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Horsey Drainage Windmill Regeneration 2014-18

Bringing this impressive Broadland windpump back to life again

Built on the foundations of an earlier drainage windmill in 1912, Horsey Windpump was designed to pump water out of the surrounding marshes so they could be used for grazing. 

The mill worked by wind power until 1943 when a lightning strike put its sails out of use. Since 1956 it has been a much-admired but static landmark in the care of the National Trust.

In 2014, Bonwick HC and Whitworth LLP drew up plans for a comprehensive regeneration scheme to return the cap and sails of the windmill to full working order. Suffolk millwright Tim Whiting and his team commenced repairs in 2016 and are currently completing the final stages of this ambitious conservation project.

Visitors to the windmill in 2019 will be greeted by turning sails and can climb the unique travelling ladder at the top of the mill to obtain stunning views over the surrounding landscape.

Rebuilt in 1912, Horsey Mill incorporates several older timbers that are presumably the bones of its predecessors.