Warwickshire CV33 9LE
Just to the east of the M40 motorway, about 5 miles (8 kms) south of the town of Warwick and 11 miles (17 kms) east of Stratford-upon-Avon and Royal Leamington Spa, is the Chesterton Windmill.
Designed by architect Inigo Jones, this most unusual stone windmill is a famous feature in the Warwickshire area. It sits atop a gentle hill overlooking the ancient Roman Fosse Way (B4455).
Visitors can glimpse the mill from the M40 Services at Barn Hill (Warwick Services) and also from the B4455. There is a footpath from the public road to the mill.
Photographers will appreciate the outstanding views of the surrounding countryside from the mill – see ‘Getting There’ below.
Do not forget that the mill stands on land belonging to a local farmer and all care should be taken to ensure that visitor causes no damage to the fields or the farmer’s crops.
The mill was built in 1632, most probably for Sir Edward Peyto, the then Lord of Chesterton Manor. The Manor accounts, now at Warwick Record Office, are said to show that the structure was built as a windmill for milling grain. This would make it the oldest tower mill in England which retains any of its working parts. The mill ceased operating in 1910.
The tower is supported on six, local hard limestone semi-circular arches. There are two floors to the mill. The lower floor, some 15 feet (4.5 metres) above the ground, houses the main stones, the great spur wheel and sack hoist. The upper floor has the main gearing and winding equipment together with the 22 feet (6.7 metres) long wind shaft to which the sails attach. The wind shaft has a section of up to 24 inches square and weighs about two tons.
The mill is now in the care of the Warwickshire County Council. When they gained control in 1965, the mill was derelict. Restoration was commenced in 1969 and completed in 1975. There is all year access to the exterior of the mill but access to the interior is only on special occasions (usually in the Autumn).
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Access to Interior of Mill
Contact the Warwickshire Museum Tel: +44 (0)1926 412 500.
- By Car
Leave the M40 at junction 13 and take the B4100 south (parallel to the M40 south) until the B4455 (Fosse Way). Cross over the M40 heading north east and take the second country lane to the right.
The mill will be seen about ¾ mile (1 km) on the right in the fields.
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