Record Details

NHER Number:10403
Type of record:Building
Name:High's Drainage Mill, Halvergate Marshes


An early 19th century drainage mill with a tarred brick tower. Most of the machinery survives, including a wooden drive shaft to the scoop, one of only two examples in the county. In 1995, the mill was jacked upright and stabilised.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4573 0716
Map Sheet:TG40NE

Full description

Gilbert's, Lubbock's or High's Mill.
3 May 1979. Visit.
Brick tower, cracked, but much machinery remaining.
Drive shaft to scoop wheel is unusually of wood; scoop wheel has wooden paddles. Cap and fantail gone; brake wheel survives; large beams project from lateral sides of cap frame, of unknown function; if they were to support sides, cap was of unusual width.
Inside, on ground floor, a fireplace.
See (S1).
This is in fact one of only two mills in the county to have a wooden commonpole, the other being NHER 10495 (this refers to the drive to the scoop wheel). Informant, Norfolk County Council.
(S2) shows a drainage mill on this site.
(S3) says cap frame is 18th century reused (from (S2)'s mill?). Early clasp arm wooden trundle wheel with dog teeth, sixteen sided upright shaft; cast iron crown wheel and pit wheel with wooden teeth.
E. Rose (NAU), 11 December 1985.

Building jacked up back to level in December 1995. Stated to be the last remaining mill on the Broads with a tail pole.
See (S4) in file.
E.Rose (NAU), 15 December 1995.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE MILL (18th Century to 21st Century - 1770 AD? to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG 4507A - G.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Smith, A.. 1978. Drainage Windmills of the Norfolk Marshes.. No 26.
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S3>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England.
<S4>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. Straight up, this work of art is historic. 15 December.

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