Black Mill
drainage pump
River Waveney

16th May 1989
16th May 1989

Belton Black mill was built as a 3 storey red brick tower windpump using common sails turned to wind via a tailpole to power a scoopwheel.

By the 1980s a modern pump had been set up inside the tower and on the outside of the tower a cast iron case was inscribed Thos. Smithdale & Sons Engineers Acle Norfolk AD1973.

August 2023
August 2023

c.1830: Mill built

1907: Mill rebuilt

c.1947: Mill ceased working with windpower

1973: Thomas Smithdales updated pumping machinery

1989: Very derelict tower without cap; windshaft, canister and wooden clasp-arm brakewheel in situ

2023: Mill preserved with metal cap

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