Blackpool Heritage – Little Marton Windmill

The Little Marton Windmill is a tower windmill that was built in the 19th century. Initially used for milling corn, it is now a Grade II listed building.

The site where the current windmill stands was also home to a previous windmill. The current one was built in 1838 by John Hays who was a millwright.

There were once around 4 mills on the border of Blackpool but the one in Marton is the last surviving structure.

An artist’s sketch of the windmill in its heyday.

The windmill was located in what was once known as Little Marton. Little Marton was a hamlet that was part of the township of Marton. At the end of the 19th century, the township of Marton became part of Blackpool and St Annes.

Not only did Marton have the current cornmill, but it had a watermill too. There was an additional wind powered corn mill too until the late 19th century.

The Little Marton corn mill was used until it stopped working in 1928. It was restored by the owner in 1937 and given to the Allen Clarke Memorial Fund, to act as a memorial to the late Allen Clarke who was a local windmill enthusiast, writer and teacher.

In 1987, the windmill was renovated. The project cost around £88,000but meant that the building could be preserved.

If you’ve never visited Blackpool before, the Little Marton Windmill can’t be missed when you do come here. If you exit the M55 motorway near Marton, you will see it standing on a large area of grass close to the roadside. It’s a familiar landmark in Blackpool.

The windmill is built 4 storeys tall which includes a basement and it is built in a circular shape. It has a wide base in proportion to the height of the windmill, and is finished in stuccoed whitewashed brickwork. If you pay close enough attention to the building, you will find a commemorative plaque on the exterior. This plaque commemorates the late writer Allen Clarke. there are windows on the first, second and third floors and at basement level are the entrance doors to the mill.

A bus travels on a route close to the windmill

The cap of the windmill was replaces in 1987 and it is boat shaped, which is quite typical for windmills on the Fylde coast. The mill is no longer in operation and the machinery inside it is no longer complete as some of it was taken to Lytham Windmill.

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