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Willesbourgh Windmill, Ashford, Kent.jpg
A traditional windmill, historically used to mill grain with wind power. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Group: Man made
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Status: de facto

A traditional windmill, largely constructed from wood or brick/stone. Historically often used to mill grain using wind power.

How to Map

Add a node at the centre of the windmill or draw its outline and use the man_made=windmill.

Tags to use in combination

  • name=* - Many historical windmills are named individually.
  • building=windmill - Smock and tower mills are also buildings. In these cases it can be appropriate to put all tags on the outline.
  • windmill:type=post/tower/smock - indicate whether it's a Post mill, a Tower mill or a Smock mill
  • functional=yes/no - Is the windmill still fully functional? Can it still mill grain (or whatever it was used for), even if it's really been out of service for years?
  • windmill:disused=yes - Mill equipment is out of service. The building can also be used for other purposes, for example, living, cafe, exhibition
  • abandoned:man_made=windmill - submitted by the owner and no longer serviced
  • ruins=yes - if it is a ruin
  • windmill:vanes=yes/no if the windmill vanes (or sails) still exists
  • mock=yes if it is a mock mill (a fake, or dummy) which never contained any machinery.
  • tourism=attraction - Is it worth visiting?
  • access=* - Is it possible for the general public to enter it, even if only occasionally?
  • start_date=* - When was it built?
  • wikipedia=* - reference to possible Wikipedia article
  • wikidata=* - reference to possible wikidata item for the windmill
  • Addresses
  • contact=*

If a cafe is in the same building add another point and the corresponding properties. (See One feature, one OSM element)


Picture/Description Tags OSM Carto "standard" style
Willesbourgh Windmill, Ashford, Kent.jpg man_made=windmill

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