Swim Coots
drainage mill
Hickling Broad


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Catfield Swim Coots drainage mill was built as a drainage mill but it also had a single small pair of stones that had been incorporated within the structure to grind animal feed. The mill stood by a dyke on the shore of Hickling Broad at the end of a long track, through marshy reed beds. The mill had a Norfolk boat shaped cap, patent sails and a rare 7 bladed fantail.


The Gibbs family once ran the mill and also ran Hickling Eastfield and Hickling Stubb mills.

... the little Swim Coots Mill, Hickling which originally had one pair of small stones, long since vanished ...
Rex Wailes, Norfolk Windmills, Part II. Drainage Mills



In 1978 Arthur Smith reported that only the 2 storey derelict red brick tower remained and it had been cemented at the top. The tower was about 19 feet high had a 15ft base diameter that allowed for a pronounced batter. The cast iron 5ft 2ins scoopwheel remained inside the mill with no remaining paddles and water was running through the mill.

7th October 2007
7th October 2007

O.S. map 1838: Mill

c.1930: Mill still complete with cap, sails and fantail

O.S. map 1974: Mill

1978: Derelict tower only

2007: Mill tower capped and watertight

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