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Don’t forget heritage Open Days 14 - 15 September see Windmills for details.

Talk on the History and Restoration of Wicklewood Mill

Hugh Slade, a local resident and mill volunteer, will be giving a talk on the History and Restoration of Wicklewood Mill. The talk will take place at Wicklewood Village Hall on January 26th doors open from 1pm and the talk starts at 1.30. Admission: Adults £2.00 Children £1.00



Billingford Mill

The mill was built in 1860 to replace an earlier post mill blown over in 1859. The mill is at present without sails, the local community have formed a committee to raise funds for their replacement. The mill will be open to the public on the following dates:

Sunday 30 June 12:30 -16:30
Sunday 21 July 12:30 - 16:30
Sunday 18 August 12:30 - 16:30
Sunday 22 September 12:30 - 16:30

Wicklewood Mill

Built in 1845/46, the mill worked until the early 1940s. The sails have been hoisted back on the mill and the mill will be open to the public on the following dates:

Sunday 16 June 13:00 – 16:00
Sunday 21 July 13:00 – 16:00
Sunday 18 August 13:00 – 16:00
Sunday 15 September 13:00 – 16:00

Polkey’s Mill, Reedham Marsh Steam Engine House and Seven Mile Diesels

The next opening of the site will be Saturday 14 September 12:00 – 16:00.

The site comprises three mills, a steam engine house and a diesel engine shed and is one of only a few sites on the Broads where all the buildings involved in the drainage of the marshes is represented. Polkey’s Mill has been restored to full working order and weather permitting will be working during the afternoon. Reedham Marsh Steam Engine House has been restored but no longer houses a steam engine. There is an exhibition within the building on the drainage of the marshes.

There is no vehicular access to the site. Park in Reedham Village and access the site via a 45 minute walk along the Wherryman’s Way from behind the Ship Inn. There are moorings available at the site.

New Publication from Norfolk Windmills TrustNew Publication from Norfolk Windmills Trust - Mills of the Halvergate Marshes: Reedham Marshes & Ashtree Farm

A 38 page colour guide
Price: £2.50 + 50p post and packing

Available from:
Norfolk Windmills Trust, Union House, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR. Tel: 01362 869394

Norfolk’s Windmills by river, road and railNorfolk's Windmills by river, road and rail

A5 size, paperback, illustrated, 74 pages

PRICE £6.99 + £1.50 P&P

The book describes and illustrates more than 30 corn and drainage windmills, including Norfolk’s tallest, largest, smallest, newest and most unusual examples.

It describes some of the personalities behind the mills – the millers and the millwrights – and also looks at Norfolk’s modern alternatives to the traditional windmill.

Illustrated with 80 colour & sepia photographs, and 16 original maps and line drawings.

More information about the book, and sample pages, can be found at

Copies can be ordered online via PayPal at the above web address.

Please direct enquiries to or telephone 07733 108409

News from some of the Mill sites in the care of the NWT Billingford Mill

Following a public meeting in February, two community groups were formed. One to clear out the mill and open it to the public, the other to help progress funding application to repair the mill back to working order. Listed building consent has been granted for the repairs and a Millwright has been commissioned to write the specification and schedule of works. Any donations or offers of help will be gratefully received please contact the Technical Adviser on 01362 869394.

Old Buckenham Mill

A millwright has been commissioned to write the specification for repairs to the mill, which will include new sails and carrying out repairs to the cap and worm gearing, to make the mill wind more smoothly. The Old Buckenham Windmill Committee is looking at putting together funding applications to raise the necessary funding needed.

St Olave’s Mill

The works to repair and replace the cap and sails on the mill are complete. The mill was tail-winded during the gales in January 2007. Works are still required to the outfall waterlane and it is hoped that these works will be completed this year so that that the security fencing can then be removed.

Stracey Arm’s Mill

A millwright has been commissioned to write the specification and schedule of works to carry out all the repairs to the cap, sails and internal machinery. A consultant has been appointed to work on a stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The application will hopefully be submitted in the next few months.

Wicklewood Mill

The mill sails were finally hoisted back on to the mill last October with Mrs Hubbard in attendance. A new group of volunteers has been formed who are working on clearing out the mill and will be opening it to the public for the first time in a number of years for National Mills Weekend. The mill will be open on May 11 and 12 from 13:00 – 16:00.

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The ‘Land of the Windmills Project – Phase 1’

The ’Land of the Windmills’ which was a partnership project between the Norfolk Windmills Trust, Broads Authority and Norfolk County Council is now complete.
The project has received Heritage Lottery Funding as well as grants from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd.) and Broadland District Council. The projects aim was to restore two mills and a steam engine house on the Reedham Marshes and another mill at Ashtree Farm along the Acle Straight.

Polkey’s Mill has been restored to full working order and it will be possible, wind permitting, to demonstrate the mill to the public during publicised open days. Cadge’s Mill has received a new cap. The Steam Engine House which turned out to be a very interesting building has been restored and now houses an exhibition on drainage mills. The Steam Engine House was found to have its original 1880 corrugated iron roof which is quite rare and made from wrought iron rather than steel.

The landscaping works around Polkey’s Mill and the Steam Engine House took place last year and a regular grass cutting regime is now in place.

Ashtree Farm Mill has received a new cap and sails but due to the time constraints of the project at the time and, the workload on the millwright it was impossible to complete the mill to full working order. This summer a contract was let with the millwright to make and fit a complete set of teeth for the headwheel and pitwheel. These works should be complete by October.

Letheringsett Watermill nr. Holt

Friends of Letheringsett Mill.

Friends of Letheringsett Mill is a small but growing group of people interested in helping Mike Thurlow, the miller at Letheringsett watermill, achieve and promote the educational side of this fascinating project. We are still looking for more members with enthusiasm and a passion for mills. As a member you will have the opportunity to contribute in many practical ways using your particular skills, interests or ideas to help to complete various practical projects. Also to join in with or even help to organise fundraising and social events, like walks, talks & barbeques. Membership entitles you to free admission to the mill during usual opening times, which will include tours when available and a regular newsletter to keep you up to date with progress, events and activities.

Further information on the Friends of Letheringsett Mill, visit:

A detailed history of Letheringsett watermill and most of Norfolk’s other watermills, windmills and drainage mills can be found by visiting:

Information regarding Letheringsett watermill opening times and where Letheringsett products can be purchased, visit:

The possibility of converting unmanned former wind-pumps to produce electricity with computer control: feasibility study

by: Keith Clayton & Martin Scott (Norwich) and Simon Watson & Murray Thomson (CREST, Loughborough)

Please note: This is a draft preliminary feasibility study, funded through the LEADER+ programme and the views expressed within the report do not necessarily represent the view of the Trustees of the Norfolk Windmills Trust, individually or collectively.


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A. Final Executive summary 10 Jun 05.pdf [19KB]

B. CREST Norfolk Windmills Final Report GIF 1 Jun 05.pdf [1.33MB]

C. Conserving the Mills May 2005.pdf [42KB]

D. The Generating Mill tourism report 18 May 05.pdf [17KB]

E. Summary of costs and income.pdf [14KB]

F. Drainage Mills Schedule.pdf [38KB]

Mills Map.pdf [4.05MB]



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