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“Didn't wait for it to open!”
Review of Wilton Windmill

Wilton Windmill
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Wilton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Set high above the village of Wilton, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour. We are open every year from Easter to the end of September on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2pm to 5pm when the windmill building is open for guided tours. The shepherd's hut shop, serving refreshments and gifts and providing a seating area, is also open at this time, as are the loos. You can visit the Windmill at any time - there is a picnic area with breathtaking views across to the Downs and the building can be viewed from the outside. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead and pick up any mess before you leave. The Windmill is run entirely by volunteers from the Wilton Windmill Society, so please make a contribution in the donation box by the gate when you visit or make a donation here on the website when you get home. You can also get involved by volunteering or becoming a member. We hope you enjoy your visit. Please do not leave valuables in your car whilst you visit - thieves are known to operate in the area, which is a real shame, but there you go!
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Visited here after walking from the Crofton Beam Engine, but it hadn't yet opened (2pm). As we have been to similar windmills, decided not to wait for it to open as had other places to visit. We were only in the area overnight, but might go again if back there in the future.Due to the windmill being run by volunteers it is not open very often. Check their web site.

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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hello,
I am sorry that you reached us before we opened. We do open every Sunday and on Bank Holidays, from 2.00 - 5.00, from Easter until the end of September, so I hope that you will make it another time this season.
Kind regards,
James Arnold-Baker

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Saturday 27 January 18, my husband and I decided to visit Wilton Windmill standing stately on the hill in Wilton village.

Wilton Windmill was built in 1821 after the new Kennet and Avon canal been built. This canal was built over and through the site of some local watermills and the pumps providing the water for the canal, also lowered the river levels so that the remaining watermills were no longer viable.

Wilton mill was in operation for 100 years, however with the introduction of new steam roller mills and the fast production of cheap bread it became unwanted, was abandoned and then fell into disrepair. The mill was finally restored to its former glory in 1976, by a team of dedicated volunteers. Today it is managed and operated by the Wilton Windmill Society.

The mill was built as a traditional tower mill with a fantail which turns the cap, to ensure that the sails always point into the wind.

The mill has four sails in total; two patent (these are the slatted sails which can be quickly activated) and two common canvas sails, which have to be set before the mill starts to turn. Wilton mill is now fully operational, and produces stone-ground and wholemeal flour, which you can purchase in the shop. My husband and I took some nice photographs of this historic treasure.

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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review of our beloved windmill. As you will have seen, one of the patent sails, and the fantail suffered damage during recent storms. However, our millwrights are working on the job, and we hope to be able to resume milling very soon. Apart from sales through our shop, our wholemeal stone-ground flour is much in demand through local farm shops. And we also hope to be in full working order for the start of our season - we open again for visitors on Good Friday, 30th March. Do come and see us again, when we can show you around the interior of the windmill.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

My friends and I walked from Bedwyn train station, along the canal, to Wilton Windmill. It was a beautiful, warm day and very enjoyable. It was rewarding to finally arrive at the windmill and have a picnic lunch on the grounds. We all opted for an ice cream in the little gift shop.

I took the tour, and it was interesting to learn more about the history and workings of the windmill. I especially loved the friendly pup that followed us.

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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

So glad that you all enjoyed your walk to the Windmill - and that you caught us open, before we close for the winter months.
Thank you for visiting us, and for your kind comments - they make it all worthwhile for our volunteer guides and shopkeepers.
James

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We were just down the road visiting Crofton beam engines for heritage day and saw a sign on the roadside advertising Wilton Windmill.
Wilton near Marlborough and not Wilton near Salisbury!
We found it very easily and parked in the field next to the windmill although there is a layby that can be used also.
We arrived just as the open day began at 2pm and were welcomed by the traditional British weather, rain!!
The windmill was open and tours were being made lasting about half hour. Everyone we met were passionate about the windmill and very knowledgible on the workings and history. The windmill is fully working after being restored in 1971.
The interior is arranged over five floors and accessed via steep steps, best to come back down backwards! Not really suitable for young children or in infirm.
As well as the Heritage open day for the windmill there was a summer fete with traditional games, tea tent and live music. We even purchased a loaf of bread made with the milled flour, very tasty, just wish we bought more!!!

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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Brilliant that you were able to combine a visit to Crofton with one to our precious windmill.
As you will have heard, the two are intimately connected. Once Crofton became fully operational in 1810, the watermills on the Bedwyn Brook experienced severe water shortages - and so our windmill had to be built to mill the local farmers' grain.
Thank you for coming to our Heritage Open Day - I am glad that you enjoyed the festivities - and the bread!
James Arnold-Baker

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

well planned and enjoyable day out. Welcoming atmosphere harking back to old style village fete atmosphere.

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Arnoldbakers, Committee Member at Wilton Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

So glad that you enjoyed our Heritage Open Day, and thank you for your kind comments. Above all, we hope visitors have fun, and that seems to have happened on Saturday. We were very nervous about the weather, and indeed there was a massive rainstorm just as we opened....but then the sun came out. Thank you for coming along - come again next year!

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