Bembridge Windmill

One of the things I love about National Trust membership is being able to visit so many different places around the country. During our holiday on the Isle of Wight, we decided to visit Bembridge Windmill. The girls had never visited a windmill before. This one is the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. It was built in the early 1700s and was in use until 1913.


Me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie outside Bembridge Windmill


We parked in the nearby lay-by and took the short walk up to the windmill. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few family photos outside.


Me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie outside Bembridge Windmill


Jessica had been struggling with energy levels during our holiday. I knew that she wouldn’t be able to manage to climb up the steps to explore the mill from top to bottom. She was quite happy though to stay on the ground floor level with Daddy while Sophie went up with me. We had to leave Jessica’s buggy outside though as there wasn’t enough room to get it past the ladder and into the windmill.


We had been given a sheet on our arrival to help us look for the little millers that were hidden around the various levels of the mill. They weren’t always very easy to spot. I missed one which hubby managed to spot when we swapped over later.


"Bob Barley" - one of the millers hiding inside the windmill


We started at the top floor – the bin floor. This was where the grain was emptied into two bins which fed to the millstones on the floor below. Only one of the bins is there now to make space for visitors to move around the floor.


Sophie exploring one of the floors of the windmill


The next floor down is the stone floor where the grain was ground between the millstones. These are housed in a wooden tun. The ground grain then travelled down a wooden chute to a machine on the next floor down – the machine floor. The machine separated the brans from the waste product. The brans were then passed through three canvas chutes (one for each grade of bran) which sent them down to the ground floor ready for weighing and bagging.


Sophie and Jessica sitting on a bench on the ground floor


Sophie coped well with going up and down the ladders. It was a relief to get down to the ground floor though! While hubby headed up to explore the windmill, Jessica and Sophie were quite happy sitting and watching the short film about the windmill and looking at the two embroidered smocks on display. I think Sophie would have quite liked to try one on if dressing up had been an option!


Sophie looking at the embroided smocks that the millers wore


It didn’t take us very long to explore the windmill. We only spent about an hour there which was plenty of time to visit the windmill itself. If you have longer, then there are also family nature trails in the school holidays and various footpaths nearby to explore.


The approach to Bembridge Windmill


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8 thoughts on “Bembridge Windmill

  1. Windmills always fascinate me and I’d jump at the chance to explore one. I don’t think I remember ever going inside but it looks fascinating, though clearly a steady step is needed to negotiate the ladders. A shame Jessica couldn’t go up but it sounds far too tricky. On the plus side she managed to see the ground floor with you and watch the film and well done to Sophie for managing it all. It sounds like a lovely use of a spare hour on holiday.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  2. I love how there were little millers hidden around on each floor to make it more fun. Sounds like once again NT have really made it child friendly as much as they can. Shame they couldn’t dress up though.

  3. Oh the only surviving windmill on the island, that makes it quite a memorial then. Nice that you got to have a look around and explore, but I don’t envy you all the steps. I think NT missed a trick with not giving you some dress up clothes, as often have them at the bigger sites. Mich x

  4. This looks like a pretty special windmill. They always capture a time of years gone by and how fab to go and explore inside. I love how you have to spot the little men as you go round that certainly makes for entertainment. X #countrykids

  5. I really would love to get a National Trust membership – there are so many great days out to be had. The windmill is beautiful – we’ve never visited one before. Lovely photos and fab memories x #CountryKids

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