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Rayleigh Windmill
  • 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
  • Reception parties for up to 300 guests
  • Plenty of varied accommodation nearby

This 200-year-old Grade II-listed windmill in Rayleigh, Essex is a unique and intimate wedding venue. Ownership has passed through many hands during its time as a working windmill, but in recent years the fabric of the building has been meticulously restored and refurbished by the local council, so as to be able to offer itself as a charming and atmospheric wedding venue.

Its location, next to Sensory Garden and the historic Rayleigh Mount, offers a perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding pictures. The windmill itself is licensed to host civil ceremonies with up to 20 witnesses, and the neighbouring Arts and Events Centre will accommodate receptions and celebration parties of most sizes.

History

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.

Facilities

The windmill can comfortably seat 20 guests for civil wedding ceremonies in the circular ground floor of the windmill tower.

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.

Formal Reception Capacity - 30-300 Guests

Catering

Perfect for smaller, more budget-friendly wedding celebrations, Rayleigh Windmill also offers the services of the neighbouring arts and events centre, where wedding parties can enjoy either a post-ceremony formal meal, buffet or a continental breakfast.

Accommodation

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.

Address
Rayleigh Windmill
Bellingham Lane
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 7ED

Reviews

  • 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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