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The 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.

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COVID-19 Response

  • Currently closed


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

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  • Accepts groups


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
From the A131 : From Braintree take B1053 via Wethersfield to Finchingfield. Mill located in centre of village.

By Public Transport:
From Braintree station it is 10 miles to Finchingfield (Duck End) Postmill.

Finchingfield Post Mill


Finchingfield, Essex, CM7 4NA
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Tel+44 (0)345 603 7624

Opening Times

* (Currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic)
Third Sunday in the month April to September 2pm – 5pm

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