For sail! Your chance to buy a Norfolk Broads windmill for as little as £100,000

Clippesby Windmill. Photo: Cliff Moore.

Clippesby Windmill. Photo: Cliff Moore. - Credit: Cliff Moore of press office spec

How do you fancy emulating Windy Miller and having the run of your own mill?

Clippesby Mill in 1971.

Clippesby Mill in 1971.

It seems an unlikely ambition, but today the opportunity has come up - for as little as £100,000.

Clippesby Mill on the River Bure near Acle
in August 1971

Clippesby Mill on the River Bure near Acle in August 1971 .

The five-storey Clippesby windmill and pumphouse at Ashby With Oby, near Acle, has a freehold guide price of £100,000 plus.

Clippesby Mill in 1971.

Clippesby Mill in 1971. - Credit: Archant

It is listed in the next Essex and North and East London sale by independent regional land and property auctioneer Clive Emson Auctioneers on Wednesday May 3.

With five levels, it has previously been converted into a weekend retreat but retains many of its internal features.

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According to, Ashby Clippesby mill is one of the older mills. It was originally built with older type narrow bricks before being heightened using a more modern style of wider brick, possibly in 1814.

The mill had a Norfolk boat-shaped cap with a petticoat and gallery.

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In 1958, it was converted to holiday accommodation. By the 1970s a modern brick pumphouse had been built close by to take over the work of the mill.

In 1978, the mill was struck by lightning and sail stocks subsequently removed.

Paul Bridgeman, auctioneer and former president of the National Association of Auctioneers and Valuers, said: 'Windmills always generate a great deal of interest at auction because of their curiosity value and rarity.

'Clippesby is thought to be one of the older windmills before being heightened, possibly in 1814, and includes a balcony on its top floor.

'In addition to the windmill and pumphouse, there is a footbridge leading to nearby land included in the freehold. It offers all kinds of potential to the new owner, including residential development, subject to the necessary consents.'

The windmill is on the banks of the river Bure, close to the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

Clive Emson Auctioneers holds eight rounds of auctions at five locations from Essex to Cornwall on consecutive days every six weeks, this time with a total of 137 lots.

Starting at 11am, the sale that includes Ashby Clippesby Windmill is on Wednesday, May 3 at 11am.

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