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Address: The Hill, Cranbrook TN17 3AH, England
Phone Number: +44 1580 712256
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Union Mill is a Grade I listed smock mill in Cranbrook, Kent, England which...

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.

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Atmospheric and informative

Union Mill's white weatherboarded presence gives a lovely unusual atmosphere to the Sissinghurst end of Cranbrook by day, and at night the floodlit mill is just magical in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Union Mill's white weatherboarded presence gives a lovely unusual atmosphere to the Sissinghurst end of Cranbrook by day, and at night the floodlit mill is just magical in appearance. Returning to this area after three years, it was one of the top things I wanted to visit, as I do t know why we didn't go last time. Probably the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

we stumbled across this one by accident and decided to take a look, it was free and opened by volunteers who are happy to tell you the history, we were able to climb to the top and there are postcards for sale as a memento, this was an interesting little gem to add to our holiday experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

We popped in here to be met with very friendly, smiling and knowledgeable staff/volunteers who were so proud of their beautiful windmill.

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Thank Tracy H
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

It is so unusual to find such an interesting place that doesn't have a large entrance fee; they just ask for donations! The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and were very tolerant with young children who just wanted to get straight up to the top. The windmill seems well set out an informative.

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a fully renovated 18th century smock mill, believed to be the only one left of it's size in the UK. maintained and staffed by volunteers

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

The Mill is only open on selected dates, a visit is free (but do contribute to the maintenance fund) It is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who will tell you everything you need to know. For a younger generation who think flour comes from Sainsbury's it must be an eye opener to see how it was made 200 years ago. A... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Probably the biggest and the best Windmill in Kent, and with very pleasant knowledgeable volunteer staff. Only open in summer, so check website but it photographs well as it stands above a very typical English country town-sized village. High street and church are good to visit as well. Although I knew of the windmill in distant memory it was only... More 

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Hampshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. All the volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and obviously very passionate about preserving the windmill and it's history. The mill still produces flour when possible. Great to learn that some of today's expressions come from milling. Entry is free but a donation is welcomed. There is a video to watch which is very informative - good... More 

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Lucca, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This working windmill is situated above the beautiful small town of Cranbrook, where it seems that everyone has had an injection of pleasantness. The mill is open each Saturday afternoon and is free to go in. On each level as you climb to the top, are well informed volunteer guides who make every effort to make your visit memorable. On... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A well preserved windmill that over looks Cranbrook. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. However as it's not open all the time I would recommend checking the opening times

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