Record Details

NHER Number:5241
Type of record:Building
Name:Boardman's Drainage Mill


A timber skeleton drainage mill, built in 1897.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3694 1925
Map Sheet:TG31NE

Full description

Drainage mill on map; this is in fact a wooden trestle supporting what is left of the machinery.
Seen by E. Rose (NAU), 23 August 1975.

Revisited and grid reference corrected. E. Rose (NAU), 16 March 1979.
Preserved by Norfolk Windmill Trust.
Has round brick chamber set in ground at base.
Known as How Hill Trestle; Bolingbroke's wherrymen's name of How Hill Mill suggests an earlier mill on site. It is not clear
whether the words 'drainage pump' on Ordnance Survey at 3700 1901 refer to this or to another vanished member of the species.
E. Rose (NAU).

Yes, see site NHER 17838. The present trestle was built in 1897 by England who described it as a 'large smock tower' suggesting it may have had or was intended to have outer cladding. The previous mill on the site is described by England as having 'brick pillars' and a water wheel.
See (S1). E. Rose (NAU), 16 September 1981.

[1] thinks that some of the information in the last paragraph may be a confusion with site NHER 17838.
E. Rose.

Now fully restored and known as Boardman's Mill.1983.
E. Rose (NAU).

Listed grade II*(S2). Press cutting (S3) in file.

6 July 1994. NLA air photography.
Mill/windpump intact and visible.
M. Brennand (NLA), 13 March 2001.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE MILL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1897 AD to 2050 AD)
  • PUMP (Post Medieval to Modern - 1897 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG3619/A, B.
---Photograph: Photographic record of Boardman's Drainage Mill. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1981. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Journal. Vol III, No 1.
<S2>Scheduling Record: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S3>Newspaper Article: 1984. Eastern Daily Press. 7 April.

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