Ballycopeland Windmill near Millisle Co. Down
Ballycopeland Windmill
Ballycopeland Windmill
County Down is one of the best grain-growing areas in Ireland and windmills have long been a prominent feature of the landscape. At one time over 100 windmill's were recorded in the county of Down and although there are several remains left, Only Ballycopeland Windmills survives. It has been fully restored to its former fully working condition, as has the Millar's House that forms part of this unique visitor attraction.
Although uncertain it is estimated that Ballycopeland windmill was built around the 1780s or 90s, appearing on the first Ordnance Survey maps of the area in 1830s.
The Mill is of the tower type with a mobile cap this is moved by a fantail in order to keep the sales facing the prevailing wind. It has two entrance doors a west door to allow access should the main east door be blocked by the sails.
Part of the recent restoration work carried out includes the Millar's House, (Pictured below). This now features an audiovisual presentation of the working and History of the Mill along with a fully reconstructed grain store.
A small cover charge is levied for enterance to the windmill in order to assist with maintenance costs
One of three mill stones
One of Three Mill Stones
One of three hopper fed milling stones that was operated at Ballycopeland windmill. The grain was feed to these hoppers from the hopper floor above.
Millars House
The Millars' House Ballycopeland
To view the internal workings of the windmill click the drawing to the right. Click for details
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The windmill is open to visitors at the following times
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
Sunday 2pm to 6pm

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