Melin Llynon Windmill in Llanddeusant on Anglesey
Photo : Tim Snow

Melin Llynon windmill

Melin Llynon windmill is situated on the outskirts of Llanddeusant in the North Western corner of Anglesey and is the only fully working windmill in Wales.

Built in 1775 on land owned by the surgeon Herbert Jones at a cost of £529, 11s.

Melyn Llynon windmill on Anglesey in early Spring

In 1978, the owner of Melin Llynon windmill, Mr Thomas Rowlands decided to retire from farming and chose to put the windmill up for sale.

In response to petitions from several organisations Anglesey Borough Council decided to purchase the mill and restore it “for future generations of islanders to enjoy and learn about their heritage.”

Melin Llynon windmill was purchased by Anglesey Borough Council for the sum of £10.000.

After about 50 years of neglect, including some serious damage caused by a storm in 1954 which blew the cap off along with most of the sails, it was estimated that the renovation of Melin Llynon windmill would take around three years.

Mill stone at Melin Llynon windmill on Anglesey

During 1979, the refurbishment started and the machinery and millstones were removed using a 45 tonne crane.

Some four years later and a total cost of around £120,000 Melyn Llynon windmill was officially re opened on the 11 May 1984.

Melyn Llynon windmill is the most popular mill on Anglesey and is one of our top Anglesey attractions.

Today in 2019, some 40 years after reconstruction first started, Melin Llynon windmill is now run by high end patisserie chef Richard Holt.

Richard, 26 and a Welsh speaker is a former head pastry chef who worked in Marcus Wareing’s 2 Michelin star The Gilbert Scott in London and Anglesey’s own Michelin starred Sosban and the Old Butchers.