Ludham
Womack Water
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River Thurne

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23rd May 1986
23rd May 1986

Ludham Womack Water tower drainage mill was a small 3 storey Norfolk red brick mill built beside a drain off the north side of the River Thurne. The tower was about 23 feet high and 15 ft. 10 ins. outside diameter at the base including its 20 inch thick walls. The tower was built with twin opposite doors and a single window.


The wooden upright shaft was 13 inches in diameter and with a cast iron wallower 17¼ inches in diameter at the top. The lowere bevel gear drove a 4 ft. 2 ins. diameter cast iron pit wheel from which a 4¼ inch square iron drive shaft drove a 5 ft. 2 ins. iron scoop wheel centre section that was bereft of paddles by 1986. Half way up the upright shaft were the neatly carved letters B. Thrower.


23rd May 1986
23rd May 1986

By 1986, when Arthur Smith visited the site, the tower had acquired a slight lean and the door apertures had been greatly enlarged. A floor beam and some machinery still remained with relatively little having changed by 2005.


22nd September 2005 Mill interior 22nd September 2005
22nd September 2005
Mill interior 22nd September 2005

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

23rd May 1986: Mill tower open to the elements with centre post and wallower remaining

22nd September 2005: Mill tower open to the elements with centre post and wallower remaining


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