Record Details

NHER Number:7414
Type of record:Building
Name:Aylsham Watermill


This two-storey brick-built watermill was built around 1770 and a third storey and extension to the north was added in 1798. This building may be on the same site as an earlier Saxon mill. Later wing to east. The interior machinery and waterwheel remained intact when the mill was visited in 2000. At the north gable is a rare survival of a World War Two sandbagged strong point which stands over 2.5m high providing a clear view of the main road bridge.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 1979 2744
Map Sheet:TG12NE

Full description

October 1969. Listed Grade II.
Listing Description excerpt:
Late 18th/early 19th century. Red brick, pantile roof. Three storeys and attics. L-shaped plan. Casements and fixed lights with segmental heads with keystones on ground and first floor. Plain brick pilasters. Brick dentil eaves. Two entrance doors in semi-circular headed openings. Some blocked openings. Gabled and weatherboarded locums on west and south sides with curved braces on corbels. Semi-circular headed attic window with leaded lights in south gable. Parapetted gables with tumbling. Eastern range altered and converted for new uses."
Information from (S1).
Please consult the National Heritage List for England (S1) for the current listing details.
H. White, (NLA), 23 September 2009. Amended by P. Watkins (HES), 3 February 2022.

Suggested Saxon site. Present mill dated 1798, but southern eight bays are in fact an older two storeyed building, probably around 1770, which was extended to the north and given an overall top storey and roof in 1798. Later wing to east. Machinery and waterwheel remain intact. At north gable is a rare survival of a World War Two strong point.
See (S1), (S2), (S3) and illustrations in file.
E. Rose (NLA), 22 May 2000.

July 2008.
Plans exist for several new flats, adding to exisiting flats at the rear of the mill. The mill is on the Norfolk County Council's buildings at risk register.
See (S4) for further details
H. White, (NLA), 23 September 2009

Monument Types

  • WATERMILL (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • WATERMILL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. Bobbing builders on the Bure. 19 August.
---Aerial Photograph: TG1927 K-M.
---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 369.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1980. The mill on the water. 18 October.
---Publication: Norfolk Heritage. 1977. Water Transport in Norfolk. Aylsham Mill.
---Article in Serial: 1944. Photograph Millgate Mill.. Country Life. 23 June, p1.
---Photograph: Photographs of Aylsham Watermill, Aylsham. Black & white.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2002-2003. [Article and sale advertisements for Aylsham Watermill].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. [Article on the holiday homes at Aylsham Watermill]. 16 May.
<S1>Designation: Historic England. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1051592.
<S2>Unpublished Document: Rose, E. 2000. Building Survey.
<S3>Recording Form: [various]. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey Recording Form. Norfolk Defensive Structures Survey.
<S4>Drawing: Various. Various. Architectural plans.
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2008. Nothing run of the mill about this gem. 9 July.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. Recession delays mill plans. 19 October.

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