Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Thornham had a windmill and a watermill working in the 1200s.

Norwich Priory Manor
SILVESTER, son of RICHARD DE CUMBES for £10 of silver granted to ROGER, the prior, in the reign of Henry III his water_mill and windmill held of the Bishop and paying to the Bishop 40s.

Blomefield's History of Norfolk

In Thornham church a small 15th century postmill occupies the space at the head of the elbow rest of one of the simple and much worn wooden bench-ends (handrest style). The post is particularly sturdy and has no supports but this may be due to the exigencies of space. As with many other similar examples, a window is shown in the side of the mill.
Windmill Iconography - Philip Unwin, NIAS July 1977

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