Rayleigh Windmill continues to build upon the district’s famous history.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Why not pop along to Rayleigh Windmill to explore its newest exhibition which is now officially open to the public.

Volunteers, dignitaries and members of the public attended a small ceremony at the historic landmark this morning as the newest exhibit was unveiled which was made possible by a donations from local resident Ann Green in memory of her sister Thelma Pastfield, and by donations from family and friends of Brenda Churchill, who had been a regular Windmill Volunteer. 

Artefacts of the display, titled “Reflections of a Rural Rayleigh”, include in particular an original “Browns of Rayleigh Windmill” sack that would have been used by the millers at the Windmill, which was presented and conserved by Thatcher Steve Shelly and Fay Laflin. The exhibition reflects rural Rayleigh in an era when much of Rayleigh would supply fresh produce to London Markets.

Rochford District Council’s Assistant Director for Commercial Services, Matt Harwood White said : “This project is yet again another example of the dedication of our windmill volunteers in bringing this exhibition together.

"Without them giving up their time we would not be able to keep the windmill open to the public and provide such an excellent service.”

We are always looking for new volunteers here at the Rayleigh Windmill, please contact leisure@rochford.gov.uk