Friston Windmill is a Grade II* listed post mill in Friston, Suffolk. It was moved from Woodbridge by a millwright in 1812. They sold the mill to Joseph Collins in 1812. The mill was primarily wind driven by sails until 1956 and then powered by a diesel engine until 1964.
In 1965, permission was granted to demolish the mill as it was deemed unsafe but this was not implemented. Plans were then drawn to move the mill to the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. Funds were raised locally to save the building from removal and provide initial repairs, which started in 1971. A steel framework has been erected around the mill in order to allow work on the trestle and body of the mill.
At 15.5m to the ridge of its curved gabled roof, Friston Mill is the tallest post mill still standing in Britain. It is described in the listing as an outstanding local landmark.
Since 1972, the new owner has maintained the mill with the full intention of preserving it and bringing it back into full, functioning use.
Friston windmill is to be restored to full working order and preserved as a traditional working corn mill together with its curtilage as a building of historical, architectural and industrial interest to provide public benefit and opportunities much needed by the local community.
OPEN HERITAGE have been commissioned as the project’s lead heritage consultants. The Conservation Management Plan, being drafted in accordance with guidelines published by Heritage Lottery Fund and Prince’s Regeneration Trust, focuses on developing the sustainable vitality and economic viability of the mill without compromising the local identity and character of Friston.
The current owner and appointed project team wish to conserve the historic and architectural character of the building so that it can continue to enrich and enhance local communities by creating social, economic and environmental benefits and opportunities. The project will promote the dissemination and promotion of renewable technologies and locally sourced foodstuffs and services, thus enhancing Suffolk’s ambition to be the Greenest County in the UK.