This wonderful Lincoln mill is located on Mill Road, so called due to the nine windmills that formerly faced west over the steep slopes of the Lincoln Edge.
Ellis’ Mill is now the sole survivor of these mills and an excellent example of a small tower mill. The mill dates from 1798 but there has been a mill on this site from at least the middle of the 17th century.
The first recorded owner of Ellis’ Mill was a wealthy landowner named Anthony Meres. It went through a succession of owners until December 1894 when John Ellis bought the mill for £250. He died in 1920, but his wife and son successively retained ownership until 1973.
The mill was worked until the 1940s when the machinery was removed and it fell into dereliction. Tragedy struck further when a fire finally destroyed all of the remaining woodwork in 1974.
The Lincoln Civic Trust acquired the mill in March 1977 and set about its restoration. First, the tower was cleaned and the floors and cap re-constructed. It was then necessary for replacement parts to be found that fitted the dimensions of the existing tower.
The cap mechanism was acquired from ‘Subscription Mill’ in Sturton-by-Stow and the stones and drives from ‘Eno’s Mill’ at Toynton-all-Saints. The sails and fantail were built and erected by Thompson and Co, millwrights from Alford.
The mill was finally completed in 1980 and on Sunday 26th April 1981, Ellis’ Mill ground its first flour for 40 years.
The mill is still in full working order and provides flour, subject to sufficiently windy days! The mill is now managed by Lincolnshire County Council but would not run without the group of devoted volunteers who help maintain, staff and promote the site. It will be some of these volunteers who guide you around the mill.
To find out more about Ellis’ Mill and view videos of it in action, visit the Lincs to the Past website.
- 2pm - 5pm - April to September (open Saturdays and Sundays)
- 1pm - Dusk - October to March (open Saturdays only)
For group bookings and school parties, contact the Museum of Lincolnshire Life by calling 01522 782040 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that due to the nature of the mill it is only partially-accessible to wheelchair users and mobility-impaired visitors.
Free car parking is available at the nearby Museum of Lincolnshire Life, with disabled parking available at the mill itself.
Become a windmill volunteer
Are you interested in giving some of your spare time to help run Ellis’ Mill?
After initial training, take the opportunity to work in a historic windmill, harnessing the power of the wind and producing stoneground wholemeal flour. This is a great chance to learn about the working machinery and history of milling.
After initial training, you will conduct members of the public around the working mill, detailing the history of the mill and describing how the machinery works.
Skills and qualifications for both volunteer opportunities
- the Miller should be reasonably fit, as the task involves some manual work and climbing steep ladder stairs, as well as access to the Cap. A good rapport with the public and the ability to handle money is required. An engineering or industrial background would be an advantage
- the Guide should be reasonably fit, as frequent climbing of the mill ladder stairs is required. The Guide needs to be able to absorb and retain knowledge of the mill’s history and the function of machinery, as well as able to relate to visitors and have good rapport with the public
Lincoln, LN1 3JJ
Tel: 01522 782040