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“A great visit”
Review of Union Mill

Union Mill
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Cranbrook
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Owner description: Union Mill is a Grade I listed smock mill in Cranbrook, Kent, England which has been restored to working order. It is the tallest smock mill in the UK. Standing at the highest point overlooking the historic Wealden town of Cranbrook and maintained in working order, this Grade 1 Listed Building is the tallest surviving "smock mill" in the British Isles. Managed by Volunteers of the Cranbrook Windmill Association, the windmill is open at regular times from the end of March to the end of September each year. Educational and other Group Visits are welcome throughout the year. Whenever there is sufficient wind, wheat is ground and, subject to availability, the Stoneground Wholemeal Flour can be purchased from the mill shop on open days.
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Lovely mill with guides that never tire of passing on their passion, enthusiasm and knowledge.
Staffed solely by volunteers so you need to check opening times carefully before visiting. No tickets you give a voluntary contribution for the upkeep.
Children particularly loved it and all seemed to leave with a small bag of flour they had produced themselves.
Wear suitable footwear for steep ladders between floors and definitely trousers - not a skirt.
Look carefully for parking.

1  Thank dillon2158
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Passionate volunteers who love to show off their Windmill. Don't wear a skirt to go up and down the ladders between each floor.

Thank Lucy W
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

A massive windmill and virtually in the town centre. Days of opening are set, so when we were there it was closed. No worries about that but it's worthwhile checking opening times for those who want to get a look on the inside.

Thank Jeremy314
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Union Mill is run entirely by volunteers, who love to share their knowledge of its mechanism and history, and are particularly enthusiastic in relaying information to interested children. You can climb right up to the top, and outside on the deck to watch the paddles go by - on a windy day the whole building shakes. It is very exhilarating !
This is a fascinating experience with a real taste of the past, and you can even grind your own flour, and take some with you to bake with. I really recommend it to all visitors.

1  Thank Marie M
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

The windmill is a genuine build from 1814 and in the style of an archetypical English windmill.

Entrance is notionally free, but there is a donations pot which I strongly encourage you to add something to. The mill is maintained by volunteers, who are on hand to explain the inner workings. The mill is spread over a number of levels, each accessed by steep steps (but kids can manage OK).

At the top there is the main gear. Next down the mill stones. Then there are various machines for dechaffing the corn and sieving the flour.

There's a full circumferential platform about halfway up that you can go outside and walk around the whole mill. One of the floors has a number of small hand powered milling devices ranging from a simple hand held stone working against a flat stone, to circular grinding stones with handles. All of these were available to try grinding real wheat.

The volunteer staff were knowledgeable, very interesting and extremely nice, particularly with the kids. It's a full educational and fun experience rolled into one.

Parking is easy in The Tanyard car park nearby, or if that's full there is another car park down the High Street.

1  Thank Robertsbridge_Watts
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