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Willesbourgh Windmill, Ashford, Kent.jpg
A traditional windmill, historically used to mill grain with wind power. Show/edit corresponding data item.
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Group: man made
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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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.

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For a modern  Windturbine, see power=generator + generator:source=wind instead.

How to map

Add a node node at the centre of the windmill, or draw its outline as an area area. Add the tag man_made=windmill.

Tags used 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.
  • 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 other features such as a cafe or gift shop are in the same building, add separate node(s) node with corresponding tags. See One feature, one OSM element.


Photo Tags OSM Carto
Willesbourgh Windmill, Ashford, Kent.jpg man_made=windmill
name=Willesbourgh Windmill

See also