Marsh Mill Windmill
76 Barton Street
Marsh Mill itself is the finest, well preserved example of its kind in the north west of England.
It was built in 1974 by Ralph Slater who was a Fylde Millwright. It was commissioned by Bold Hesketh, uncle of Peter Hesketh (later Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood) who would go on to play a prominent role in the expansion of Fleetwood.
Tragedy struck in May 1930, when a Miss Alice Baldwin and a Mrs Mary Jane Bailey visited the windmill with an interest in purchasing it. However, when both women stepped onto the fantail platform, the platform collapsed and the women fell to their deaths.
In 1957 it was sold to Thornton Cleveleys, later Wyre Council.
The mill underwent a two year renovation and the sails finally turned again after sixty years in 1990.
Today, it's home to a courtyard complex which includes craft shops and cafes, a pub and Twelve, a fine dining restaurant. Throughout the year there are events running in the square, and there's plenty of nearby parking.
Marsh Mill opens in September as part of the Heritage Open Days programme, with free entry into the windmill and tours to the top.
Industrial heritage site
Open during Heritage Open Days in September