drainage pump
River Yare

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

North mill was was a small 3 storey mill, originally built as one of an open group of three mills, along with Cadge's_Mill and Polkey's_Mill to drain water from Reedham marshes up into the River Yare. It was the first of the three mill to cease working and had stopped before 1904.

Polkey's Mill with North Mill in foreground in June 1989
North Mill in foreground with Polkey's Mill behind
June 1989

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.

3rd June 2023 3rd June 2023
3rd June 2023
Reedham North bottom left, Cadges top centre, Polkeys centre right - 3rd June 2023

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

c.1880: Mill built

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

O.S. map 1904: Windpump (disused)

c.1965: Steam engine sold for scrap

1989: Remains of tower lying derelict

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