The Upminster windmill was nearly demolished in the 'eighties, thank heaven it still survives. It is a showpiece of a bygone age, of mechanical engineering, ingenuity, and sheer hard work. Many windmills in the U.K. have been flattened, converted into housing, or just neglected, but this one has survived, works, and has an enthusiastic team of guides who show guests around, for the price of a donation, however large or small! One word of warning - the steps up are very narrow, and there are a lot of them! Perhaps also not suitable for small children. It is also open only on certain dates in the year.
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