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Celebrating the beautiful mills of Norfolk and Suffolk to mark National Mills Weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 May 2018

The Thurne Dyke Mill on the River Thurne. Picture: Ian Burt

The Thurne Dyke Mill on the River Thurne. Picture: Ian Burt

To celebrate National Mills weekend we look at ten of the beautiful and historic mills in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Thelnetham Windmill. Picture: Sonya DuncanThelnetham Windmill. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Thelnetham Windmill

Dating from 1819, it was a successful working mill. Restoration by mill enthusiasts was completed in 1987.

Horsey windpump on the Broads. 
Picture: Angela SharpeHorsey windpump on the Broads. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Horsey Windpump

A local landmark the brick tower drainage mill with a boat-shaped cap, which worked by wind until 1943.

Bardwell Windmill. Picture: Phil MorleyBardwell Windmill. Picture: Phil Morley

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill.

 Picture: James BassThurne Dyke Drainage Mill. Picture: James Bass

Bardwell Windmill

Built in 1823 it was worked by wind until 1925 and then worked with a Blackstone oil engine until 1941.

Herringfleet Marsh Mill surrounded by snow covered grazing land. Picture: James BassHerringfleet Marsh Mill surrounded by snow covered grazing land. Picture: James Bass

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill

It was constructed by millwrights England & Co of Ludham in 1820. It was in operation for nearly 120 years.

Stow Mill in Mundesley. Picture: Antony KellyStow Mill in Mundesley. Picture: Antony Kelly

Pakenham Windmill sits beneath a sky full of fluffy clouds.
 Picture: Phil MorleyPakenham Windmill sits beneath a sky full of fluffy clouds. Picture: Phil Morley

Herringfleet Windpump (Walker’s Mill)

The last pumping mill of its type with cloth-spread sails and a cap turned by tailpole and winch.

A wintery scene at Denver Mill. Picture: Ian BurtA wintery scene at Denver Mill. Picture: Ian Burt

Stow Mill

The corn mill in Paston parish was built between 1825 and 1827. It operated from 1828 until 1930, a working period of over 100 years.

Billingford Mill. Picture: Sonya DuncanBillingford Mill. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Polkey's and Cadges Mills.  Picture: James BassPolkey's and Cadges Mills. Picture: James Bass

Pakenham Windmill

A five-storey tower mill, built in 1830. The mill, fully restored in 2001, has two pairs of millstones, patent sails and a fantail.

Denver Windmill

A large six-storey tower, it retains much of its original machinery. It used wind, oil and electricity.

Billingford Windmill

Built in 1860, with a boat shaped cap winded by a fantail. Currently under restoration it is without cap or sails.

Polkey’s and Cadge’s Mills

Polkey’s Mill, built prior to 1880 and Cadge’s Mill, built in 1880, are two drainage mills out of an original cluster of three.

To find out more about National Mills Weekend and which ones are open to the public visit the website.


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