Morse's Wind Engine Park - Repps with Bastwick windmill, Norfolk


Morse's Wind Engine Park - Repps with Bastwick #2214

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Wind pump museum: post mill (drainage) - Bob Morse's collection of wind engines

Morse's wind engine park in Repps, Norfolk is holding another volunteer work weekend on 11th & 12th June 2011. This is the fifth 'Erect a Windpump Weekend' and it is increasingly growing in numbers. Details for the 2009 work weekend (details of the previous 2008 event)

Bob Morse had a fascination with windmills since he was a young man, which stepped up a notch in 1947 when he purchased the then very derelict Thurne Mill. In 18 months, with the help of Albert England, a direct descendant of England's of Ludham, the Millwright family who built the Mill in 1820, the tower was restored. The mill is now leased to the Norfolk Windmill Trust who have very successfully continued with the restoration.

Bob continued his work by rescuing derelict wind engines and restoring them to their original condition. Morse's Wind Engine Park now has a historical collection of unique wind engines and a scoopwheel dating back to the nineteenth century.

Sadly, Bob Morse passed away in Jan 2007. Read a Celebration of the life of Bob Morse to find out more about the man who assembled the most important collection of windpumps in the UK.

Some of the items on show on the site include: There are a number of other smaller exhibits, principally Bob Morse's models of various windmills, which are currently in storage, pending the fitting out of suitable exhibition space.

The collection is open to view on various dates throughout the year and also by appointment basis. We have many varied groups visit us here in Repps and these group visits normally include a trip to the nearby Thurne Windmill.
For more information of open days or to make an advanced booking please call
Mrs Debra Nicholson
Morse's Wind Engine Park
Marsh Cottage
Marsh Road
Repps
Norfolk NR29 5JU
Telephone: - 01692 670204
Mobile :- 07796 407864
Email :- debra@windengines.com

Thurne mill is nearby, and is opened (and operated, wind permitting), April - September every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month between 2pm - 4pm.

In fact, the local area provides a very valuable insight into the whole history of wind energy.

Wallis Titt wind engine, 15 July 2006
Wallis Titt wind engine, 15 July 2006
Scoop wheel, 15 July 2006
Scoop wheel in action, 15 July 2006
Reconstructed wooden wind engine, 15 July 2006
American Monitor Vaneless Windpump, 15 July 2006
British wooden wind engine (awaiting repair), 15 July 2006
Southern Cross modern wind engine, 15 July 2006
Climax wind engine, 15 July 2006
Aermotor wind engine, 15 July 2006
Newark wind engine, 15 July 2006
General view of Morse's wind engine park, 15 July 2006
General view of Morse's wind engine park, 15 July 2006
General view of Morse's wind engine park, 15 July 2006
General view of Morse's wind engine park, 15 July 2006
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Entry in Mills Archive database - #2214

Wind Engine - Scoop [2012-08-27]

Ashley Dace

Wallis Titt Wind Engine [2012-08-27]

Ashley Dace

The Morse windpump collection at Repps [2004-05-22]

Jim Woodward-Nutt

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Opening times via SPAB site

News item: Third "erect a windpump weekend" at Morse's Wind Engine Park, Repps (9/2/09)
News item: Morse's wind engine park volunteer work weekend, 7th-8th June 2008 (19/3/08)
News item: A celebration of the life of Bob Morse (7/2/07)
News item: Bob Morse has passed away. (23/1/07)
News item: Bob Morse's wind engines - windengines.com (14/2/06)

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