Stock Windmill is a Grade II*-listed tower mill, built around 1804. Popular and complete with several floors of machinery, at open days mill guides explain how grain was converted into flour.
The mill has four patent sails, a boat-shaped cap, a six-bladed fantail and three pairs of overdrift (operated from above) millstones. It is in working order and is worked occasionally, turning 360 degrees to catch changing winds. You can visit all five floors, and there is room for picnics on the mill’s grounds.
Built in the heyday of wheat farming and high corn prices, there were once three mills on this site, run by the village baker.
A steam engine was added to the mill in 1902. The mill used wind power up until and 1930, then ran for a further six years using an internal combustion engine.
Essex County Council bought the mill in 1945. Repairs began in 1991, part-funded by English Heritage and involving Friends of Stock Tower Mill, restoring the mill to working order.
Second Sunday in the month April to September 2pm – 5pm
Stock Tower Mill
Dogs: No dogs
Green Flag Award: No
You could include a Stock Tower Mill open day or simply viewing the outside of the mill in a walk in the local area, for example:
• Billericay to Chelmsford – 15 miles
• Stock and Galleywood circular pub walk – 6.6 miles
Arrange a group visit to Stock Windmill by calling Gemma Clayton on 0333 013 8156 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to include a visit to Stock Mill in a school group visit, our mills team can design a day that will release children’s imaginations as well as meeting your curriculum needs. Call the team on 08456 037624.
There are no toilets at the mill.
There are a small number of spaces next to the mill. If these are taken, you can park on Mill Lane.
There is level access to ground floor, but no access to the higher floors – see Disabled Go’s access guide to Stock Tower Mill.