Halvergate
Tunstall Dyke
tower drainage mill

River Bure



17th September 1973
17th September 1973

Tunstall tower drainage pump in the parish of Halvergate was built on the north side of Tunstall Dyke, slightly to the west and on the opposite bank to Tunstall_Dyke_smock_drainage_pump. The red brick tower was originally tarred.

5th July 1988
5th July 1988

Mid 19th century windpump, derelict. Tapering circular tarred brick tower, four storeys. Windows with segmental arches to ground, first and second floor. Curb, track and rack. Cast iron pit wheel and horizontal drive shaft inside, linked to scoopwheel with wooden starts and floats.
E. Rose - 11th December 1985

Arthur C. Smith recorded many drainage pumps and he visited both Tunstall properties on 5th July 1988.
He noted that the small to medium sized mill was lying derelict. The tower had 4 window apertures and opposite door apertures 70 inches high to the wooded lintel. The tower base had a diameter of 16 feet including the 23 inch walls. The 7 foot pit wheel had a 5 inch shaft powering the 13 foot 4 inch external scoop wheel over an outer hoop with an 8 foot iron centre piece. Most of the wooden paddles were still in situ.
At that time the track to the mill had all but disappeared, the mill cottage was derelict and the whole site was overgrown with willows, elder and other vegetation.

O.S. Map 1884
O.S. Map 1884
Tunstall Dyke tower drainage mill is top centre to the left of the word Tunstall
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 1905
O.S. Map 1905
Tunstall Dyke tower drainage mill on north side of the dyke marked in blue
Tunstall Dyke smock drainage mill on south side of the dyke marked in red
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. map 1905: Draining Pump

1973: Derelict tarred red brick tower

1988: Mill lying derelict with some machinery still in situ

1994: Mill restored

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