Marshes drainage mill
River Bure



Hoveton drainage mill was quite a small 3 storey mill that was built on the marsh beside the River Bure. The red brick tower had a Norfolk boat shaped cap that had held a gallery and a ten bladed fantail. Power was supplied by four double shuttered patent sails.

The mill was sometimes known as Dydall's Mill or Miller's Mill. It was said that the mill was haunted by a mill man's daughter who had been killed by the mill's sails.

The tower was converted to living accommodation in 1934, when a glazed lookout style feature with a balcony and an octagonal pyramid roof was added to the top. Since the mill ceasing working, trees have grown all around the tower.

25th May 1978

25th May 1978

O. S. Map 1880
O. S. Map 1880
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. map 1880: Draining Pump

1912-14: Mill burnt out

1934: Mill tower converted into accommodation

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