Be part of the future of Marsh Mill and help to keep the sails turning
Built in 1794, Marsh Mill is important locally, regionally and nationally.
Marsh Mill has stood over the community of Thornton for over 200 years. From its inception in 1794 the mill became an essential part of daily life. Fields of oats, corn and barley surrounded the hamlet of Little Thornton and villagers from Little Thornton and Thornton Marsh used Marsh Mill to grind their corn.
It is the only mechanically complete example of a windmill in the North West of England and retains all of its machinery, much of it dating from original installation. It has traditional Lancashire type sails, and typical North West boat shaped cap and 8 bladed fan tail. Its national importance is recognised with a grade II* listing and at 70 feet tall, it is one of the tallest windmills in Europe.
Currently leased to Wyre Council, we believe that it would have a brighter future in community ownership allowing long term planning of its conservation and preservation and placing it firmly in its rightful place as a nationally important industrial heritage building, visitor attraction and museum.
A small £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Start-up grant awarded to the Friends of Marsh Mill, Thornton, allowed us to explore the different options available for ownership, create a business plan and train volunteers in how to operate a windmill such as Marsh Mill.
We learnt a lot but we also discovered that there is an awful lot more to learn from Marsh Mill. Please support us with a gift that will help to provide initial funds so that we can start the necessary democratic and legal process, provide educational material for children and groups and continue to explore the mill's history and importance.
There are several witch marks or apotropaic marks at entrances and on important pieces of machinery such as the sack hoist, shown below.
Any gift will help and be appreciated. If you'd like one of our rewards, there are a number available including a limited edition print of recently re-discovered 18th Century etching.
Help us keep the sails turning by sponsoring one of them for the 2018 season. See them in action in our introductory video and below.
Finally, take another look inside and outside Marsh Mill. Thank you for reading and watching.
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