The life and times of Green’s Windmill
Ever been to Green’s Windmill in Nottingham? This iconic family attraction is FREE to visit, and a must-see when in the city. We caught up with Apprentice Miller John Bellingham at the Mill to find out more…
The majestic sails of Green’s Windmill are an iconic feature of Nottingham’s city skyline. The Mill, located upon a hill in Sneinton, was built in 1807 by a local baker called George Green. A fine example of a tower mill, it replaced a few post mills that stood on Windmill Lane before it.
Post mills were smaller than tower mills and the whole structure rotated around a central post. Tower mills on the other hand only rotate at the cap where the sails are attached.
Mr Green died in 1821 leaving the running of the mill to his son, also named George.
George Green Jnr had only spent one year at school in 1800 at the age of seven, but he was to grow into one of the most important mathematicians known today.
His published papers covered topics such as wave motion, magnetism and electricity. His maths is still relevant even now, used mainly in engineering and science, the most recent branch to use his functions is quantum physics. He was eventually recognised as a talent and undertook his degree at Cambridge, becoming a fellow of his college. Unfortunately he died just three years later in 1841 at the age of 48.
The mill carried on working until the 1860s when accounts become a little vague. It is known that for a time it was used as a pigeon loft, until the 1900s when it was used to store boot polish. Ironically it managed to survive WWI and WWII, only to catch fire in 1947. The brickwork was all that survived.
In the late 1970s renovations began to restore the iconic landmark, and it wasn’t until 1985 that it was ready to open to the public. The sails were added in 1986 and it was once more a working mill.
Green’s Windmill is still a working mill, and the only city centre mill in the country to operate seven days a week. The team currently mill wheat, spelt, oats and rye. In fact, flour from Green’s Windmill has been a winner in the Soil Association Organic Food Awards for the second year running in 2013, with its stoneground white flour receiving a gold award.
To make it a more complete site and in homage to George Green, the mill also features a science centre with fantastic hands on exhibits, aimed at children and families.
The mill also offers pizza making birthday parties using flour ground on site, activities, events and tours.
Find out more about Green’s Windmill and its events by visiting the website.