Record Details

NHER Number:11812
Type of record:Building
Name:Old Buckenham mill

Summary

This broad brick tower mill is the widest tower windmill in Britain. It was built in 1818 and had the largest boat-shaped cap of any mill. It ceased wind working in 1926. It was burnt by lightning in 1969 and was restored in the 1990s. It still contains much machinery and some of the grinding stones.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TM 0623 9099
Map Sheet:TM09SE
Parish:OLD BUCKENHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

18 November 1976. Visit.
Wind mill. Broad brick tower mill.
When (S1) visited this it had cap, sails and gearing, but today it has lost all of these, though the tower has been reroofed.
E. Rose (NAU), 18 November 1976.

It was burnt by lightning in 1969. It was built in 1818 and had the largest boat-shaped cap of any mill. It ceased wind working in 1926.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 January 1982.

Largest diameter tower mill in Britain.
Many stones and machinery remains.
Information from (S2)

Sails restored 1996.

27 July 2011. Planning Application.
Removal of the stocks & sails from the mill & replace with new sails & repair or replace the stocks.
See (S4).
Z. Dack (HES), 22 September 2011.

Monument Types

  • TOWER MILL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1818 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1976. Windmill at Old Buckenham Gets New Cap. 21 October. 2.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Facelift in store for historic windmill. 15 June.
---Graphic material: Various. Various. Architectural plans.. Large Rolled Plan.
---Unpublished document: Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Survey. Fiche.
---Website: Neville, J.. 2005. http://www.norfolkmills.co.uk/Windmills/old-buckenham-towermill.html.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. Repairs at mill. 27 April.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. One job that hasn't been all plain sailing. 8 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. Fingers crossed for mill. 10 December.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1996. At last it's all plain sailing. 11 December.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. National mill event will be no grind. 4 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. New era for an old mill. 12 May.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. On top of the world at mill. 15 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1993. Post-war days down on the farm (photograph of mill from 1946). 31 August.
---Photograph: 1957. Photograph of Old Buckenham tower mill, internal machinery, Old Buckenham. Black & white.
---Photograph: 1946. Photograph of Old Buckenham tower mill, Old Buckenham. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
---Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. [unknown]. Towering achievement. [unknown].
---Newspaper Article: [unknown]. [unknown]. Work on mill may start soon. [unknown].
<S1>Monograph: Pevsner, N & Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South (2nd Ediiton). The Buildings of England.
<S2>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2011. Sails lost to the ravages of the elements and time. 11 May.

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