“ This is such a special building. There are lots of windmills in the UK, but none have quite such a perfect mix of visual beauty, nestling as it does in a charming village with the roof tops all around, and the reed beds and salt marshes between the mill and the sea. The views are staggering - it is little wonder that it is one of the most photographed buildings in Norfolk. We love it, the staff love it, the visitors love it. Inside it is quirky and atmospheric and well preserved. Come and see us! ”

Simon Whatling / Sarah Pegden (Managers), Julian Godlee (Owner)

Architectural History

Cley Windmill dates back to the 18th century, although the tower was completed some time later. It is one of the most iconic buildings in Norfolk. The brick tower mill has four floors and windows on all sides. The white sails and fanstage add to the visual beauty. The windmill was first offered for sale in 1819. From 1840 to 1919 the miller, Steven Barnabas Burroughs, lived and worked there, but after that the building fell into disrepair. In 1921 it was bought and converted into a holiday home. This entailed fixing the cap and sails and removing most of the working parts, but the old stones for grinding the grain were set into the ground close by. The sails were replaced in 1960 and again in 1988, when the frontage and galleries were also renewed.

Architectural Features

Cley Windmill is a perfect example of a characterful 18th-century tower mill, with sails and fanstage and balcony, all in excellent condition. The views from the balcony and fanstage are breathtaking, stretching over 360 degrees of saltmarsh, reed beds, coastline and the historic and charming village of Cley-next-the-Sea, with its many pubs and characterful fishermans’ and tradesmens’ Georgian houses.

Filming Attributes

The windmill has already starred in four films and a children’s television series. The windmill has excellent access, privacy for well known actors and production crew, a good communication network, a willing and helpful incumbent staff, good light source, workable terrain, and adequate surroundings for unit bases. Hot food can be provided and both animals and night shoots are allowed. The land will cope with heavy plant machinery.


Special Considerations

  • Accommodation for Cast & Crew
  • Animals Allowed
  • Hotworks
  • Night Shoots
  • Remote Area


The windmill sits in an unequalled position just a mile from the North Norfolk coast. There is excellent accessibility by large lorry and film location van. Helicopter landing is available in the garden. The windmill is 30 mins by car from Norwich Airport. The nearest main line railway stations are found at Norwich or nearby Sherringham. Driving from London takes 2 hrs 40 mins on excellent roads. It is possible to sail right up to the windmill on a high tide – a magical sight as the sail can be seen for a long time meandering between the reeds along the creek.

Crew and Relevant Links


Email: info@cleywindmill.co.uk

Phone: 01263 740209

Website: http://www.cleywindmill.co.uk/