Record Details

NHER Number:8409
Type of record:Building
Name:West Somerton Marsh Drainage Mill


A drainage mill built in 1900 stands at this location. It has a brick tower and a weatherboarded cap, but no sails.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4642 2023
Map Sheet:TG42SE

Full description

September 1977. Visit.
Drainage mill. Brick tower over sluice. Sails gone but weatherboarded cap with apron remains, adapted to form a lookout or bird observatory.
E. Rose (NAU), 22 September 1977.

Marked on 1836 1 inch Ordnance survey map (S1) (or perhaps NHER 8410).
E. Rose (NAU).

(S2) states that there are two sluice openings in tower, now blocked and that a cast iron crown spur wheel drives a turbine. The present mill was built by Dan England in 1900.
E. Rose (NAU), 16 August 1994.

Restoration details (1997) in file (S3).

19 July 2004. NLA air photography.
Site of drainage mill photographed from the air (S4)-(S6).
S. Tremlett (NLA), 17 November 2005.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE MILL (19th Century to 21st Century - 1900 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 719.
---Photograph: 1990. Somerton Mill.
---Monograph: Smith, A.C.. 1974. Drainage Windmills of the Norfolk Marshes.. 2.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1228023.
<S3>Drawing: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S4>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. NHER TG 4620C-E (NLA 343/HVZ8-10) 19-JUL-1994.
<S5>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. NHER TG 4620F (NLA 343/SLIDE) 19-JUL-1994.
<S6>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. NHER TG 4620H-J (NLA 343/SLIDE) 19-JUL-1994.

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