Collis Mill, Great Thurlow

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Collis Mill, Great Thurlow
Collis Mill, Great Thurlow.jpg
Collis Mill, September 2005
Mill nameCollis Mill
Mill locationTL 671 500
Coordinates52°07′N 0°26′E / 52.117°N 0.433°E / 52.117; 0.433Coordinates: 52°07′N 0°26′E / 52.117°N 0.433°E / 52.117; 0.433
Year built1807
PurposeCorn mill
TypeSmock mill
StoreysThree storey smock
Base storeysOne storey
Smock sidesEight sides
No. of sailsFour Sails
Type of sailsCommon sails
Fantail bladesEight blades
Auxiliary powerPortable steam engine
No. of pairs of millstonesTwo pairs

Collis Mill is a Grade II* listed[1] smock mill at Great Thurlow, Suffolk, England which has been restored.


Collis Mill was originally built at Slough, Berkshire. It was moved to Great Thurlow in 1807[2] replacing an earlier post mill.[3] Thomas Hunt, the Soham millwright, carried out repairs to the mill in 1914. It ceased working by wind in 1915 and the sails were removed from 1920.[2] The mill was worked by a portable steam engine until 1937.[4] The derelict mill was capless in 1959 when it was purchased by R A Vestey for restoration as a visual amenity.[5] Restoration was completed in 1962.[3]


Collis Mill is a three storey smock mill on a single storey brick base. It has four Common sails and the pepperpot cap is winded by a fantail.[2] It has two pairs of underdrift millstones.[5]


  • Thomas Gardner 1841-44
  • Joseph Dearsley 1845-50
  • Elijah Dearsley 1850-75
  • Archibald Robinson 1875-
  • Gabriel Savage
  • Joseph Collis -1937

Reference for above:-[3][4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "WINDMILL, GREAT THURLOW, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK". English Heritage. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Dolman, Peter (1978). Windmills in Suffolk. Ipswich: Suffolk Mills Group. p. 43. ISBN 0 9506447 0 6.
  3. ^ a b c Regan, Dean (1997). Windmills of Suffolk. Suffolk: Dean Regan. p. 40. ISBN 0-9531562-0-6.
  4. ^ a b Brown, R J (1976). Windmills of England. London: Robert Hale. p. 174. ISBN 0 7091 5641 3.
  5. ^ a b Flint, Brian (1979). Suffolk Windmills. Woodbridge: Boydell. pp. 50, 110. ISBN 0 85115-112-4.