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

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

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

Thelnetham Windmill. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

• 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 Sharpe

Horsey windpump on the Broads. Picture: Angela Sharpe - Credit: Archant © 2007


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• 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 Morley

Bardwell Windmill. Picture: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill. Picture: James Bass

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Archant

• 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 Bass

Herringfleet Marsh Mill surrounded by snow covered grazing land. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2005

•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 Kelly

Stow Mill in Mundesley. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2005

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

Pakenham Windmill sits beneath a sky full of fluffy clouds. Picture: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant

• 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 Burt

A wintery scene at Denver Mill. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: 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 Duncan

Billingford Mill. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Polkey's and Cadges Mills. Picture: James Bass

Polkey's and Cadges Mills. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

• 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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