Record Details

NHER Number:5043
Type of record:Building
Name:Hilborough Mill


A large early 19th century watermill and miller's house. The original mill machinery has survived intact, including a cast iron waterwheel. The mill has recently been restored.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TL 8272 9993
Map Sheet:TL89NW

Full description

Very large building, 11 bays on southwest front though some blocked. This facade is fairly good order but rest ruinous. Yellow brick, with pilasters: slate roof, with dormers. 2 weatherboarded sack hoists. Many S clamps. Late 18th/early 19th century.
At rear (northeast) some farm buildings have been added in late 19th century, but these also derelict. Millstones are in one. Miller's house at northwest end of mill, projecting to northeast. Hydraulic ram in more recent shed to souhteast (to judge by noise). River still flows through mill.
Visited by E. Rose (NAU) 10 August 1977.

A mill marked here on (S1).

The hydraulic ram is by Blake's of Accrington.
Information from Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society.
E. Rose (NAU)

(S2) 1985 notes plaque 1819 with RC for Ralph Caldwell. Grade II* because of complete machinery, cast iron waterwheel, pit wheel, wallower, stone nuts, tentering gear, governers (ground floor); 3 sets of stones in place on first floor, casings and hoppers intact. Roof with bins, chutes and screening machines.
E. Rose (NAU) 4 April 1986.

April 2000.
Plans to restore and convert Mill house into residential accommodation.
See Planning and Design Statement (S3) for details.

September 2009.
Listed building consent sought for alterations to the first floor and a ground floor opening.
See (S4)and (S5) for details,
H. White, (NLA), 25 February 2010

The mill is noted in White's and Kelly's directories (S6 and S7) between 1845 and 1925.
NIAS records (S8)
W. Arnold HES 04/01/11

Article missing from file [J. Yates, 10/03/2011].

Monument Types

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • HYDRAULIC RAM (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATERMILL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL8299 N,P,U-X,Z,AA.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1990. Cash bid to save old mill. 2 March.
---Illustration: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991. Council pressure to preserve mill. 4 April.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989-1991. [Articles on the needed restoration work at Hilborough Mill and the potential compulsory purchase].
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1993. Holiday bid at watermill site. 5 March.
---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1991. [Photograph of Hilborough Water Mill]. 8 January.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1991. Pressure builds for repairs to watermill. 5 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. County plans to buy mill. 27 April.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1990. Compulsory purchase bid for historic water mill. 21 April.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. pp 400-401.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Council bid to repair old mill. 12 July.
---Photograph: 1990. Hilborough Mill. Print.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. A waterside retreat to take your breath away. 4 May.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
<S3>Unpublished Document: John Alderton Partnership. 2000. Hilborough Watermill. Planning and Design Statement and General Specification.
<S4>Unpublished Document: 2009. Design and access statement for Hilborough water mill.
<S5>Designation: Listed Building Consent.
<S6>Directory: White, W.. 1845. White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk.
<S7>Directory: Kelly, E.. Kelly's Directory of Norfolk..
<S8>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.

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