Record Details

NHER Number:15093
Type of record:Building
Name:Fritton Marsh Drainage Mill


A mid 19th century drainage mill with a tarred brick tower. The sails have long gone, and the tower is derelict, though it retains some internal machinery, as well as some external gearing for a traction engine.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TM 4502 9978
Map Sheet:TM49NE

Full description

26 July 1979. Visit.
Brick tower mill, with brakewheel shaft and some timbers of cap remaining. Derelict.
In 1975 (S1) noted the brakewheel still remaining and a 2.1m (7 foot 2 inch) internal pit wheel.

Marked on (S2).
See sketch in (S3).

July 1988. Listed, Grade II.
Listing Description:
Drainage windpump. Mid 19th century. 3 storey tapering tarred brick tower. Doors to south and north, the former originally with a segmental arch, the latter now in a mutilated opening. Openings above doors originally held windows. Weatherboarded cap survives but not in situ. Cast iron windshaft, brakewheel, wallower and clasp arm pitwheel. Timber upright shaft. Pitwheel drove external scoopwheel (now missing). External engine shed with 20th century traction engine gearing and belt pulley.
Information from (S4).

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TM 4599AD-AG.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 49 NE 14.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Dolman, P.C.J.. 1978. Windmills in Suffolk: a contemporary survey.. pp 39, 40, 52.
---Photograph: 1992. Photograph of Fritton Marsh drainage mill.. Colour.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Radcliffe, E. 1974. Suffolk. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 225.
<S1>Monograph: Smith, A.C.. 1977. Drainage Windmills of the Norfolk Marshes.. No 20.
<S2>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S3>Publication: Maxwell, D.. 1925. Unknown Norfolk. p.4. p 4.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1172278.

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