Record Details

NHER Number:6882
Type of record:Building
Name:Stow Hill Windmill


A famous landmark of the north Norfolk landscape, this tarred brick tower mill was built by 1827 and continued to work until 1930. It was striped of its machinery and converted to a house in 1930, then damaged by lightning in 1955. After many years of work it has now been restored, and with its timber cap, sails and fantail is an impressive monument.

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Grid Reference:TG 3162 3579
Map Sheet:TG33NW

Full description

October 1978. Visit.
Windmill. Four storey brick tower mill, retaining cap, two sails and fantail, but machinery gone except for brake wheel and windshaft. Sails were Cubitt's Patent. Built 1827, windows blocked up between 1880 and 1920; converted to house 1930; damaged by lightning 1955; part restored 1961; two sails blown off 1928 (and lying in yard at time of visit). Under restoration by Windmills Trust. Millstone used as step for adjacent cottage, and part of old stock used as garden seat.
E. Rose (NAU), 18 October 1978.

Listing grade II 1986 (S1) notes machinery installed in 1983 from Houghton Conquest Mill, Bedfordshire.
E. Rose (NAU), 13 August 1986.

(S2) Shows the mill in c.1946 complete with cap and sails.
A. Rix (HES), 29 September 2011.

Newspaper cuttings (S3) in file.

Seven photographs of the mill showing the second stock being hoisted back on the mill. The photographs are undated but the second stock was hoisted back on the mill in 1981. See (S4).
A. Rix (HES), 25 January 2012.

Newspaper cuttings (S5) and (S6) in file.

Some history of the Mill.
See (S7) and (S8) for further details.
A. Rix (HES), 7 December 2011.

Newspaper cuttings (S9), (S10), (S11) in file.

Up for sale as a home in 1995.
NIAS records (S12)
W. Arnold (HES), 10 January 2011.

Some history of the mill. See (S13) for details.
A. Rix (HES), 25 January 2012.

Monument Types

  • CORN MILL (19th Century to Early 20th Century - 1827 AD to 1930 AD)
  • TOWER MILL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1827 AD to 2100 AD)
  • WINDMILL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1827 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---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 619.
---Monograph: Apling, H.. 1984. Norfolk Corn Windmills. Vol I.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. 1962. North-East Norfolk and Norwich. The Buildings of England. 1st Edition. p 199; Pl 4b.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1049955.
<S2>Photograph: Hallam Ashley. c.1946. Paston, Norfolk. Print, b&w.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1978. [Articles on the restoration of the sails at Stow Hill Windmill]. 12 September.
<S4>Photograph: 1981?. Stow Mill Paston. Black and white.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981-1997. [Photographs of Stow Hill Windmill].
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1982. [Article on fund raising for the restoration at Stow Hill Windmill]. 5 August.
<S7>Monograph: Smith, A.. 1982. Corn windmills in Norfolk: a contemporary survey.. p 43.
<S8>Monograph: Apling, H.. 1984. Norfolk Corn Windmills. Vol I. pp 56-59.
<S9>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986. [Local Landmarks for Stow Hill Windmill]. 18 March.
<S10>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989-1991. [Articles on the restoration of Stow Hill Windmill].
<S11>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1995. [Article and sale advertisement for Stow Hill Windmill].
<S12>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.
<S13>Website: Neville, J.. 2004. Paston Stow Hill towermill. 1 August 2012.

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