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Ample parking in the village with access by footpath between the Six Bells and Bonny Cravat public houses

 

Woodchurch is a Kent village which is situated 7 miles from the town of Ashford and 5 miles from Tenterden.

The windmill overlooks the village from the north with extensive views over the Walland marshes towards the English Channel coast. It is a fine example of a Kentish smock mill and was originally one of a pair of windmills standing on this site, known locally at that time as "The Twins".

Now almost completely restored to a working condition by local craftsmen and enthusiasts, the mill is a familliar local landmark which can be seen for many miles.

The first records of a windmill in Woodchurch are from 1660, with the earliest accounts of a windmill on this site dating from 1729. Grinding continued commercially by the surviving mill until 1926 after which time both mills fell into disrepair. The "twin" known as "The Black Mill" was used as an observation post by the military throughout the first world war and survived until 1940. The only signs of its existence today are a few pieces of its brick base. The remaining "White Mill" has undergone several discrete periods of extensive renovation since 1946 and through the unceasing work of the Woodchurch community it once again stands proudly overseeing the village.

Woodchurch Windmill is one of twelve such Kent Windmills with Willesborough (Ashford) being the nearest

The windmill is one of three visitor attractions in Woodchurch. Why not spend a day here taking in the Windmill, the Woodchurch Village Life Museum and the South of England Rare Breeds Centre.

 
 
 
 

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