Thrigby Windmill

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Thrigby Post Windmill
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Thrigby Post Windmill
Mill location to the south of Mill Road east of Thrigby
Grid reference TG46821207
Coordinates 52°39′07″N1°39′51″E / 52.65181°N 1.66417°E / 52.65181; 1.66417 Coordinates: 52°39′07″N1°39′51″E / 52.65181°N 1.66417°E / 52.65181; 1.66417
Year built c. 1790s

Thrigby Post Windmill is located in the civil parish of Mautby in the English county of Norfolk. [1] The mill is on the south side of Mill Lane 1,125 yards (1.029 km) east of the village of Thrigby. The post mill is north of The River Bure, Breydon Water and the Halvergate Marshes.

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Norfolk County of England

Norfolk is a county in East Anglia in England. It borders Lincolnshire to the northwest, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest, and Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are the North Sea and, to the north-west, The Wash. The county town is Norwich. With an area of 2,074 square miles (5,370 km2) and a population of 859,400, Norfolk is a largely rural county with a population density of 401 per square mile. Of the county's population, 40% live in four major built up areas: Norwich (213,000), Great Yarmouth (63,000), King's Lynn (46,000) and Thetford (25,000).



Thrigby Post Windmill was built in about 1790 by Robert Woolmer who was the owner of close-by Thrigby Hall. The mill was constructed to grind wheat produced on the Thrigby estate. The post mill has a two-foot-square oak main post that rises vertically through the round house roof and carries the weatherboard clad body or "buck" of the mill, which contains all the machinery. The post mill was able to be turned on the centre post to bring the sails into the wind. The mill has four common sails and is built over a brick roundhouse which created a covered storage area and protecting the trestle from the weather.

Windmill machine that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy

A windmill is a mill that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails or blades. Centuries ago, windmills usually were used to mill grain (gristmills), pump water (windpumps), or both. There are windmills that convert the rotational energy directly into heat. The majority of modern windmills take the form of wind turbines used to generate electricity, or windpumps used to pump water, either for land drainage or to extract groundwater. Windmills first appeared in Persia in the 9th century AD, and were later independently invented in Europe.

Wheat Cereal grain

Wheat is a grass widely cultivated for its seed, a cereal grain which is a worldwide staple food. The many species of wheat together make up the genus Triticum; the most widely grown is common wheat.

Oak genus of plants

An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus of the beech family, Fagaceae. There are approximately 600 extant species of oaks. The common name "oak" also appears in the names of species in related genera, notably Lithocarpus, as well as in those of unrelated species such as Grevillea robusta and the Casuarinaceae (she-oaks). The genus Quercus is native to the Northern Hemisphere, and includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cool temperate to tropical latitudes in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and North Africa. North America contains the largest number of oak species, with approximately 90 occurring in the United States, while Mexico has 160 species of which 109 are endemic. The second greatest center of oak diversity is China, which contains approximately 100 species.


The post mill can be clearly seen on the 1797 map of the area produced by Faden. The last miller of Thrigby was Alfred Hood who was also a local farmer. He ran the mill until 1889 when the mill ceased working. In 1892 the wooden structure of the mill was found to be infested with death watch beetle and was then dismantled leaving only the brick roundhouse. [2] In 1981, almost one hundred years after the mill ceased working, the mill was bought by Nick Prior who set about its restoration. [2] The roundhouse was repaired and the mill rebuilt and has become one of only three post mills remaining in Norfolk. The other postmills are Garboldisham Windmill [3] between Thetford and Diss and another postmill which is being built at South Walsham.

Post mill earliest type of European windmill

The post mill is the earliest type of European windmill. Its defining feature is that the whole body of the mill that houses the machinery is mounted on a single vertical post, around which it can be turned to bring the sails into the wind.

Garboldisham Windmill

Garboldisham Mill is a Grade II* listed post mill at Garboldisham, Norfolk, that has been restored.

Thetford town in Norfolk, England

Thetford is a market town and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England. It is on the A11 road between Norwich and London, just south of Thetford Forest. After World War II Thetford became an ‘overspill town’ taking people from London, as a result of which its population increased substantially. The civil parish, covering an area of 29.55 km2 (11.41 sq mi), has a population of 24,340.

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  1. OS Explorer Map OL40” – The Broads. ISBN   0-319-23769-9
  2. 1 2 Thrigby Mill History and timeline
  3. The Norfolk Windmill Trust, Windmills to Visit Guide. 3rd Edition 1982. Page 24, The Morris Printing Co Ltd 57-61 Pitt Street Norwich, Description & Location Details