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The Mill in Grödersby

Jens Ole Sendke windmill

Groedersby windmill as featured on an old picture postcard posted in 1909.

Close to the German / Danish border, in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, in a small town called Grödersby, a rather splendid four-floor ‘Dutch’ windmill dating back to 1888 can be found.

Grödersby Groedersby mill

The Mill in Grödersby seen from a distance on a grey day in November. Photo by Jens Ole Sendke.

Unfortunately as the mill is now a private residence there is currently no public access.


Grödersby on a map of north-west Europe.

It is though possible to rent a beautiful nearby little house called Mühlenholz, which used to belong to the owners of the mill, at a very reasonable rate. Full details of the cottage can be found here.

The Jack and Jill Mills

Jack and Jill Windmills

A picture postcard image of the Jack and Jill / Clayton Mills, c.1904.

The ‘Jack and Jill’ mills are located in Clayton about seven miles north of Brighton and Hove in Sussex, south-east England.

Clayton windmills

An early 1920s image of Clayton Mills in Sussex.

‘Jill’ is a post mill built in Brighton and dating back to 1821. It was moved to its current site in 1852. It was last used commercially in around 1906. ‘Jill’ is in private ownership.

‘Jack’ is a five storey tower mill with a domed cap. It was built in 1866 to replace an earlier mill present on the site. The mill is believed to have last been used in 1907. ‘Jack’ has been restored, is in working order and is owned by Mid Sussex District Council.

Both ‘Jack’ and ‘Jill’ were originally corn mills.

Clayton Mills windmills

The Clayton (or Jack and Jill) Windmills in the 1930s.

The Jack and Jill windmills were featured in the 1973 film ‘The Black Windmill’, starring, Michael Caine and Donald Pleasance.

The Riddings Mills

Windmills ridding

The twin mills in Ridding, Derbyshire, c.1926.

The Riddings windmills were built in 1877 by local landowner James Oakes to run the Oakes Flour Mills. They were given the names James and Sarah. The mills last worked in 1925 and were then used as storerooms. Both mills were demolished in the mid 1960s and a housing estate is now located on the site once occupied by the mills.

windmills ridding

A picture postcard featuring the two Riddings windmills, c.1916.

Riddings is a village not far from Alfreton in the county of Derbyshire, England.

Open day at Stembridge Tower Mill

The National Trust opened the interior of Stembridge Tower Mill to visitors for the first time this year today. Here’s a photograph taken around 4pm. One of the custodians can be seen seated at the table in front of the mill, greeting visitors, checking membership passes, and selling tickets to non-members. Two jackdaw nests could be seen up under the roof and parent birds coming and going.

stembridge windmill

An open day at Stembridge Tower Mill in High Ham, Somerset, south-west England.

English Windmills

This website is about mills, mostly wind-powered mills!

old village mill england

Our primary focus will initially be on English windmills, but, our website will expand over time to include pictures of and information on many other mills around the world. As we are based in the wonderful county of Somerset in south-west England, we also include up-to-date details of local windmills open to the public, such as the tower mills in Chapel Allerton and High Ham. We will add newly scanned images from our picture archive to the site monthly or more often if time allows. In the near future our site should include almost everything you may wish to know about windmills. Come back soon for another look.