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Rayleigh Windmill

Rayleigh Windmill

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Rayleigh Windmill

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  • Atmospheric wedding venue in Rayleigh
  • Restored Grade II-listed Essex windmill
  • Over two centuries of working history
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Neighbouring Arts Centre for receptions
  • Plenty of superb photo-opportunities
  • Intimate ceremonies with up to 20 guests
  • Award winning wedding venue

The Rayleigh Windmill is a wedding venue that is full of heritage and class. A 210-year-old Grade II listed Windmill, this iconic building has undergone extensive renovation works to allow it to serve as a truly beautiful and unique intimate wedding venue.

With access to the beautiful and picturesque Windmill gardens for photos after the ceremony, the Windmill will provide a perfect and stunning backdrop for pictures on your special day. An incredibly romantic and quaint intimate wedding venue, the Windmill is the perfect venue for those seeking a unique and intimate ceremony, in a venue that is full of charm, beauty and romance.


Built in 1809 for Thomas Higgs, Rayleigh Windmill was passed through several owners up until 1869, when £150 was spent on mill repairs. James Brown was the last miller to work it by wind; its cap and sails being removed in 1909, the mill workings were subsequently powered by steam and oil engines, then finally by electric motor until 1937. After a number of years of disuse, the building was converted into a museum. It was formally opened on 16th May 1970, and in 1972 Rayleigh Urban District Council launched an appeal to restore the mill as a landmark. In 1974 a new cap and sails were fitted by John Lawn and Phillip Barret-Lennard. In 2005, a comprehensive programme of restoration was undertaken, enabling it to host wedding ceremonies today.


The Windmill can comfortably seat up to 20 guests for a civil ceremony in the beautiful ceremony room, in the historical and majestic Windmill.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 20 Guests

Couples requiring facilities for their wedding reception close by are invited to make use of the neighbouring Arts Centre, which has a number of different-sized rooms for wedding breakfasts and receptions, suited to both intimate and large celebrations.


There is no accommodation on site, but there's plenty available in the vicinity. Southend Airport's Premier Inn is very local, with a number of other hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses, such as The Rochford Hotel and The Westcliff Hotel, just a short drive away.

To book this venue, contact them using the details below.

Rayleigh Windmill
Bellingham Lane


  • Laura and Craig, 2019

    Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony and commented on what a beautiful and perfect venue it was

  • Jennie, 2019

    We had the most amazing wedding day at the Windmill! Perfect venue for our small family

  • Emily and David, 2019

    I am so glad we picked this venue. It has so much character and charm and is a unique setting for any celebration. The staff we encountered from the initial viewing through to our wedding day were fantastic and everything ran so smoothly. I can’t thank them enough for making our special day truly wonderful

  • Natalie, 2019

    The Windmill was just a perfect venue for the wedding – thank you so much for your help in this. In the build up you were highly supportive and on the day you and your team were exemplary! We had a wonderful day and the ceremony played a major part in this

  • Vikki & James, 2019

    The windmill was beautiful and was everything we was looking for in an intimate unique wedding ceremony.

  • Mr and Mrs Hawker – 03/2015

    This is just a little email to say thank you so much for all the help you gave David and myself before and during our wedding at the Windmill. We had a lovely day, it was all that we hoped for. Thank you for all your assistance, it was much appreciated.

  • Mr and Mrs Hoare – 09/2014

    Thank you for looking after us on our Wedding Day at the Windmill. Family and friends enjoyed the setting and day, thanks to your hard work.
    You made us all feel comfortable and cared for. Thank you.

  • Mr and Mrs Crisp – 04/2014

    Thank you for all your help and assistance at our wedding at the Rayleigh Windmill. From the moment we contacted you, the help we received was superb. The Rayleigh Windmill is a wonderful venue and we had a perfect wedding. It was a day we will never forget.

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