Heacham Mill
River Heacham


Heacham watermill or Caley Mill as it is also known, looks very different to most other mills in Norfolk, being Gothic revival in architectural style and built of local carr-stone.

It was also unique in Norfolk for having its waterwheel uncovered on the outside of the building.


To my son Edmund Cremer all messuages, etc in Heacham on the west side of the way from Snettisham calkepit to the watermill of the said Edmund in Heacham and to his heirs.....
Extract from the Will of John Cremer alias Skyme of Snettisham., yeoman - 24th May 1600

To Let at Michaelmas next for a term of years
A superior Water Corn Mill at Heacham ...
Also at Great Ringstead, Norfolk
A capital TOWER WINDMILL with six patent sails, Flour Cloth Machine, Jumper etc. driving three pair of French stones, with Cottage, Gardens, Granary, Stable etc. and about an acre and a quarter of arable land.
Apply to Mr. William Norgate, Heacham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd & 29th July 1854


The map above appears to indicate that a second holding area for water lay above the main mill dam and was probably controlled via a sluice. The mill bypass also ran from the upper dam and probably took the original river course before the mill was constructed to the south. The location map link at the bottom of this page leads to a page containing a larger section of the old map, which shows that unusually, the mill house stood same way to the west of the mill.


June 1968 c.1980
June 1968

In 1968 the mill race remained but it had long since ceased working.

The building has been owned and used by Norfolk Lavender for lavender production since 1932.
Contact details: see Links page

Mill dam February 1983
Mill dam February 1983

Tailrace April 1971
Tailrace April 1971

The Bankruptcy Act 1861
Notice is hereby given that by an Indenture dated 20th June 1866 John Jarrett of Ringstead in the county of Norfolk, Baker, assigned all his Estate & effects to Alfred Lewis of Heacham in the said County, Miller & William Love Porritt of Burnham Westgate in the said County, Miller … for the benefit of the Creditors of the said John Jarrett … in like manner as if he had been adjudged Bankrupt.
Alfred Spanton,
Solicitor, Hunstanton.

Lynn Advertiser - 21st July 1866

Stool made by mill owner c.1929
Stool made by mill owner c.1929

I was delighted to be able to find the Mill on Google Earth today, and also on your website. I have a small, home-made wooden stool in my room here in Bitton, Bristol, which was given to me by the owners of the Mill in roughly 1928-31. I was a small toddler and my parents and I were staying at the Mill on holiday. I'm told that I spotted this stool and carried it round the house at all times and sitting on it whenever possible! The stool, we were told, was made by the Mill owner when he was a boy at school carpentry lessons.
I cannot remember the name of the owners but I do know they had close Free Church affilliation, or possibly with the Plymouth Brethren.

Paul Wigmore - 20th January 2008

27th January 2007 16th March 2009
27th January 2007
16th March 2009

O. S. Map 1904

O. S. Map 1904
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

1600: Edmund Cremer

Faden's map 1797: Mill

Pigot's 1830: Robert Ellis, miller, Heacham

White's 1836: Robert Ellis, corn miller

c.1837: Mill rebuilt by William Thorold, millwright for H. Styleman creating a new embanked pool and leat

White's 1845: William Norgate, miller

White's 1854: Wiliam Norgate, corn miller

July 1854: Mill advertised to be let

White's 1864: Alfred Lewis, corn miller

Kelly's 1879: Alfred Lewis, miller & farmer, Caley mills

White's 1883: Alfred Lewis, farmer & corn miller; Mrs. Mary Lewis, Mill House

O. S. map 1890-91: Corn MIll

Kelly's 1896: Alfred Lewis

Kelly's 1900: Alfred Lewis

1919: Milling operations ceased

Kelly's 1922: Alfred Lewis jnr?

1936: Mill bought by Norfolk Lavender

1978: The old miller's cottage became a tearoom

2003: Norfolk Lavender headquarters and visitor centre

If you have any memories, anecdotes or photos please let us know and we may be able to use them to update the site. By all means telephone 07836 675369 or

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