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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.


Information on Norfolk windmills and watermills.
Also photographs
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 windmill in Norfolk was recorded at Rackheath in 1268 and the earliest identified windmill site in Norfolk was at Barton_Bendish in 1338, although Thomas Thurne gave a windmill in Waxham to Hickling Priory c.1190.

By the early 1800s 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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We hope you will find something of interest amongst the photos and snippets of information put together.

We would also be grateful for any information, history, anecdotes or photographs that could be included as we continue to develop and update the site. All photographs will of course be returned immediately after they are scanned.

The site has been optimised in order to facilitate downloading. Even so, due to the high graphics content, loading may sometimes appear slow, although other factors such as connection speed, ISP bandwidth and internet traffic obviously also have a bearing on transfer speed.

Please note that all photographs and material on this site are subject to copyright and must not be reproduced without prior permission from the owner. If you are interested in a photo please
for copyright details or telephone 01263 713658.

Photographs for Sale

Please note that all photographs and material on this site are subject to copyright and must not be reproduced without prior permission from the owner.

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)
A3 printed (rolled) - £15.00 + postage etc (dependent on destination)
Hi res digital copy via email - £10.00
Hi res digital copy burnt onto CD - £20.00 + postage etc (dependent on destination)
and don't forget to provide full details of which photo you are interested in!

Many individuals and organisations have between them, provided a vast amount of assistance and archive information for inclusion on this website. Please take time to visit the credits_page to view some of the information sources.

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