Record Details

NHER Number:10407
Type of record:Building
Name:Kerrison's Level Drainage Mill


An 18th century drainage mill formerly within a detached part of Acle parish and marked on all available maps. The mill that survives was comprehensively modernised (probably by W T England of Great yarmouth c.1895) but retains elements of a much earlier mill. The mill has a tarred brick tower and a boat-shaped wooden cap. Much of the mill's machinery remains intact, and some restoration work has been carried out in recent years.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4622 0853
Map Sheet:TG40NE

Full description

24 April 1979. Visit.
Tower remains with boat shaped cap. Tapers markedly.
Farm is now called Kerrison's Level.
See (S1) (called Key's Mill).
Marked on (S2), 1836.
Listed (S3) as 19th century. Cap frame with sheers, tail beam, sprattle beam, headstock and weatherbeam. Track and gear intact. Cast iron windshaft and brake arm.
Cast iron horizontal drive shaft to scoop wheel with wooden starts and floats.
Example of a cap with tail pole adapted for fan winding.
E. Rose (NAU), 11 December 1985.

Marked as Acle Mill on (S4). (S5) shows no mill here, only a house called Marsh House.
E. Rose (NLA), 7 June 2002.

(S6) Newspaper article includes a photograph of the mill in 1947.
A. Rix (HES), 30 August 2011.

(S7) 5 Photographs showing the condition of the mill in 1991.
(S8) includes description from Arthur Smith's book and details of works between 1982 - 1994.
(S9) Photograph showing the mill in 1994 with no sails or fantail.
(S10) Letter from 1994 includes some history.
A. Rix (HES), 30 August 2011.

March 1999. Building Survey.
Inspection to assess structural condition.
See report (S11) for further details.
P. Watkins (HES),

Restoration 2000.
(S12) Press cutting in file.
(S13) 10 prints plus 2 A4 pages of images showing repairs to the cap in 2000.
A. Rix (HES), 31 August 2011.

(S14) 2007 report which includes some history and technical data on the mill.
A. Rix (HES), 30 August 2011.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE MILL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • TOWER MILL (Post Medieval - 1700 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG 4608A - E.
---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 23.
<S2>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S4>Map: Bryant, A.. 1826. Bryant's Map of Norfolk.
<S5>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1982. Halvergate marshes plan will not bring back wildfowl. 11 February.
<S7>Photograph: Norfolk County Council. 1991. Kerrisons Level. print, colour.
<S8>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 1994 - 1996. 1994 to 1996 Drainage Mill Survey and record.
<S9>Photograph: Norfolk County Council. 1994. Kerrison's Level, Halvergate. print, colour.
<S10>Correspondence: R. Seago. 1994. Kerrison's Mill. 2 December.
<S11>Unpublished Contractor Report: Gentry, A. 1999. Structural Appraisal, Kerrison's Level Pump, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Alan Gentry Structural Engineers Ltd.
<S12>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. Repairs to preserve historic mill. 14 July.
<S13>Photograph: Norfolk County Council. 2000. Kerrison's Level. print, colour.
<S14>Unpublished Document: Norfolk County Council. 2007. Kerrison's Level Mill.

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