Mountnessing Post Mill

Mountnessing Post Mill on a sunny day, behind a hedge

The nearest Essex mill to London, Grade II-listed Mountnessing Post Mill is often photographed and sees many visitors.

Mountnessing windmill - collage of photos

The present mill was built in 1807, probably incorporating earlier timbers. There are records of a windmill on this site as early as 1477.

It has four floors, four spring sails and two pairs of millstones. It is in full working order and occasionally mills flour. The mill can be turned to the wind by pushing its long tail pole - children on school visits enjoy trying this.

Taken into public ownership soon after it stopped operating in 1933, the mill was fully restored and is now maintained by Essex County Council and Friends of Mountnessing Windmill.

Photographs by Picture Esk on FlickrRobin Lucas on Geograph 418404Robin Lucas on Wikipedia and John Winfield on Geograph 37916.

If you are travelling on public transport to get to one of the Essex Country Parks – take a look at the Traveline journey planner.




Third Sunday in the month April to September 2pm – 5pm.

Find and contact

CM15 0UG

0345 603 7624

At this place

Dogs: Not allowed
Picnics: Allowed
BBQ: Not Allowed



Lots of parking spaces outside Mountnessing village hall across from the mill.

Our Open Day

This is Sunday 13 May as part of National Mills Weekend

Local area walks that include Mountnessing Windmill

  • Around Mountnessing walk – 4 miles – explore some of the oldest settlements of Mountnessing including Mountnessing Hall, The Iron Church and Mountnessing Windmill.
  • Ingatestone and Mountnessing walk - 6.5 miles – this circular begins and ends at Ingatestone Hall, crossing countryside and passing the Elizabethan Mountnessing Hall, Church of St Giles, Padhams Green, The Iron Church and Mountnessing Post Mill. You might also spot some moorhens on the River Wid.


You can picnic at the playing fields near the mill.

Group visits

Arrange a group visit to Mountnessing Windmill by calling Gemma Clayton on 0333 013 8156 or emailing

Volunteering with Friends of Mountnessing Windmill

Friends of Mountnessing Mill help maintain the mill and guide the public on open days. Getting involved is a great way to meet people, learn more about the mill and ensure its future.

If you have some knowledge of mills or historic buildings you could share with visitors, and you are physically fit and able to help people up the steep stairs safely, please contact Karl Afteni on 01277 354536.

For schools

Our mills team can design a school group visit to Mountnessing Windmill that will release children’s imaginations as well as meet your curriculum needs. Please call them on 0345 603 7624.

National Mills Weekend

Sunday 13 May 2018 2pm - 5pm
Free admission, but donations to the Friends Group are much appreciated.


There are no toilets at the mill.


There are many parking spaces outside Mountnessing Village Hall next to mill.


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

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