Horsey wind pump

Horsey Windpump is a drainage windmill in the care of the National Trust in the village of Horsey, on The Broads near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. The structure is a grade II* listed building

The windpump built in 1912 was working until it was struck by lightning in 1943. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1948 from the Buxton Family and was restored. The mill's damaged sails were removed in 1956, and replacement sails and fantail were installed in 1962. A Storm in 1987 caused further damageand repair works were required before the building could reopen to visitors in 1990.

The Windpump suffered damage in 2014 and so the sails etc were removed again. Since then the Windpump had its cap and sails repaired and reinstated with many other internal improvements during the current restoration project which started in 2016 aiming to restore the Windpump to full working order.

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The Buxton family continue to manage the Horsey estate, emphasising nature conservation. Because of this, the estate has become an internationally important wildlife site. On the estate there are waymarked circular walks, the main one being the path via Brograve Mill; the walk provides great views across Horsey Mere and access to the beach at Horsey Gap. There are many windmills in this particular area, including West Somerton Mill, Heigham Holmes Mill, Brograve Mill, and Lambrigg Mill.

Horsey Windpump is generally open daily from March to October. (Check on the Trust’s website)

 Grid reference TG457221

Coordinates 5244′28″N 138′20.50″E

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Click on the image to connect to the Horsey wind pump National Trust website

 

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Horsey drainage mill was built in the mid 1800s and rebuilt by millwrights England of Ludham in 1897 as a 4 storey, red brick tower wind pump with a Norfolk boat shaped cap, petticoat, gallery and 4 patent sails to drive a turbine. The mill stood near the road beside a dyke.

Click on the image to connect to the Horsey drainage mill page on the Norfolk Mills website where there is some really interesting information about this mill and many others nearby