Upminster Windmill was built by James Nokes, a local farmer, in 1803. It is a Grade II* listed building and in terms of quality, completeness and significance it is widely considered to be amongst the very best remaining English smock mills.


It is now preserved and staffed by volunteers so as to keep it open to the public, and it is our ultimate purpose to see it restored to working order. You can read the latest on the restoration here.

Closing for restoration

30th September 2015

Upminster Windmill was built in 1803 and was the centre of a corn milling business for over 130 years until its closure in 1934.

For the following eighty years it has stood as a symbol of a bygone age, its machinery static and its fabric deteriorating.

In recent times the Mill, in its field, has presented a proud and graceful image to the people of Havering, becoming an icon to many. Yet few people recognise it as the heart of a busy industrial complex of sixteen buildings where the families who owned it lived and worked. Its history has decayed with its buildings.

The Mill is owned by the London Borough of Havering and is managed on their behalf by a registered charity, the Friends of Upminster Windmill.


After much effort the Windmill Trust has secured generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Veolia Waste Management and the London Borough of Havering to enable a restoration of the Mill to be undertaken.  This will bring the Mill back to full working order.  Additionally the Council will manage the construction of an Interpretation Centre where visitors will be able to see our exhibits, view the history of Milling and hear the story of the Abraham family.  and of course become absorbed in the fascinating tale of Upminster's heritage icon.

Request for Archive Materials.

April/May 2016


Upminster Windmill was built in 1803 and was the centre of a corn milling business for over 130 years until its closure in 1934.


The Friends of Upminster Windmill are looking to increase our knowledge base and expand our archive regarding the Mill, the Nokes and Abraham families. 


We would not keep any documents , photos or postcards, but we would like to copy them before returning them to you.  We need to see the originals, if available, so that the information can be authenticated.


Please contact Paul Sainsbury on paulls@hotmail.co.uk  07804638619

or Keith Wilkinson on keithwilkinson47@icloud.com 


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Upminster Windmill is managed on behalf of the London Borough of Havering by The Friends of Upminster Windmill. Registered Charity 1162180


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