Swim north
drainage pump

River Bure

The original Runham Swim north wind pump was built a little to the east of the later_mill and was working by 1805.

The name 'Swim' was coined by virtue of cattle being herded down the track to the river where they swam across to graze on the marshes on the opposite side. This was also the site of a ferry across the River Bure.

1805: Mill working just to the east of the later mill

1846: Mill in need of repair and ceased working, pumping being taken over by a steam engine

July 1851: Commissioners for Drainage advertised for contractors to build new windpump

c.1852: Thomas_Smithdale built new windpump designed by William_Thorold

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