, Windmill (3)
Moulton, Windmill (3)
Moulton, Windmill (3)

At approximately 100 feet high to the cap and with nine floors, Moulton windmill is reputedly the tallest mill in the country.

The mill has now been completely restored to working order and is open to the public.

Ken Redmore 2010

Moulton, windmill, Biggadike,
Mumby, Post Mill
Mumby, Post Mill
Mumby, Post Mill

This mill was said to date from the seventeenth century. It was demolished in 1920 though the mill house in Mill Lane still survives.

Postcard published by Skegness Postcard Library, from David Robinson Collection, 1905

Mumby, post mill, Skegness Postcard Library
Nettleham, Water Mill
Nettleham, Water Mill
Nettleham, Water Mill

Nettleham, watermill water mill
New Bolingbroke, Rundle’s Mill
New Bolingbroke, Rundle’s Mill
New Bolingbroke, Rundle’s Mill

This Grade II listed tower was built in the 1820s as a five-storey, four-sailed mill.

Location of mill: TF 307 585

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
New Bolingbroke, Rundle's Mill, Peter Kirk, windmill
New Bolingbroke, Watkinson's Mill
New Bolingbroke, Watkinson's Mill
New Bolingbroke, Watkinson's Mill

Watkinson's Mill was built in the early 1820s with four storeys and four double-sided patent sails.

It is sometimes known as Carrington Mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph


New Bolingbroke, Watkinson's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
North Hykeham, Ladd’s Mill (1)
North Hykeham, Ladd’s Mill (1)
North Hykeham, Ladd’s Mill (1)

This tower mill built in 1824 with four floors, later heightened to five.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

North Hykeham, Ladd's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
North Hykeham, Ladd’s Mill (2)
North Hykeham, Ladd’s Mill (2)
North Hykeham, Ladd’s Mill (2)

Ladd's Mill had four sails and worked by wind for almost exactly 100 years.

Location of mill: SK 940 656

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

North Hykeham, Ladd's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
North Kelsey, New Mill
North Kelsey, New Mill
North Kelsey, New Mill

This four-floored brick tower mill, built in the early nineteenth century, stands on Carr Lane.

The mill operated by both wind and steam power until the end of the century and was abandoned in 1905.

Location of mill: TA 036 013

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

North Kelsey, New Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Old Bolingbroke, Windmill (1)
Old Bolingbroke, Windmill (1)
Old Bolingbroke, Windmill (1)

This short, three-storied mill standing on Kirkby Hill had a lime-washed tower.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Old Bolingbroke, windmill, Jon Sass
Old Bolingbroke, Windmill (2)
Old Bolingbroke, Windmill (2)
Old Bolingbroke, Windmill (2)

The mill at Old Bolingbroke worked by wind until 1950 and was dismantled in 1953.

Location of mill: TF 339 642

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Old Bolingbroke, windmill, Peter Kirk
Old Leake Commonside, Howsham’s Mill (1)
Old Leake Commonside, Howsham’s Mill (1)
Old Leake Commonside, Howsham’s Mill (1)

This tower mill, which stands near Chapel Road, was built in 1859.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Old Leake, Howsam's Mill, Commonside, Jon Sass, windmill
Old Leake Commonside, Howsham’s Mill (2)
Old Leake Commonside, Howsham’s Mill (2)
Old Leake Commonside, Howsham’s Mill (2)

The cap and sails on Howsham's Mill were removed in 1950 and the tower was slightly reduced in height.

Location of mill: TF 398 522

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Old Leake, Commonside, Howsham's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Owston Ferry, Lilley’s Mill (1)
Owston Ferry, Lilley’s Mill (1)
Owston Ferry, Lilley’s Mill (1)

This is one of three mills which once stood on the bank of the Trent to the east of the village centre.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Owston Ferry, Lilley's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Owston Ferry, Lilley’s Mill (2)
Owston Ferry, Lilley’s Mill (2)
Owston Ferry, Lilley’s Mill (2)

Lilley's Mill was disused by 1923 and was later reduced to three storeys but then raised an extra storey for conversion into a house.

Location of mill: SK 815 993

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Owston Ferry, Lilley's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Pickworth, Windmill (1)
Pickworth, Windmill (1)
Pickworth, Windmill (1)

Pickworth Mill, like many tower mills, was built in the early nineteenth century.

It was taken out of use in the early years of the twentieth century.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Pickworth, windmill, Jon Sass
Pickworth, Windmill (2)
Pickworth, Windmill (2)
Pickworth, Windmill (2)

The windmill at Pickworth originally had three floors and was driven by four sails.

Location of mill: TF 042 342

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Pickworth, windmill, Peter Kirk
Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill (1)
Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill (1)
Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill (1)

This mill with its bakehouse has stood by the river Glen near Small Drove Lane since 1812.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by Rex Wailes, c.1928

Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill (2)
Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill (2)
Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill (2)

Glenside Mill continued in use with modern milling machinery until the 1970s.

Location of mill: TF 206 252

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Pinchbeck, Glenside Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill (1)
Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill (1)
Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill (1)

This five-floored mill was built in 1848 on the site of a former post mill.

undated photograph

Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill (2)
Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill (2)
Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill (2)

The cap and internal machinery were removed from Northgate Mill in the 1930s.

Location of mill: TF 227 260

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Pinchbeck, Northgate Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Saltfleet Mill (1)
Saltfleet Mill (1)
Saltfleet Mill (1)

This tower standing in on the old sea bank in Mill Lane was built in 1770.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1900s

Skidbrooke, Saltfleet Haven windmill, Jon Sass
Saltfleet Mill (2)
Saltfleet Mill (2)
Saltfleet Mill (2)

Saltfleet Mill was last operated in the 1950s and was then converted into a dwelling.

Location of mill: TF 456 936

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

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Skidbrooke, Saltfleet Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Saxilby, Windmill (1)
Saxilby, Windmill (1)
Saxilby, Windmill (1)

This 4-sailed mill with five floors was built in 1823 and operated by wind power until 1927.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Saxilby, windmill, Jon Sass
Saxilby, Windmill (2)
Saxilby, Windmill (2)
Saxilby, Windmill (2)

For a few years from the late 1920s the mill was powered by oil engine.

Location of mill:  SK 892 748

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Saxilby, windmill, Peter Kirk
Scawby, Windmill (1)
Scawby, Windmill (1)
Scawby, Windmill (1)

The original mill at Scawby was built in 1829 and became derelict in the early years of the twentieth century.

This view of the mill is from Gainsborough Lane.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1890s

Scawby, windmill, Jon Sass
Scawby, Windmill (2)
Scawby, Windmill (2)
Scawby, Windmill (2)

The current mill standing in Mill Lane is a 1993 reconstruction of a tower mill that collapsed when being converted into a dwelling.

Location of mill: SE 972 058

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Scawby, windmill, Peter Kirk
Scopwick, windmill (1)
Scopwick, windmill (1)
Scopwick, windmill (1)

This four-sailed mill, with five floors was built in 1827 on Scopwick Heath.

It was worked until shortly before the First World War.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1912

Scopwick, windmill, Jon Sass
Scopwick, windmill (2)
Scopwick, windmill (2)
Scopwick, windmill (2)

The tower is listed Grade II. It is shown here shortly before conversion into a dwelling.

Location of mill: TF 058 576

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Scopwick, windmill
Scopwick, windmill (3)
Scopwick, windmill (3)
Scopwick, windmill (3)

The final twenty-first century conversion of the mill into residential accommodation.

Jon Sass Collection, July 2015

Scopwick, windmill, Jon Sass
Scotter, Cottingham’s Mill (1)
Scotter, Cottingham’s Mill (1)
Scotter, Cottingham’s Mill (1)

This mill was built on the site of a former post mill by Charles Hett of Brigg in 1874.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Scotter, Cottingham's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, Charles Hett
Scotter, Cottingham’s Mill (2)
Scotter, Cottingham’s Mill (2)
Scotter, Cottingham’s Mill (2)

Cottingham's Mill worked until the late 1930s and 50 years later it was incorporated into a dwelling.

It is listed Grade II.

Location of mill: SE 883 005

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998
Scotter, Cottingham's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk,
Scremby, Grebby Mill (1)
Scremby, Grebby Mill (1)
Scremby, Grebby Mill (1)

The Grebby Mill was built in 1812. Unusually in Lincolnshire the brickwork was protected with whitewash rather than tar.

Milling was carried on until c.1950.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Scremby, Grebby Mill, Jon Sass, windmill
Scremby, Grebby Mill (2)
Scremby, Grebby Mill (2)
Scremby, Grebby Mill (2)

The cap and most of the machinery were removed from the mill in 1963 and it was later converted into domestic accommodation.

Location of mill: TF 438 684

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Scremby, Grebby Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Scunthorpe, Long's Mill (1)
Scunthorpe, Long's Mill (1)
Scunthorpe, Long's Mill (1)

This tower mill, close to the steelworks to the east of Scunthorpe, was built in 1858.

The mill had four floors and four double-sided sails.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph early 1900s

Scunthorpe, Long's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Scunthorpe, Long's Mill (2)
Scunthorpe, Long's Mill (2)
Scunthorpe, Long's Mill (2)

Long's Mill ceased to operate in the 1930s and the machinery was removed.

The tower was restored and capped in the 1980s. It is Listed Grade II.

Location of mill: SE 902 113

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Scunthorpe, windmill, Peter Kirk
Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill (1)
Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill (1)
Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill (1)

This early nineteenth-century mill stands in the north end of the village close to the A16.

As with many other mills, the tower was heightened later in the century, in the instance by one storey.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by Rex Wailes c.1928

Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill (2)
Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill (2)
Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill (2)

Sails and fan were removed from the Rhoades' Mill in 1924 and it ceased to work thereafter.

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Sibsey, Rhoades' Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Sibsey, Trader Mill (1)
Sibsey, Trader Mill (1)
Sibsey, Trader Mill (1)

This mill, in the care of English Heritage, was one of the last mills to be built in the county (1877, by Saunderson of Louth).

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by D W Muggeridge, 1935

Sibsey, Trader Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, Saunderson
Sibsey, Trader Mill (2)
Sibsey, Trader Mill (2)
Sibsey, Trader Mill (2)

Sibsey Trader Windmill was built in 1877 by Saundersons of Louth and stands 74' 3" from base to the top of the cap. It is one of the few 6 sail mills left in England.

It was earmarked by the Ministry of Works in the 1960s as one of 12 windmills of national importance and was renovated in the 1970s.

It is open to visitors at weekends throughout the year and on Tuesdays from May to September.

Mark Acton, 2017

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Sibsey, Trader windmill, Saunderson, Louth
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill

Cogglesford Mill, Sleaford was recently restored to working condition and its breast-shot wheel drives the stones and other machinery from time to time to produce flour.

This photograph shows the ground floor, an open exhibition area with milling tools and equipment.

A series of display boards describe the history of the mill and its millers.

Mark Acton, 2008

Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill, watermill, Sleaford Navigation,
Sleaford, Cogglesford&nbspMill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill
Sleaford, Cogglesford Mill

Cogglesford Watermill, on the Slea Navigation is alongside the top lock of the Sleaford Navigation half a mile from Sleaford town centre (TF 074461).

It was probably built in 1771, with a top floor added in the 1830s.

It is open daily from Easter to the end of September and at weekends in the winter.

Mark Acton, 2008

Sleaford, Cogglesford watermill, Sleaford navigation, canal,
Sleaford, Money’s Mill (1)
Sleaford, Money’s Mill (1)
Sleaford, Money’s Mill (1)

This mill has stood in Craven’s Yard close to Southgate since the late eighteenth century.

It had an associated granary and bakehouse and continued in operation until c.1900.

Jon Sass Collection, illustration c.1798

Sleaford, Money's Mill windmill, Jon Sass, Craven's Yard
Sleaford, Money’s Mill (2)
Sleaford, Money’s Mill (2)
Sleaford, Money’s Mill (2)

The ogee cap on Money's Mill is a replica of the timber original.

Location of mill: TF 069 456

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Sleaford, Money's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
South Rauceby, Windmill (1)
South Rauceby, Windmill (1)
South Rauceby, Windmill (1)

This six-storey mill was built in 1841.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

South Rauceby, windmill Jon Sass
South Rauceby, Windmill (2)
South Rauceby, Windmill (2)
South Rauceby, Windmill (2)

The windmill at South Rauceby closed in 1937 when the miller, Herbert Sleight, retired.

The structure has a Grade II listing.

Location of mill: TF 024 457

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

South Rauceby, windmill, Peter Kirk
Spalding, Birch's Mill
Spalding, Birch's Mill
Spalding, Birch's Mill

Birch’s Mill was a powerful six-sailer built in 1819. It was demolished in 1909.

Postcard from David Robinson Collection, 1906


Spalding, Birch's Mill
Spalding, Lock's Mill
Spalding, Lock's Mill
Spalding, Lock's Mill

Lock's Mill on St Catherine's Island, Spalding.

This smock mill, one of very few built in Lincolnshire, was demolished in 1899.


Undated photograph

Spalding, Lock's Mill, windmill, smock mill, St Catherine's Island,
Stallingborough, Windmill (1)
Stallingborough, Windmill (1)
Stallingborough, Windmill (1)

This six-storeyed mill on a site south of the village centre was built in 1875.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph by D W Muggeridge, 1934

Stallingborough, windmill, Jon Sass
Stallingborough, Windmill (2)
Stallingborough, Windmill (2)
Stallingborough, Windmill (2)

In 1957 this mill was caught out by a tailwind which wrecked the top.

Location of mill: TA 191 106

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Stallingborough, windmill, Peter Kirk
Stickford, Barr Green Mill (1)
Stickford, Barr Green Mill (1)
Stickford, Barr Green Mill (1)

Barr Green Mill or Shaw’s Mill is a small tower mill (three floors) which was built in 1820 and stands close to the A16.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Stickford, Bar Green Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Stickford, Barr Green Mill (2)
Stickford, Barr Green Mill (2)
Stickford, Barr Green Mill (2)

Milling ceased here in the 1950s. The tower is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TF 346 589

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Stickford, Barr Greem Mill, Shaw's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Stickney, Donner’s Mill (1)
Stickney, Donner’s Mill (1)
Stickney, Donner’s Mill (1)

This mill was built in 1845 for William Balderston.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Stickney, Donner's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass, William Balderston
Stickney, Donner’s Mill (2)
Stickney, Donner’s Mill (2)
Stickney, Donner’s Mill (2)

Milling by wind ended at Donner's Mill in 1952 but continued for a while under engine power.

Location of mill: TF 345 569

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Stickney, Donner's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Sturton by Stow, Union Mill (1)
Sturton by Stow, Union Mill (1)
Sturton by Stow, Union Mill (1)

This four-storey tower mill on Mill Lane, built in 1815, worked with four sails. It was wind powered with supplementary oil engine until 1954.

It was a subscription mill, i.e. it was owned by local shareholders, 40 in this instance.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph


Sturton by Stow, windmill, Jon Sass
Sturton by Stow, Union Mill (2)
Sturton by Stow, Union Mill (2)
Sturton by Stow, Union Mill (2)

The Union Mill at Sturton is a Grade II listed structure.

Location of mill: SK 881 804

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Sturton by Stow, Union Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Sutterton, Windmill (1)
Sutterton, Windmill (1)
Sutterton, Windmill (1)

This mill, at the junction of Mill Lane and Wigtoft Road, was built in 1855 with five floors and four sails.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1899

Sutterton, windmill, Jon Sass
Sutterton, Windmill (2)
Sutterton, Windmill (2)
Sutterton, Windmill (2)

William Tuxford of Boston provided some of the original machinery for Sutterton Mill.

Location of mill: TF 273 359

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Sutterton, windmill, William Tuxford, Peter Kirk
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill (1)
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill (1)
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill (1)

This mill was built in 1828 on Mill Lane. Like many other milling businesses there was a bakehouse alongside.

Location of mill: TF 389 181

Jon Sass Collection, undated postcard


Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill (2)
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill (2)
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill (2)

Ives Corss Mill worked by engine until the c.1906 and the tower was demolished in the early 1990s.

A very small fragment of the mill tower has been retained in the centre of Sutton St James.

Location of mill: TF 389 181

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999
Sutton St James, Ives Cross Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Swineshead, North End Mill (1)
Swineshead, North End Mill (1)
Swineshead, North End Mill (1)

The tower of this three-floor mill has stood on Mill Lane since 1821.

There were once at least three other tower mills in the village.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Swineshead, Noreth End Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Swineshead, North End Mill (2)
Swineshead, North End Mill (2)
Swineshead, North End Mill (2)

North End Mill worked by wind until 1932 when it was ‘tail winded’ and had to be abandoned.

Location of mill: TF 229 415

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

(Peter Kirk's bicycle is seen in the right foreground. Peter used this mode of transport to visit and photograph the County's mills.)

Swineshead, North End Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Toynton All Saints, Eno’s Mill (1)
Toynton All Saints, Eno’s Mill (1)
Toynton All Saints, Eno’s Mill (1)

Like many other tower mills Eno's Mill at Toynton All Saints was built on the site of a post mill.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Toynton All Saints, Eno's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Toynton All Saints, Eno’s Mill (2)
Toynton All Saints, Eno’s Mill (2)
Toynton All Saints, Eno’s Mill (2)

The sails and cap were removed in 1958 and Eno's Mill was converted into a dwelling in the 1980s.

Much of the internal machinery was used in the restoration of Ellis's Mill in Lincoln.

The tower is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TF 393 640

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Toynton All Saints, Eno's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk, Ellis Mill
Trusthorpe, windmill (1)
Trusthorpe, windmill (1)
Trusthorpe, windmill (1)

This eight-storey mill, by Saunderson of Louth, was one of the last to be built in the county (1882).

It was fitted out with machinery from a demolished mill in Hull.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Trusthorpe, windmill, Jon Sass, Saunderson
Trusthorpe, windmill (2)
Trusthorpe, windmill (2)
Trusthorpe, windmill (2)

In 1937 the mill tower was reduced in height and it was converted into a dwelling.

Location of mill: TF 513 840

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Trusthorpe, windmill, Peter Kirk, Saunderson
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill (1)
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill (1)
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill (1)

Anderson's Mill was a four-sailed mill with four floors. It was built in the early nineteenth century.

This view of the working mill is along Silver Street.

Jon Sass Collection, undated postcard

Waddingham, windmill, Jon Sass, Silver Street
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill (2)
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill (2)
Waddingham, Anderson's Mill (2)

Anderson's Mill was worked by wind until about 1910 and was driven by engine until 1946.

Since this photograph was taken the mill has been fitted with a replica ogee cap and the tower has been conserved.

It is a Grade II listed structure.

Location: SK 981 961

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Waddingham, Anderson's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Waddington, Worsdall’s Mill (1)
Waddington, Worsdall’s Mill (1)
Waddington, Worsdall’s Mill (1)

A tower mill built in 1866, initially with three floors (later heightened to five) and four sails.

The mill worked until the early 1920s.

Exley Collection, photograph 1927

Waddington, Worsdall's Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill (1)
Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill (1)
Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill (1)

Now part of Bateman’s Brewery this mill was built in the 1820s.

It had six floors and five sails. Milling ceased in 1922.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill windmill, Jon Sass
Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill (2)
Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill (2)
Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill (2)

The windmill was bought by Batemans brewery in the early 1920s.

The sails of the mill have been removed.

The ground floor is now a bar open to visitors whilst the floor above is the company board-room. 

Location of mill: TF 495 586

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

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Wainfleet All Saints, Salem Bridge Mill, windmill, Bateman, Peter Kirk
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker’s Mill (1)
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker’s Mill (1)
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker’s Mill (1)

A mill built in the 1820s which ceased to work in 1947 after damage in a gale.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1934

Wainfleet St Mary, windmill, Jon Sass
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker’s Mill (2)
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker’s Mill (2)
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker’s Mill (2)

The machinery in the mill was dismantled and removed in 1949.

The tower is Grade II listed.

Location of mill: TF 490 582

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002
Wainfleet St Mary, Picker's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Waltham, Windmill (1)
Waltham, Windmill (1)
Waltham, Windmill (1)

This seven-storey mill with six sails was built by Saundersons of Louth in 1880.

It was designed to also operate under steam power and ceased to work from wind power in the 1960s.

Frith postcard from David Robinson Collection, undated

Waltham, Saunderson Louth
Waltham, Windmill (2)
Waltham, Windmill (2)
Waltham, Windmill (2)

This fine mill has six sails and seven storeys.

It ceased to work commercially in the 1960s but was later restored to full working order.

Location of mill: TA 259 033

Peter Kirk Collection, 1997

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Waltham, windmill, Peter Kirk
Welbourn, Windmill
Welbourn, Windmill
Welbourn, Windmill

Inscription states

"ERECTED

BY

HENRY MINN??

183?" 

DB 24 June 2018

Welbourn, Windmill, Corn
Welbourn, Windmill
Welbourn, Windmill
Welbourn, Windmill

Marked as a corn mill on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map published 1905.

DB 24 June 2018

Welbourn, Windmill, Corn
Wellingore, Windmill (1)
Wellingore, Windmill (1)
Wellingore, Windmill (1)

The first tower mill here, built in 1818, had three storeys and replaced a post mill on the same site.

It was later raised by a further three floors, probably in 1854. Milling ceased in the 1930s.

Postcard from David Robinson Collection, 1903

Wellingore, windmill
Wellingore, Windmill (2)
Wellingore, Windmill (2)
Wellingore, Windmill (2)

Wellingore Mill worked with four sails in the early part of the twentieth century and milling ceased altogether in the late 1940s.

Location of mill: SK 984 570

Peter Kirk Collection, 1998

Wellingore, windmll, Peter Kirk
West Butterwick, Coggon’s Mill (1)
West Butterwick, Coggon’s Mill (1)
West Butterwick, Coggon’s Mill (1)

A mill which was built in the early nineteenth century with four floors and four sails and stands close to the bank of the Trent.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

West Butterwick, windmill, Jon Sass, Coggon's Mill
West Butterwick, Coggon’s Mill (2)
West Butterwick, Coggon’s Mill (2)
West Butterwick, Coggon’s Mill (2)

The machinery in Coggon's Mill was removed in the 1960s. It is Listed Grade II.

Since this photograph was taken the mill has been fitted with a new ogee cap and floors in the mill have been reinstated.

Location of mill: SE 836 066

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

West Butterwick, Coggon's Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Whaplode Shepeau Stow, Windmill (1)
Whaplode Shepeau Stow, Windmill (1)
Whaplode Shepeau Stow, Windmill (1)

This is a four-storeyed mill, originally with four sails, built in c.1800.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1920s

Whaplode Shepeau Stow, windmill, Jon Sass
Whaplode Shepeau Stow, Windmill (2)
Whaplode Shepeau Stow, Windmill (2)
Whaplode Shepeau Stow, Windmill (2)

The mill at Shepeau Stow was worked by wind until the 1920s.

It is Listed Grade II.

Location of mill: TF 308 123

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Whaplode Shepeau Stow, windmill, Peter Kirk
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill (1)
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill (1)
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill (1)

This tower mill, originally with only three floors, was built by Gray of Boston in c.1810 on Haven Bank and raised to give an additional floor in 1886.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Wildmore, windmill, Haven bank, Jon Sass, Gray
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill (2)
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill (2)
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill (2)

This mill is located on Haven Bank in Wildmore parish at: TF 241 533

Peter Kirk Collection, 2001
Wildmore, Haven Bank Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (1)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (1)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (1)

This mill was built in the 1880s with a steam engine alongside to replace an earlier post mill.

It suffered a severe fire in 1887 and was reinstated with engine-driven machinery.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill, windmill, Jon Sass
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (2)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (2)
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill (2)

Kirkstead Mill had six storeys and four sails nad is now severely truncated.

Location of mill: TF 176 626

Peter Kirk Collection, 2001
Woodhall Spa, Kirkstead Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Stenwith Mill
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Stenwith Mill
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Stenwith Mill

This mill was probably built in the early nineteenth century and disused before the First World War.

Location of mill: SK 836 363

Peter Kirk Collection, 1999

Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Stenwith Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Wragby, Windmill (1)
Wragby, Windmill (1)
Wragby, Windmill (1)

The mill on Bardney Road was built in 1831 with seven storeys and six sails.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1903

Wragby, windmill, Jon Sass
Wragby, Windmill (2)
Wragby, Windmill (2)
Wragby, Windmill (2)

Wragby windmill at the turn of the new century, refurbished and 're-tarred'.

Location of mill: TF 131 778 

Peter Kirk Collection, 2000

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Wragby, windmill, Peter Kirk
Wrangle, Toft Mill (1)
Wrangle, Toft Mill (1)
Wrangle, Toft Mill (1)

A tower mill, originally with four floors and four sails, which was wind-powered until the 1920s.

Jon Sass Collection, undated photograph

Wrangle, Toft Mill, windmll, Jon Sass
Wrangle, Toft Mill (2)
Wrangle, Toft Mill (2)
Wrangle, Toft Mill (2)

For a while Toft Mill was driven by engine; it is now converted into a house.

Location of mill: TF 443 516

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Wrangle, Toft Mill, windmill, Peter Kirk
Wrangle, Windmill (1)
Wrangle, Windmill (1)
Wrangle, Windmill (1)

This three-storey tower mill was built in the 1820s and was later heightened.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph 1920s

Wrangle, windmill, Jon Sass
Wrangle, Windmill (2)
Wrangle, Windmill (2)
Wrangle, Windmill (2)

Wrangle Mill worked by wind until the 1930s and then by electric power to c.1970.

Location of mill: TF 439 511

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Wrangle, windmill, Peter Kirk
Wrawby, Post Mill (1)
Wrawby, Post Mill (1)
Wrawby, Post Mill (1)

There has been a mill on this site for over 400 years.

The present mill was rebuilt in 1832 and refurbished in 1965.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1886


Wrawby, post mill, Jon Sass
Wrawby, Post Mill (2)
Wrawby, Post Mill (2)
Wrawby, Post Mill (2)

Wrawby Mill (TA 026088) was built in the mid-to late-18th century as an open trestle mill, the roundhouse being added in the early 19th century.

In this form, it continued as a working wind-powered mill until 1940.

It was restored to working order in the 1960s, it is now open to the public on several days each year.

Wrawby Mill is the only surviving postmill in Lincolnshire.

F Robinson, 2010

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Wrawby, post mill,
Wyberton, Windmill (1)
Wyberton, Windmill (1)
Wyberton, Windmill (1)

This early nineteenth century mill had four sails and four floors.

Jon Sass Collection, photograph c.1900

Wyberton, windmill, Jon Sass
Wyberton, Windmill (2)
Wyberton, Windmill (2)
Wyberton, Windmill (2)

The mill at Wyberton worked into the early twentieth century and was reduced to a stump in 1935.

Location of mill: TF 307 428

Peter Kirk Collection, 2002

Wyberton, windmill, Peter Kirk