drainage pump
River Thurne

5th July 1988
5th July 1988

Halvergate Marshes had several drainage mills working in the 1800s. High's Mill was also known as Gilbert's Mill or Lubbock's Mill. The 2 storey tower only had one window on the upper floor. The mill stood by itself on a cut to the north of Fleet Dyke.

In July 1988, Arthur Smith reported that the mill was owned by the Norfolk Windmills Trust and had been weatherproofed with a temporary aluminium cap. Some machinery remained inside, including the windshaft with brakewheel and canister. The scoopwheel was still in situ on the outside of the mill.

High's mill was one of only two pumps in Norfolk to have a wooden commonpole to drive the scoopwheel, the other being Haddiscoe Pettingill's Mill.

August 2023
August 2023

July 1988: Mill owned by Norfolk Windmills Trust with windshaft, machinery and scoopwheel remaining

August 2023: Mill in good preserved condition

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