Record Details

NHER Number:10181
Type of record:Building
Name:Hempnall Windmill


A tarred brick tower mill, built in 1814. Only the tower shell remains, and this was derelict until the 1970s when it was renovated to become part of a day care centre.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 2374 9423
Map Sheet:TM29SW

Full description

21 March 1979. Visit.
Wind mill.
Brick tower, blackwashed, of tower mill, splayed at base. Now attached to old people's home.
E. Rose (NAU), 21 March 1979.

Marked on (S1), then a post mill. Present tower built in 1814 beside it. Last used by wind 1929. information from [1].
E. Rose (NAU), 4 February 1982.

The post mill was burnt down by friction of the gudgeon (yet again) and totally destroyed (see (S2)) quoted in [2]'s dissertation.
E. Rose (NAU), 29 November 1985.

However [1] replies that an advertisement dated 1819 refers to both mills standing side by side. Perhaps the account of the fire was exaggerated.
See newspaper articles (S3), (S4) and (S5) in file.

Copy photograph of functioning mill (S6) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 6 December 1985.

Copyhold: Gallows Hill.
Information from [2]. See unpublished document (S7).
A. Cattermole (NLA), 24 May 2005. Amended by A. Beckham (HES), 22 April 2021.

Monument Types

  • WINDMILL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1814 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 29 SW 10.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S2>Newspaper Article: 181. Norfolk Chronicle. 30 April.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1977. Who wants to rebuild a mill?. 13 October.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1978. Looking up in the mill. 25 February.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1978. Big day for Hempnall elderly. 12 December.
<S6>Photograph: Windmill when fully functional..
<S7>Unpublished Document: Cubitt, M. 2002. Printed spreadsheet and documentation detailing fieldwalking by M. Cubitt between 1979 and 2002. Fieldwalking documentation.

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