Swim Coots Mill, Catfield

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Catfield Windmill
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Mill name Swim Coots Mill
Mill location TG 4113 2122
Coordinates 52°44′05″N 1°34′13″E / 52.73472°N 1.57028°E / 52.73472; 1.57028Coordinates: 52°44′05″N 1°34′13″E / 52.73472°N 1.57028°E / 52.73472; 1.57028
Operator(s) Private
Year built Early 18th century
Purpose Drainage mill and grist mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Two storeys
No. of sails Four sails
Type of sails Double Patent sails
Winding Fantail
Fantail blades Six blades
No. of pairs of millstones One pair
Type of pump Scoopwheel
Scoopwheel diameter 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m)

Swim Coots Mill is a tower mill at Catfield, Norfolk, England which has been conserved with some machinery remaining.


Swim Coots Mill was built in the early nineteenth century. It was marked on the 1838 Ordnance Survey map. The mill was working until at least the 1930s[1] but was derelict by 1978.[2] The mill has since been conserved, with the tower roofed over.[1]


Swim Coots mill is a two storey tower mill which formerly had a boat shaped cap winded by a fantail. It had four double Patent sails. The tower is 15 feet (4.57 m) diameter at the base and 19 feet (5.79 m) high to curb level. It drove a 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) diameter scoopwheel housed internally. The mill also drove a single pair of millstones.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Catfield Swim Coots drainage mill". Norfolk Mills. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Apling, Harry (1984). Norfolk Corn Windmills, Volume 1. Norwich: The Norfolk Windmills Trust. pp. 220–211. ISBN 0-9509793-0-9. 

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