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 Horsey Mill


This is a tower drainage mill, first built somewhere around the middle of the 19th Century. It was rebuilt in 1897, and again in 1912. The last rebuilding was by Dan ENGLAND of Ludham, on the foundations of the earlier mill. Dowager Viscountess Masserene and Ferrard was the Lady of the Manor and landowner of the Horsey Estate, and her Arms appear on the side of the mill.

It represents the final stage of windpump (and to a lesser extent windmill) technology. Built of local red bricks made at Martham, and standing on the old brick course of the foundations of the old Horsey Black Mill ( over 200 years old) - (so-called because it's ancient fabric was tarred to keep out the weather) 

The Mill was working up until 1943, when it was struck by lightning. The sails were taken down as they were considered to be dangerous. The mill was restored in 1961.


The four-storey brick tower tapers as it rises to a weatherboarded boat-shaped cap. There are a pair of double access doors to the north side and a casement under a segmental arch to the second floor. The remainder of the windows are square-headed casements and are situated to different cardinal points to each floor. The cap has it's fan cradle, fantail with eight vanes, petticoat and four stocks and sails. There are no shutters. Abutting to the west is a low outbuilding housing an engine which replaced the former external scoop wheel.

The ground floor has a square timber upright shaft and a cast-iron spur wheel, with wooden teeth driving an iron bevel gear on the drive shaft. A new ladder staircase rises to the first floor. The first floor has a timber office with a window. Ceiling timbers here are partly renewed. The second floor just has the continuing upright shaft. the top floor has the brakewheel and wallower, both of which are cast iron. the wooden teeth go with the brakewheel. the curb track is intact.


Horsey Photohistory

A Genealogical CD, in PDF format so can be read by any computer, containing almost 200 high quality photographs, all from private sources, depicting the life and times of this idyllic Norfolk Broadland village.

Never-before-seen photographs of the Horsey Flood of 1938, together with people and events in village life, covering the past 120 years.

Cost of CD, including postage and packing to any destination is