The mill under conversion
|Mill name||Frettenham Mill|
|No. of sails||Four sails|
|No. of pairs of millstones||Two pairs|
|Size of millstones||One pair 4 feet 4 inches (1.32 m)|
Frettenham Mill was built c1880 for Joshua Harper. He died in 1891 and the mill was offered for sale by auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on 18 July 1891. It was bought by Alfred Herne, who worked it until c1900.
The mill had lost its sails and fantail by c1910. The mill was derelict by 1937, but at that time retained the cap frame. By 2004, the mill and associated outbuildings had been converted to residential accommodation. A new boat shaped cap was fitted to the mill tower.
Graham Cottrell and wife Suzanne Cottrell owned the mill between 2011 and 2016, during that time the fourth mill stone (2 still in place 1 incorporated into the village sign) was returned to the site and mounted as a water feature in the garden, additionally a modern single door on the first floor was replaced with a pair of doors matching the oldest photos of the mill that are available.
Frettenham Mill is a five storey tower mill which had a stage at second floor level. The cap was winded by a fantail. The mill had four sails. The tower is 47 feet (14.33 m) to the curb. Much of the machinery survives in the converted mill, including the wooden upright shaft, wooden clasp-arm great spur wheel, cast iron crown wheel with wooden teeth and two pairs of underdrift French Burr millstones. One of the millstones was incorporated into the village sign.
- Joshua Harper c1880-91
- Alfred Edward Sutton Herne 1891-c1900
Reference for above:-
- "CORNMILL, MILL LANE, FRETTENHAM, BROADLAND, NORFOLK". English Heritage. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- Apling, Harry (1984). Norfolk Corn Windmills, Volume 1. Norwich: The Norfolk Windmills Trust. pp. 226–27. ISBN 0-9509793-0-9.
- "Frettenham towermill". Norfolk Mills. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
- Windmill World webpage on Frettenham Mill.