Union Windmill can never be described as a hidden treasure. Often referred to as the “Finest Windmill in the Country”, standing 22metres tall and with 4 huge “Sweeps” (Sails). The Mill sitting on “The Hill” above the wonderful Medieval Market Town of Cranbrook.
There is a lot more to Union Mill than the view from outside. Come on one of our regular open days and climb the 7 flights of stairs and learn how windmills work, and how they have been generating energy for over 1,000 years. On the way up stop to check the view from the Miller’s “Reefing Stage” which surrounds the Windmill. (CHILDREN receive an Achievement Certificate on reaching the top floor)
The upper 3 floors house the wind powered milling machinery, showing the process from the arrival of the harvested grain to the production of flour and other milled products. The lower floors hold exhibitions and displays, and there are opportunities for CHILDREN to mill Flour using traditional methods. Our Volunteers will be happy to help with any questions that you may have. Pick up one of our CHILDREN’S quizzes on your way in and see how well you can do.
At the rear of the windmill stands the Russel Building which houses the Miller’s Workshop and an electric mill, for those days when the windmill cannot be worked. Purchase a bag of flour to take home and try your hand at baking a loaf of bread.
Union Mill, Cranbrook an unforgettable visit.
- Opening hours:
- 31 March to September, Saturdays and most Bank Holiday Mondays, 2.30-5.00pm.
- School Summer Holidays additionally on Wednesdays and Sundays, 2.30-5.00pm.
- Cost: Free
The Hill, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3AH