Little Marton Windmill

Little Marton Windmill

Little Marton Windmill is the only remaining mill in Blackpool. It’s also the landmark near the M55 motorway and the big Tesco in Blackpool.

It’s a familiar landmark which tells many a holiday maker that they’re almost at the seaside. This was the main road into Blackpool long before Yeadon Way was built. Today we know it as the A583 – Preston New Road.

  • Find Little Marton Windmill at Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ
See Little Marton Windmill on the main road into Blackpool.
See Little Marton Windmill on the main road into Blackpool.

More about Little Marton Windmill

This is a flat and windy landscape which would once have been littered with windmills.

Little Marton Windmill is the last one in Blackpool and one of three good examples which still stand on the Fylde Coast. The other two notable ones are Marsh Mill and Lytham Windmills.

We went to take a look at it from the outside, in November 2020 –

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Little Marton Mill is a ‘gristmill’, used to grind grain (corn) into flour, which it did until 1928. ‘Grist’ is grain which has been separated from the chaff.

Todays mill was built on the site of an even earlier windmill – in 1838 by millwright Richard Blezard. He built it for Nancy, who was a widow of John Whalley.

Another miller called Cornelius Bagot later worked the mill, before it finally stopped working.

In 1937 after Bagot had restored it, he gave it to the Allen Clarke Memorial Fund. Allen Clarke was a local teacher, writer and windmill enthusiast.

Little Marton Windmill
Little Marton Windmill

Shirley Matthews got in touch with us. Her grandfather was Charles Allen Clarke, who famously coined the phrase and wrote the book ‘Windmill Land’.

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Shirley also kindly sent some photos to share, of Little Marton Mill through the ages –

Charles Allen Clarke. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Charles Allen Clarke. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Little Marton Mill when Cornelius Bagot owned and ran it. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Little Marton Mill when Cornelius Bagot owned and ran it. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Windmill Land. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Windmill Land. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Shirley Clarke-Matthews and Ann Allen open the mill with their own keys. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews
Shirley Clarke-Matthews and Ann Allen open the mill with their own keys. Photo: Shirley Clarke-Matthews

Listed Building

As you’d expect, a heritage building as old as this one, has recognition for its age and importance.

  • English Heritage designate it as Grade II listed in 1983.
  • £88,000 is spent on a thorough renovation project a few years afterwards, in 1987.
  • And on Sunday 1 March 2015 a blue plaque is unveiled. It celebrates 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)
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. Photo: Juliette Gregson
Blue plaque on Little Marton Windmill. Photo: Juliette Gregson

See the blue plaque on the side of the mill. The inscription on it 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)”

Friends of Little Marton Mill

The Friends of Little Marton Windmill is an independent group of local volunteers. They promote knowledge of the mill, its place in local history, and awareness of the extensive windmill heritage of the Fylde Coast.

The Friends run open days and exhibitions at the mill. Why don’t you go along to one? You can see inside this fascinating building and some of the original machinery. Heritage displays are normally in place from spring until late autumn.

Open Days

Marvel at the inside of this building which is over 200 years old. See the displays which take you back to its past.

There’s a small admission fee which helps with the maintenance and upkeep of this piece of local history.

The Friends of Little Marton Windmill can also open the mill for private group visits and school tours. Please contact them to make arrangements.

You can find them and many more things to do on the Fylde Coast in the Events Calendar.

Investment in the Exhibitions

Blackpool based company RP Tyson Construction has presented a cheque for £1,400 to The Friends of Little Marton Windmill to support the group’s promotion of the historic structure.

RP Tyson are undertaking construction of 75 new homes for rent through Blackpool Coastal Housing at nearby Troutbeck Crescent. As part of the construction contract, RP Tyson Construction committed to setting up the Troutbeck Community Fund to support projects and causes on the Mereside Estate.

The funding will be used to purchase technology for multi-purposes. Including presentations to visitors on open days as well as a system to protect exhibition materials.

Anne Allen is Chair of the Friends of Little Marton Windmill. She said “As we come out of COVID restrictions we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Little Marton Windmill soon.  The funding from Tyson Construction will enable us to buy essential kit that we need so that we can showcase the windmill in the best possible way.”

Living Artwork at Little Marton Windmill

Published October 2014

LeftCoast, in partnership with Avant Gardening and artist Rebecca Chesney, created a giant living artwork in the green space around Little Marton Windmill.

Crocus at Little Marton Windmill
Crocus at Little Marton Windmill

Residents and businesses rolled up their sleeves to plant 100,000 crocuses to create the ambitious installation.

They create a stunning living artwork that can be enjoyed by local residents. It also brightens Preston New Road and the route into Blackpool for visitors.

The crocus field has flowered each year from Spring 2015. It’s the perfect habitat for wildlife and bees, and a torrent of colour around the mill.

Anything to add?

Would you like to add anything to this page about Little Marton Windmill?

Please get in touch if you’ve got photos to share, or leave a comment below. Full credit given, just email jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk

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4 thoughts on “Little Marton Windmill”

  1. hi jane nice to see an old windmill at little Marton as seen in the newsletter today I To have a book called windmills found in Brittan with some places like this love to read about some of their histories with or without a blue plack badge very nice just to read this item I do hope you will make more videos like these they are so beautiful to watch just like yourself ps can you get a brew at Tesco s nearby many thanks Ian from leeds

  2. Some of my earliest childhood memories of coming to Blackpool with my parents on our family holidays/day trips are the drive along the New Preston Road and passing the Little Marton Windmill.

    After the excitement of ‘I can see the Tower’, this was the next big ‘spot’! I have always been a lover of windmills and this particular one has always made a huge impression on me.

  3. My mother used to have a book called “Windmill Land”, about all the windmills in the Fylde, taking advantage of the wind which constantly sweeps this flat area.

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