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Norfolk Parish Treasures
Mid Norfolk & The Broads
Peter Tolhurst

Hardback Price: £25.00
Softback Price: £20.00

384 page book with 850 colour photos and
165 black & white illustrations

There are medieval churches and country houses in abundance but
Norfolk Parish Treasures is a more wide ranging celebration of
creative endeavour and local identity. The author speculates on the
origin of place names, folk tales and ancient earthworks; he
explores rare wildlife sites, ruined churches and deserted villages,
salutes the artistic achievements of Cotman and John Piper, the
inspiration of St Benet’s Abbey for Norwich School artists and the
importance of place for Virginia Woolf at Blo’ Norton Hall and in
the novels of LP Hartley.
But what is a Parish Treasure? Few could argue with Blickling
Hall or Hickling Broad but what of those local features - the VR post
box and milestone, the ancient oak and green lane? These fragile
remnants of a lost world are an equally important part of our
heritage. Norfolk Parish Treasures is also a glorious salvage
operation; a collection of the most beautiful artefacts - Iron Age
chariot pieces, Roman drinking cups and Saxon brooches - from our
distant past.
Following the success of North and West Norfolk (2014) and
Breckland and South Norfolk (2015), Mid Norfolk and The Broads is
the last in the Parish Treasures series. Ambitious in scope,
sumptuously illustrated and packed with fascinating information this
cabinet of curiosities is a celebration of the county’s enduring
attraction ready to take its place alongside the Norfolk Shell Guide
and Pevsner’s Norfolk.

This website contains a considerable amount of historical and genealogical data for well over
1,200 mills along with over 3,000 photographs.

All pages should be easily accessible via the links above.


Photographs of Norfolk windmills and watermills
for copying (repairing if necessary) and preserving
All photographs would of course be returned immediately
Please or telephone 01263 713658

Harry Apling's wonderful book
Norfolk Corn Windmills
along with around
1,500 other mill titles and documents
are available from
Alan Ticehurst

At the time of Domesday, in the 11th century, there were some 580 recorded watermills in Norfolk, but no windmills. The earliest known identified windmill site in Norfolk is at Barton_Bendish. although Thomas Thurne gave a windmill in Waxham to Hickling Priory c.1190.

By the 19th century only 80 or 90 watermills were still functioning but there were still 300 - 400 windmills in the county. By the late 1800s the water and windmilled stone ground flour was fast giving way to roller mill produced flour. The taste of the people was changing and the new technology was capable of producing flour far more efficiently and faster.

Horning_Mill_Loke_postmill was probably the first postmill and possibly even the first windmill to be fitted with William Cubitt's patent sails c.1807 that were eventually to be used by virtually all Norfolk windmills. Stalham_smockmill is the only other known contender.

The first steam mill for auxiliary power was installed at Dickleburgh in 1834.

In 1939 Claude Messent recorded that there were only 60 watermills still standing and by 2004 the number had gone down to 52 with only around 20 still containing any remnants of machinery and many have now disappeared completely. Forever.

Standing watermills and windmills are now a rarity and this website is intended to provide a pictorial and historical record of all the mills I can trace here in Norfolk, England.
Jonathan Neville

Pages are continually being updated and added - so any and all help with information, anecdotes and photographs would be greatly appreciated...

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However, if you are interested in purchasing a full size digital photo,
many are available, subject to copyright.
us or telephone 01263 713658
A4 printed (flat) - £10.00 + postage etc (dependent on destination)
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