Record Details

NHER Number:10360
Type of record:Building
Name:Limpenhoe Drainage Mill


A post medieval drainage windmill with much of its machinery, survives at this location.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 3944 0188
Map Sheet:TG30SE

Full description

Drainage mill.
E. Rose (NAU).

Listed as 'Langley No.3' though called by (S1) 'Limpenhoe Marsh'.

Mid 19th century. Derelict. Brick tower, remains of weatherboarded cap. Tapering tower of four storeys. Doors to north and south ground floor. Window on first floor, two on cap floor with rounded arches. Cap frame with sheers, tail beam, sprattle beam, headstock and weatherbeam. Complete set of truck wheels and centering wheels, worm and worm hangars. Cast iron windshaft, brake collar, wooden upright shaft with cast iron wallower, crown wheels and pit wheel. Horizontal drive shaft to exterior scoop wheel. Casting by W. England dated 1895.
Information from (S1).
E. Rose (NAU), 11 December 1985.

According to (S2) this is the only surviving drainage mill built by William Thorold, in 1831.
E. Rose (NLA), 11 May 1992.

In 1992 there was a plan to take the mill on as a potential private restoration project. At this time all machinery was accounted for and intact and the only work required was the replacement of the cap and sails.
NIAS records (S3)
W. Arnold HES 12 January 2011.

Monument Types

  • DRAINAGE MILL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1831 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1994. TG 3901A - D.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Monograph: Smith, A.. 1990. Drainage Windmills of the Norfolk Marshes..
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1992. Weather danger for mills. 11 May.
<S3>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.

Related records

MNO5247Related to: Langley No. 3 Drainage Mill Limpenhoe Marshes CANTLEY (Revoked)

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