(photo: Friends of Little Marton Windmill)
It's a familiar landmark which tells many a holiday maker that they're almost at the seaside, and before Yeadon Way was built this was the main road into Blackpool for everyone.
In a flat and windy landscape which would once have been littered with windmills, it's the last one in Blackpool and one of three good examples which still stand here on the Fylde Coast - the other two being Marsh Mill and Lytham Windmill.
Little Marton Mill was built in 1838 - it's a 'gristmill' which means it was used to grind grain (corn) into flour, which it did until 1928.
The current windmill was built in 1838 on the site of an earlier windmill, by millwright Richard Blezard for Nancy, a widow of John Whalley.
It was later worked by another miller called Cornelius Bagot before it stopped working.
In 1937 after Bagot had restored it, he gave it to the Allen Clarke Memorial Fund - he was a local teacher, writer and windmill enthusiast.
In 1983 it was designated Grade II listed by English Heritage and in 1987 £88,000 was spent on a thorough renovation project.
On Sunday 1 March 2015 a blue plaque was unveiled to celebrate the civic importance of the Mill.
Shirley Matthews Vice Chair Little Marton Windmill, Cllr Luke Taylor, Joan Humble Chair Blackpool Civic Trust, Carl Carrington Head Blackpool Heritage, Cllr Christine Wright and Cllr Adrian Hutton (photo: Juliette Gregson)
Blue plaque on Little Marton Windmill, which reads:
"Originally one of several windmills in the area, it is the last remaining within the boundary of Blackpool Borough. The design is typical for the Fylde Coast, other surviving examples being in Lytham St Annes to the south and Thornton to the North. The mill ceased operating in 1928 and was given to the town by Cornelius Bagot, as a memorial to his friend, local author Allen Clarke (1863-1935)"
(Photo: Juliette Gregson)
The Friends of Little Marton Windmill hold open days throughout the year - see the dates for this year here
You can find out about what else is happening on the Fylde Coast in the Events Calendar.
Little Marton Windmill, Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ
More about Friends of Little Marton Windmill here
More about Lytham Windmill here
More about Marsh Mill at Thornton here
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