Windmills of the UK - mock mills


A windmill is a popular and striking landscape or townscape feature. For this reason, a number of so called "mock mills" have been constructed in the UK. My definition of a mock mill is a building constructed to look like a windmill, but which was never capable of using wind as a power source.

A number of these have been built as pubs or restaurants, sometimes employing millwrights who also work on true mills. Their appearance ranges from the authentic, through to the crude.

I have explicitly excluded a number of large model windmills, which are much smaller than building size.

Surviving windmills

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1 no
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#mock19The Flint TowerAlfriston, Sussex NGR: TQ520033 tower.8
2 no
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#mock30Old MacDonalds FarmyardAlton Towers
(52.99016,-1.8939)
square smock.9
3 #mock31Extraordinary GolfAlton Towers
(52.98508,-1.8778)
square smock.14
4 #mock5.Ashill, Somerset NGR: ST315168 tower.1
5 no
image
#mock44Flaxbourne GardenAspley Guise
(52.02315,-0.6373)
smock.1
6 #mock13Polhill Garden CentreBadgers Mount, Sevenoaks, Kent NGR: TQ500612 crude smock.0
7 no
image
#mock38Sparkmill AllotmentsBeverley
(53.83759,-0.4165)
smockderelict2
8 no
image
#mock34Windmill Primary SchoolBrookside, Telford
(52.65052,-2.4436)
playground feature.0
9 #mock11.Brownbread Street NGR: TQ676149 smock.2
10 #1704Caldecotte Arms MillCaldecotte, Milton Keynes NGR: SP887355 tower.425
11 #mock14Enfield Garden CentreCattlegate Road, Crews Hill, Enfield NGR: TL312001 crude smock.1
12 no
image
#mock42Dean FarmChipping Norton
(51.92414,-1.5156)
smock.0
13 no
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#mock49.Chisletsmock.8
14 no
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#mock58.Elmsett.1
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#mock57.Fleet Hargatesmock.0
16 #mock7.Gatwick Manor, Sussex NGR: TQ271393 smock.23
17 #mock15Wood Green Animal ShelterGodmanchester, Cambridgeshire NGR: TL261683 sails.1
18 no
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#mock2The Harvest MouseHeswall, Wirral, Merseyside NGR: SJ270825 tower.1
19 #mock4The MilestoneHinckley NGR: SP417954 smock.3
20 no
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#mock48Paulaner Windmill BarHyde Park, Londonsmock.16
21 no
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#mock59Windmill BarHyde Park, Londonsmock.1
22 no
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#mock60British Summer TimeHyde Park, Londonlarge post mill body Temporary structure, present at the summer festival for around 10 days in 2013 and 2014. 2
23 #mock10.Kenn, Somerset NGR: ST411696 tower.4
24 #mock37Green AcresLapworth
(52.33456,-1.7646)
tower.0
25 no
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#mock6.Leinthall Starkes, Herefordshire NGR: SO444698 residential smock.3
26 no
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#1539Pride of LincolnLincoln NGR: SK925680 tower.1
27 no
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#mock12Windmill Entertainment CentreLittlehampton NGR: TQ029014 attached sails.11
28 no
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#mock55.Lytham
(53.73698,-2.9634)
.9
29 #mock16Windmill CinemaMarine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NGR: TG531070 windmill sails.49
30 no
image
#mock41.Mill Hill
(51.62488,-0.2477)
smock.0
31 no
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#mock32Bumble Hole MillNetherton
(52.49213,-2.0752)
tower.3
32 #mock20Chase TowerNewhall, Harlow
(51.77256,0.13812)
post mill body shaped apartment block.5
33 #mock40Krazy Windmillno fixed locationtravelling fairground fun house.6
34 #mock23.Pecks Hill, Nazeing, Essex NGR: TL393069 attached sails.1
35 no
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#mock9.South Dissington NGR: NZ129695 tower.0
36 no
image
#mock29PleasurelandSouthport
(53.64929,-3.0189)
tower.15
37 no
image
#mock46.Swilland
(52.14010,1.19867)
garden playhouse.0
38 #mock28Moulin RougeTate Modern
(51.50766,-0.0997)
3.8m tall 'sculpture'.0
39 no
image
#mock39Leeway HouseThorneytower.0
40 #mock27.Warwick Road, Coventry
(52.39937,-1.5161)
square tower.1
41 no
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#mock17.Wednesbury, Staffordshire NGR: SO988952 tower.6
42 no
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#mock54Windmill FarmWestry
(52.56444,0.04021)
.0
43 #mock8Whitewebbs FarmWhitewebbs Road, Enfield NGR: TL330000 crude tower.0
44 #mock1Splash windmillWraysbury, Berkshire NGR: TQ005741 residential smock.35

Historical locations

Battersea (#mock52)

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Festival Gardens: smock

An illuminated structure within the fairgrounds, whose sails rotated.

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Birmingham (#mock22)

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Cannon Hill Park: Dutch style post mill

A large scale model, set up at the time of the Tulip Festival in 1970. Mentioned as still existing in Arthur C. Smith's survey of Warwickshire windmills in 1977, and Geograph has a photo dated 1989. A time capsule was buried at the former site on the 16th June 1997.

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Windmill at Cannon Hill Park 1989 [1989-07-01]

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Blackpool (#mock18)

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NGR: SD305341
(53.79849,-3.0563)

smock

Part of the illuminations, once described as "20ft plywood windmill, little more than a cunning disguise for a ventilation shaft". Originally built in Manchester Square in 1931, then moved to the promenade opposite Waterloo Road in 1963. Placed in storage in 2005.

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Brixton (#mock56)

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Windrush Square:

2012 Christmas decorations supported by the Friends of Windmill Gardens

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Chinnor (#mock35)

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(51.70314,-0.9174)

The Windmill Nursery: playground feature

existed in March 2004, not present in 2011


Playground of Windmill Nursery, Chinnor, 27/3/04

Flixton, Lowestoft (#mock25)

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Postcode: NR32 5PD
(52.50098,1.70399)

Meadow View:

A custom built playhouse, square plan, like a post mill. According to the Nov 08 sales particulars of the house whose garden this is in, this is listed on the house deeds - however it did appear to have been removed by Spring 2009.

Hurleston, Cheshire (#mock21)

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(53.08520,-2.5623)

Snugburys: approx full size tower mill made of straw around a metal framework

A temporary structure, constructed summer 2008

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Paignton (#mock43)

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rectangular smock on the promenade

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Soho (#mock51)

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(51.51120,-0.1341)

neon sails

At times in its life, the Windmill Theatre has been made to look like a windmill, such as sporting neon sails in the 1960's and 70's.

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Southend on Sea (#mock24)

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Boating Lake:

A pair of mock mills by the boating lake in the 1950's or 60's

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Southend On Sea (#mock26)

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(51.53400,0.71084)

Fairy Windmill:

Originally stood alongside the Cliff Lift funicular railway. Comment on the Flickr postcard notes that this was built in 1909 by WJ Cooper (as part of the celebrations for the arrival of the Atlantic and Home Fleet) and was really an ornamental 'cover' for a water pumping station supplying 5 cottages on the seafront below. Was illuminated at some time.

I've also seen a picture of a very similar looking mock mill on the level, near the Kursaal. I suspect this was the same structure, relocated.


The pier & windmill, Southend on Sea illuminations; Valentine postcard G5735., circa 1943

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Southport (#mock53)

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Peter Pan Playground:

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St Helens (#mock47)

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(53.44260,-2.7644)

Parkside:

Built in the 1920s or 30s. Unclear if this still exists.

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Trafalgar Square (#mock36)

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(51.50801,-0.1279)

post

Erected for a war bonds promotion during World War 1

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Wandsworth (#mock50)

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smock

Used in 2005 as a sales aid for appartments.

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West Common, Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire (#mock45)

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(51.58721,-0.5601)

Created as a facsimile of Wimbledon Common windmill, for the 1977 live-action Wombles film, "Wombling Free".


Partial screen grab from the film "Wombling Free", c1977


Rebuilt dummy mills


Playhouses


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