drainage pump
River Yare

June 1974
June 1974

Cadge's Mill at Reedham, was built to lift water into the River Yare. The mill was originally one of an open group of three mills along with the North Mill and Polkey's Mill.

The mill had a Norfolk boat shaped cap and used patent sails to power the scoop wheel that was built inside the larger than normal tower, which also had a fireplace.

June 1974
North Mill in foreground with Cadge's Mill behind
June 1974

In 1881, the landowner John Rose commissioned Richard Barnes to build Reedham Marsh Steam Engine House where as single cylinder horizontal coal fired steam engine drove a turbine when there was insufficient wind for the mills.

June 1988
Cadge's Mill in foreground with North Mill behind
June 1988

The management and restoration of Cadge's Mill and Polkey's_Mill was undertaken by The Norfolk Windmills Trust between 1999 - 2006.

O. S. Map 1904
O. S. Map 1904
Cadge's mill - blue; North mill - green; Polkey's mill - red;
Courtesy of NLS map images

c.1880: Mill built

1880: Steam engine installed to provide drainage in times of insufficiant wind

1941: Mill ceased working along with Polkey's Mill and North Mill as a diesel system was installed nearby

c.1941: Sails removed by Reggie Hewitt for use elsewhere and machinery removed later

c.1965: Steam engine sold for scrap

1988: Mill fitted with flat roof

2002: Nigel Pargeter, millwright, started on work to restore the mill

2006: New cap fitted

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