Windmill: New Seat


New seat at Ashton Windmill site in memory of Joe Phillips, wartime evacuee to Chapel Allerton.

Joe Phillips was evacuated from London to Allerton at the beginning of the war. Like so many of those evacuated to the Allertons he had very happy memories of his childhood here. And he loved our Windmill.

Read more: Windmill: Memorial Seat

Harlequin Ladybirds invade windmill


(Photo contributed by Jessica Vale: February 2010)

Invasion by Harlequin Ladybirds. For more information see the BBC's Science & Environment article and the Harlequin Ladybird Survey.

The Wessex Mills Group

Wessex Mills Sack LogoThe Group was formed in 2003 as a centre for the milling heritage of Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. They meet regularly, often in one of our local mills, and we welcome new members and their guests.

For details of the Wessex Mills Group's next meeting and any other events visit their site.

Ashton Windmill History

(This document available here as a downloadable pdf: you may need a pdf reader such as Adobe Acrobat reader to view it: also available here)


Welcome to Ashton Windmill, Chapel Allerton. The stone tower is over 200 years old. The site belongs to and is maintained by Sedgemoor District Council, with help from a Management Committee with representatives of the Council, Parish Council and local volunteer custodians. It is no longer a working mill, but still contains all its operating machinery.

When the weather permits, from here you can see Cheddar Gorge, Brent Knoll, the Polden Hills and Hinkley Point Power Station. This open site is ideal for a windmill; from whichever direction the wind is blowing, there is enough of it to turn the sails.

Read more: Ashton Windmill History

Ashton Windmill: Recent History

May 7 2009, The new sails have been delivered to a secret location in Chapel Allerton, to have their lightning conductors attached. The sails will be installed as soon as we have a sufficiently calm day!

May 25 2009, The new sails are fitted.

June 22 2009, The new bench is 'benchmarked'

Visiting Ashton Windmill

Chairman: Mr Steve Reading 01934 712692

  • Open Sundays 2.30-4.30pm April to September
  • Open Wednesday July and August
  • Parties by arrangement with the chairman