Windmills

The Norfolk Windmills Trust cares for 21 buildings across Norfolk.  Thirteen are owned or leased by Norfolk County Council.

All of the Trust's mills are visible from the road and footpaths.  Most are open to the public on a regular basis or by appointment, and mills can also be opened for larger groups by prior appointment.

Special open days sometimes take place at some of the mills, and these may be advertised locally.  Volunteers are always welcome to help out at these events.

There is a small admission charge at some of the larger mills.  All donations or admission charges go towards the further restoration of mills in the Trust's care.

Grid reference: TG 507 095

View location of Ashtree Farm drainage mill on Google Maps

Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TM 167 786
Postcode: IP21 4HL

View location of Billingford cornmill on Google Maps

National Mills Weekend

The mill is open on Saturday 7 May, 12 noon - 4pm as part of National Mills weekend. There will be guided tours and the sails turning, weather permitting.

Enquiries – via the Trust on 01362 869394 or email: norfolkmills@norfolk.gov.uk

Grid reference: TG 370 192
Postcode:NR29 5PG

Location of Boardman's drainage mill on Google Maps

This open-framed timber trestle drainage mill with miniature cap, sails, fantail and turbine is situated on the east bank of the River Ant at How Hill and is visible at all times from the river and public footpath.

Grid reference: TG 445 035

Location of Cadge's mill on Google Maps

Access by boat or the Wherryman's Way riverside walk, there is no access for vehicles.

Grid reference: TG 369 193
Postcode: NR29 5PG

Location of Clayrack drainage mill on Google Maps

Situated 200 metres north of Boardman’s Mill and visible from the river and public footpath.

The sails of this hollow post drainage mill have been removed pending full restoration.

Grid reference: TG 223 335

Location of Gunton Park sawmill on Google Maps

Extremely rare water-powered sawmill.

For more information, visit the Gunton Park Sawmill website.

Grid reference: TG 387 024

Location of Hardley mill on Google Maps

For more information visit the Hardley Mill website.

Grid reference: TG 430 190

Location of High's mill on Google Maps

Not currently open to the public but can be viewed from the Weaver’s Way footpath.

Grid reference: TG 348 163

Location of Hobbs drainage mill on Google Maps

Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TG 365 176

Location Neave's drainage mill on Google Maps

Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TM 062 909
Postcode: NR17 1SG

Location of Old Buckenham cornmill on Google Maps

This cornmill has the largest diameter tower in England.

Under restoration, currently closed to the public.

Grid reference: TG 444 034

Location of Polkey's mill and Reedham Marsh steam engine house on Google Maps

No public access to the site for vehicles. Access is via the Wherryman’s Way footpath from Reedham (an hour’s walk). To access the footpath from Reedham turn off Mill Hill by the Primary School onto Holly Farm Road and follow the Wherryman’s Way signs. There are boat moorings near the site.

Grid reference: TG 470 100

Location of Runham Swim on Google Maps

Not currently open to the public.

Located near to Polkey’s Mill.

Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TM 457 997

Location of St Olave's drainage mill on Google Maps

St Olaves Drainage Mill is situated on the east bank of the River Waveney, just below St Olaves' bridge on the A143.

This tiny, timber boarded trestle drainage mill with a scoopwheel is visible from road and river and can be approached by footpath from the bridge.

Major works are complete following storm damage but access is still restricted due to brickwork repairs required to the outfall waterlane.

Grid reference: TG 442 090

Location of Stracey Arms drainage mill on Google Maps

The mill is undergoing restoration and is currently closed to the public, although the rest of the site including the shop and café remain open.

Situated beside the A47. Free Moorings. Tearoom and shop on site.

National Mills Weekend

The mill will be open on Sunday 8 May 2022, 14:00 - 17:00 as part of National Mills weekend, for visits and tours.

Save the date: The Wherry Maud will be visiting the site on 13 and 14 August 2022. Further details about the event to follow.

Enquiries – via the Trust on 01362 869394 or email: norfolkmills@norfolk.gov.uk

Grid reference: TG 369 188

Location Turf Fen drainage mill on Google Maps

Not currently open to the public.

Grid reference: TG 076 026

Postcode: NR18 9QA

Location of Wicklewood cornmill and mill house on Google Maps

Mill open days for 2022:

  • 15 May
  • 12 June
  • 10 July
  • 14 August
  • 11 September

All open days are from 2-5pm.

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