Sennowe Sawmill
River Wensum


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills


Little is so far known about Sennowe sawmill. It was probably built in the early 1900s and used a large exterior waterwheel to power the sawbench.

I think it was constructed by Baron Victor Barretto, between the years 1901 - 1908, which was in the time that my father was apprenticed at the "Farmers Foundry" Great Ryburgh.
Tom Cook, the estate owner thought that the building had been the estate sawmill.

H. Dawson - 3rd July 2005

O. S. Map 1904

O. S. Map 1904
The sawmill was probably sited just to the north of Sennowe Bridge where the new cut ends and joins the main river
Courtesy of NLS map images

The above map clearly shows the original course of the River Wensum before it was artificially straightened. The river had meandered both to the east and the west of the new cut and the parish boundary followed its original course.

c.1905: Mill constructed by Baron Victor Barretto as a sawmill to supply Sennowe Estate with sawn wood.

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