Record Details

NHER Number:5241
Type of record:Building
Name:Boardman's Drainage Mill


A timber skeleton drainage mill, built in 1897.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3694 1924
Map Sheet:TG31NE

Full description

Drainage mill on map; this is in fact a wooden trestle supporting what is left of the machinery.
Seen by E. Rose (NAU), 23 August 1975.

Revisited and grid reference corrected. E. Rose (NAU), 16 March 1979.
Preserved by Norfolk Windmill Trust.
Has round brick chamber set in ground at base.
Known as How Hill Trestle; Bolingbroke's wherrymen's name of How Hill Mill suggests an earlier mill on site. It is not clear
whether the words 'drainage pump' on Ordnance Survey at 3700 1901 refer to this or to another vanished member of the species.
E. Rose (NAU).

Yes, see site NHER 17838. The present trestle was built in 1897 by England who described it as a 'large smock tower' suggesting it may have had or was intended to have outer cladding. The previous mill on the site is described by England as having 'brick pillars' and a water wheel.
See (S1). E. Rose (NAU), 16 September 1981.

[1] thinks that some of the information in the last paragraph may be a confusion with site NHER 17838.
E. Rose.

Now fully restored and known as Boardman's Mill.1983.
E. Rose (NAU).

May 1987. Listed, Grade II*
Trestle draining pump. Late C19. 4 timber cants stand on brick piers, cross braced. Weatherboarded cap, stocks and 4 sails. Fantail cage and blades. Curb track, worm gear and drive. Brakewheel and wallower. Iron upright drive shaft leads down to crown wheel driven through universal joint in turn engaging bevel wheel dropping to turbine pump. Pump set in brick well. Sluices and culvert
Information from (S2).

Press cutting (S3) in file.

6 July 1994. NLA air photography.
Mill/windpump intact and visible.
M. Brennand (NLA), 13 March 2001.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE MILL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1897 AD to 2100 AD)
  • PUMP (19th Century to 21st Century - 1897 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG3619/A, B.
---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 604.
---Photograph: Photographic record of Boardman's Drainage Mill. Print.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Article in Serial: 1981. [unknown]. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Journal. Vol III, No 1.
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1373439.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1984. [Photograph of Boardman's Drainage Mill]. 7 April.

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