Collis Mill, Great Thurlow

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Collis Mill, Great Thurlow
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Collis Mill, September 2005
Mill name Collis Mill
Mill location TL 671 500
Coordinates 52°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
Operator(s) Private
Year built 1807
Purpose Corn mill
Type Smock mill
Storeys Three storey smock
Base storeys One storey
Smock sides Eight sides
No. of sails Four Sails
Type of sails Common sails
Winding Fantail
Fantail blades Eight blades
Auxiliary power Portable steam engine
No. of pairs of millstones Two 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.