Pictures of ten of the prettiest mills in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 14:34 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:04 12 May 2016
It's National Mills Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, an annual festival of the UK's milling heritage. Here are some great images of Norfolk's mills and a look at how you can join in with the celebrations this weekend.
Norfolk is home to many windmills and watermills which have served important roles within the county for many years, including grinding corn and drainage on the Norfolk Broads.
We’ve picked ten of the prettiest to picture here. They are: Cley Windmill, Thurne Mill, Berney Arms Windmill, Weybourne Windmill, Dereham Windmill, Sutton Windmill, Denver Windmill, Bircham Windmill, Mutton’s Mill, How Hill Windmill.
Three types of windmill are commonly found in England, the Tower mill, which consists of a brick or stone tower on which sits a wooden ‘cap’, the Smock mill which consists of a sloping, horizontally weatherboarded or thatched tower and the Post mill, the earliest type of windmill known in this country that is supported by a post which pivots. All three of these different types can be seen in Norfolk.
At one point there were more than 100 windmills in Norfolk, although a vast majority of smaller ones have now disappeared. Many of the remaining mills have since fallen into private hands, but some are still open to the public.
The Norfolk Windmills Trust currently cares for 21 buildings across Norfolk, 13 of which are owned or leased by Norfolk County Council.
These 21 buildings include, Ashtree Farm Drainage Mill, Bilingford Cornmill, Thurn Dyke Drainage Mill, Wicklewood Cornmill and Mill House and Old buckenham Cornmill.
Several of these mills will be holding open days and events this weekend such as Polkey’s Mill which will be working (weather permitting) and offering tours between 12pm and 4pm on Saturday and Wicklewood which will be open on Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm.
The theme for the 2014 and 2015 National Mills Weekends was Mills in Art, however for 2016 the Mills Section have settled upon a brand new theme, which will be vintage power.
• For more information on mills that will be open to the public this weekend visit nationalmillsweekend.co.uk