Horning Ferry
drainage mill
River Bure


Horning Ferry mill was a smock drainage pump built by England's of Ludham c.1880. The original tower was made of tarred weatherboard with a white cap and sails. It stands on the bank of the River Bure and has become a well known landmark.

After the pump ceased working, it was converted into a house that doesn't bear any real resemblance to the original structure. The upper section is flared and almost Dutch-like and sits on a boarded single storey base. The boat shaped cap hold 4 dummy sails and a fantail.

17th May 1977
17th May 1977

O. S. Map 1905
O. S. Map 1905
Windpump upper centre
Courtesy of NLS map images

c.1880: Smock windpump erected

O.S. map 1905: Windpump

1935: Windpump converted into a dwelling by H. P. E. Neave

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