Transforming Saintfield’s Windmill Field into a community heritage park

Image of Saintfield community heritage park mill site.

Saintfield community heritage mill site. Image from National Lottery Heritage Fund

A National Lottery windfall for Saintfield Community Association will provide much needed free-to-access green space in the historic County Down village.

The three-acre park is home to an early 19th-century windmill tower, flour mill and miller’s cottage. Built in 1803, the windmill operated until 1839 when the windmill’s sails were blown off by a hurricane known locally as the ‘Night of the Big Wind’. The area also contains remnants of track and two bridges from the Belfast and County Down railway which operated from the 1850s to 1950.

The park design was shaped in consultation with local people and will provide access for all abilities with paths starting at the community centre, viewpoints of the windmill and railway track plus interpretation panels on the area’s history and industrial heritage.

The Heritage Fund initially awarded the Saintfield Community Heritage Park project £135,947 in development funding followed by a £903,771 delivery grant in March 2024.

To learn more about the project and award click here.