Halvergate
Howard's
drainage mill
Fleet Dyke

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8th August 1976
8th August 1976

Halvergate Marshes had several drainage mills working in the 1800s. Howard's Mill was also known as South Walsham Mill. The mill had Norfolk boat shaped cap with a petticoat that held a gallery and an 8 bladed fantail. The 3 storey tarred red brick tower was 32 ft high to the curb.

8th August 1976
8th August 1976

The scoop wheel with paddles was 14ft 6ins in diameter with iron outer hoops and a 7ft diameter centre casting inscribed Smithdale & Sons, Millwrights, Acle.

5th July 1988
5th July 1988

In July 1988, Arthur Smith reported that the mill was in the process of being renovated and some machinery remained inside, with a temporary boarded and ridged roof keeping the weather out. In 1989 a new cap frame and Norfolk boat shaped cap was been fitted with a gallery, petticoat and fantail, along with a 'Y' wheel, windshaft with brakewheel and canister.

November 2004
November 2004

July 1988: Mill under renovation

October 1989: New cap, windshaft, brakewheel and fantail fitted

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