Record Details

NHER Number:10883
Type of record:Building
Name:Garboldisham Post Mill


This mid 18th century post mill fell out of use in 1917 but was restored during the late 1970s. The upper section is weatherboarded with a keeled roof and sits upon a brick roundhouse with a tarred roof. In 1998 the building had no sails.


  • Garboldisham Mill, a mid 18th century post mill. There is a large fantail to the rear of the building.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service


Grid Reference:TM 0027 8047
Map Sheet:TM08SW

Full description

Built mid 18th century, last used 1917. Last post mill in Norfolk. Now preserved.
1st edition 1 inch Ordnance Survey map (1836) (S1) shows two windmills here; the mill to south on Faden's map (S2) appears to be a separate and third mill (NHER 15308) that had gone by 1836 (S1).
The second mill at this site on Ordnance Survey map (S1) is in fact recorded as site NHER 17908.
Newspaper cutting (S3) and photograph (S4) in file.

July 1958. Listed, Grade II*.
Listing Description:
Post Mill. c.1780. Brick and timber. Circular brick roundhouse with conical timber roof to buck. Doors to east and west. The buck is weatherboarded with gabled roof covered with felt, as is the roundhouse. Scissor braced ladder staircase leads to first floor door of 3 storeyed superstructure. 3 blind windows to each lateral face. Interior of roundhouse of usual disposition : 4 brick piers support cross trees and 4 quarter bars brace main post descending through roof. Main post rises into buck stopped at crown- tree. Upper storey retains wind shaft, wallower and drive shaft which drops to great spur wheel engaged into stone nuts of 2 underdriven pairs of stones. sails and tiller beam missing.
Information from (S6).
H. Mellor (HES), 26 June 2017.

Well restored weatherboarded buck with keeled roof.
Brick roundhouse with tarred roof.
No sails (as yet). Interior complete.
E. Rose (NAU), 21 October 1980.

No sails. See (S5).
D. Robertson (NLA), 19 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • WINDMILL (Post Medieval to Modern - 1750 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TM 08 SW M [2].
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Website: Neville, J.. 2006. Garboldisham postmill. 8 January 2007.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N and Wilson, W. 1999. Norfolk 2: North-West and South. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 350.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Map: Ordnance Survey. 1824-1836. Ordnance Survey First Edition 1 inch..
<S2>Publication: Faden, W. and Barringer, J. C. 1989. Faden's Map of Norfolk in 1797.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1975. 200-year-old mill grinds again. June.
<S4>Photograph: BPS 17.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Rescued from ruin, historic mill for sale. 2 October.
<S6>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1168497.

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