Weybourne Windmill

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Coordinates: 52°56′37.3″N 1°08′50.0″E / 52.943694°N 1.147222°E / 52.943694; 1.147222
Weybourne Windmill
Windmill
Weybourne Windmill from the lane to the sea 20th Jan 2006.JPG
Weybourne Windmill
Country England
State Norfolk
Region East of England
District North Norfolk
Municipality Weybourne
Location Village of Weybourne
 - coordinates 52°56′37.3″N 1°08′50.0″E / 52.943694°N 1.147222°E / 52.943694; 1.147222
Founded 1850
Owner Privately Owned
Visitation Not open to the Public
Weybourne Windmill within Norfolk
Map Ref: TF76033267

Weybourne Windmill is located on the eastern high ground above the village of Weybourne in the English county of Norfolk.[1] It is on the northern side of the A149 coastal road that links King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth. The Windmill is 3 miles west of Sheringham and is within the Norfolk Coast AONB. The mill is a grade II listed building.[2]

Description[edit]

The Windmill was built in 1850 and consists of five storey’s built from red brick. When it was in operation the sails, which are now fixed in an easterly direction, powered three pairs of overdriven millstones. The millstones were located on the second floor. The mill had four double shuttered sails. The cap is boat shaped and has an eight bladed fan. It once also had a stage around its girth at the second floor which has long been removed.

History[edit]

The windmill ceased production in 1916 and fell into disrepair. In 1925 some restoration work of sorts took place but as a result most of the machinery was removed except for the windshaft. By 1929 the windmill had passed into the hands of Sydney Broklesby and the mill had no sails, fantail or gallery.

1967 0nwards[edit]

In 1967 the windmill was purchased by A Mr Body and in 1968 a new cap made and installed by William Bird & Son, Contractors Ltd. of North Walsham. In 1969 the skeleton sails seen to this day were installed by Thompson & Son. There was no brakewheel and so sails were fixed accordingly to face to the East. In 1970, a grant was given by the Norfolk Windmills Trust to restore the paintwork of the windmill and in 1973 a further grant was given by the Trust for further renovation and maintenance work. In 1982 the windmill was once again up for sale and was sold for £125,000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 24”(Edition A 1997) – “Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  2. ^ Listed Buildings Online - Weybourne Mill