Finchingfield Post Mill

Exterior view of Finchingfield Post Mill behind a treeline

Finchingfield post mill - side view through treesThe oldest windmill in Essex stands on a hill overlooking Finchingfield, the most photographed village in the county.

The Grade II-listed post mill – also known as Duck End Mill and Letch’s Mill – is thought to have been built around 1756. It stopped operating in 1890.

The mill's four sails could be rotated to catch the wind, driving a pair of millstones. A tail pole was used to turn the mill.

This is the last of seven windmills that once stood in the village of Finchingfield. A windmill likely stood on this site since medieval times.

Photos: Main photo by Elli Constantatou, Visit Essex. Side-view photo by Jo Turner, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons on Geograph

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April to September, Third Sunday in the month 2 to 5pm

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0345 603 7624

At this place

Dogs: Not allowed
Picnics: Allowed
BBQ: Not Allowed



Some parking along the B1057

For schools

Our mills team can design a school group visit to Finchingfield Windmill that will release children’s imaginations and meet your curriculum needs. Please call us on 0345 603 7624 to talk about what you need.

Group visits

You can arrange a group visit to Finchingfield Windmill by calling Gemma Clayton on 0333 013 8156 or emailing


There are no toilets at the mill.


There is some parking along the B1057.


Information on access to Finchingfield Post Mill can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.

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