Five Sailed Windmill, Lincolnshire

Five Sailed Mill ExteriorOne of England’s finest working windmills, is situated on the edge of Alford enjoying views of the town and of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is a handsome, six storey brick tower mill, and has four sets of working millstones. It is in commercial use as a flour mill and is open to the public all year round. It was built in 1837 by the local Alford millwright, Sam Oxley.

Once there were four, five and six-sailed windmills in Alford, but only the five-sailed mill remains. The novel use of five sails was based on efficiency experiments by the celebrated engineer John Smeaton. He is also credited with advocating the use of the rounded onion-shaped (Ogee) cap to reduce wind resistance.


On the A1104 Mablethorpe Road to the north of Alford. See map: Google Maps

Opening Hours:

January-April: Saturday and Sunday
May &June: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
July, August & September: Every day except Wednesday
October: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
November & December: Saturday and Sunday

In 2015 our Christmas closure is December 21st 2015 until January 9th 2016.

Access: All areas excluding the ground floor of the Mill are wheelchair accessibleFive Sailed Mill Tea Outside

Certifications: organic. Shop : A range of organic flours of high nutritional value and flavour is produced and sold in the ground floor shop along with popular cereals and cakes. The local baker, Messrs Gray and Goodliffe (opposite Alford Manor House) offers bread baked with organic wholemeal flour from the Mill.

Catering : A converted Sail Shed houses a stylish Tea Room.


The Five Sailed Windmill
32 East Street
LN13 9EL
Phone: 01507462136
Five Sailed Mill Fantail

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