Tower mill, Beaconsfield

A wind-powered corn mill in the historic county of Buckinghamshire, England.

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Built in 1811, this tower mill ceased working in 1880. As a working mill it had 4 sails and a fantail, with an octagonal base which merged into a circular tower. After ceasing work a gale blew a sail off, after which it was run by a belt from a steam engine in a nearby shed.

By the 1930s most of the machinery had been removed. When surveyed by Arthur C Smith in 1976 it had become a ruin in the last stages of collapse, with about a third of the tower was standing with the remainder fallen into a heap of rubble.

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Power source Wind
Mill type Tower mill
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 1832
Location Beaconsfield
Historic county Buckinghamshire
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR SU 948 901
Latitude/longitude 51.60168537, -0.63234659



  • Anthony Bryan, Mills Research Group Database
  • Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Group, "Buckinghamshire Windmills" (Records of Bucks, 20 (4), 1978)
  • Smith, Arthur C, Windmills in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire: a contemporary survey. (Stevenage Museum publications, 1976), p. 16
  • Smith, Donald, English windmills, vol 2 (Architectural Press, 1932), p. 135
  • Windmill World

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