Record Details

NHER Number:8557
Type of record:Building
Name:Gunton Sawmill, Hanworth


A unique example of a water powered sawmill. The sawmill was built in the 1820s within Gunton Park (NHER 30438) and was in use until the 1950s. The timber framed and thatched mill has recently been restored to fully working order.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 2237 3346
Map Sheet:TG23SW

Full description

Unique water driven thatched mill with corn mill added upstairs, surveyed by NIAS.
On (S1). Also steam engine base.
E. Rose (NAU)

(S2) mentions a hydraulic ram here to pump water to house.
E. Rose (NAU) 31 October 1988.

(S3) (pre 1992) as large rolled plans.
E. Rose (NAU)

NIAS records:
This sawmill is unique in Norfolk as it was powered by water. Originally it was powered by 2 waterwheels, however one was dismantled to repair the other. Likely constructed around 1823-4 it worked until the 1950s and it was slated for demolition in 1976, whereupon negotiation with the Norfolk Windmill Trust and NIAS saved the mill and eventually restored it by 1980. It is now open to the public for demonstration by NIAS members. See files for elevations, plans, working diagrams and extensive photographic record pre and post restoration.
See (S4)
W. Arnold (HES), 02 Febuary 2011

Gunton Sawmill has received funding which will go toward the refurbishment of the mill, this work will include re-thatching of the roof, repainting of the exterior and the re-rendering of the mill race.
See (S5) for further information.
M. Langham-Lopez (HES), 18 April 2013.

Monument Types

  • HYDRAULIC RAM (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SAW MILL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979-1988. [Articles on the restoration work undertaken at Gunton Sawmill].
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 23 SW 6.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 536.
---Publication: The Norfolk Windmills Trust. 1991. Gunton Park Sawmill.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990-1992. [Articles on the cutting rafters at Gunton Sawmill for the restoration project at Dairy Farm Barn].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. A cut above the rest. 20 April.
---Photograph: Gunton Sawmill Open Day. Print.
---Photograph: 1992. Photograhs of Gunton Sawmill and culvert, Gunton Park, Hanworth. Black & white, and Colour.
---Photograph: Photographs of Gunton Sawmill, before and after, Hanworth. black & white, Colour.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---*Rolled Plan: Large Plan Exists.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Article in Serial: Manning, M. & Durst, D.. 1988. Gunton Sawmill.. NIAS Journal. Vol 4, no 3, p 65. p 65.
<S3>Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S4>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2013. Lottery cash has provided a new boost for a saw point. 17 April.

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30438Part of: Gunton Park (Monument)

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