About the Windmill

image of Green's signature
How the Windmill Works

A Short History of the Windmill

1807       The windmill is built by Mr Green. a Nottingham baker in Sneinton, a village just outside the town of Nottingham.  It is the largest and most powerful  of the twenty or so windmills in and around the town.

image of the windmill c.1860

1817       Mr Green builds a fine house next to the windmill and his family move here, away from the noisy, overcrowded town.

1828       Mr Green’s son George, whilst working at the “tedious and uninstructive details of common business” publishes his now famous Essay on the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of Electricity and Magnetism”

1829       Old Mr Green dies and George takes over the business. The family has prospered, owning property in Sneinton and Nottingham.

1833       George Green lets the milling business and the family house and becomes a student at Caius College, Cambridge.

1841       George Green dies in Sneinton, aged 47 years.

c.1862   The mill ceases work. The sails are removed and the windmill is abandoned

1919       The mill is bought by a Nottingham solicitor, Oliver Hind. He has the cap of the mill covered in copper sheeting to keep out the weather. The mill is let to H Gell and Co. manufacturers of boot and furniture polish.

image of the windmill on fire1947       A disastrous fire destroys much of the mill, only the brick tower left standing. Once again the mill is abandoned.

1979       The derelict mill tower is bought by the George Green Memorial Fund and presented to the City of Nottingham. Restoration begins to provide a memorial to the genius of George Green.

1985       The windmill and Science Centre open to the public

1986       For the first time in around 125 years grain is again being ground in A view of the mill on a sunny dayGreen’s windmill.

2012       The Friends of Green’s Mill begin to take over management of the windmill and science centre on behalf of the City of Nottingham.

Once again the mill wins top prize in the Soil Association Organic Food awards.