Horning Ferry windpump, Norfolk

Horning Ferry windpump. From a glass negative taken by the Berkeley-Weld family of Chipping in the photograph collection of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, early 20th century.
The picture on this page shows an idylic scene, as a rowing boat passes a majestic smock windpump on the Norfolk Broads.

The pictured mill is at Horning Ferry in Norfolk, where it survives, in a very altered form today, converted in the 1930's into a 3 bedroomed holiday home. The elegant slim tower is now surrounded by rooms at ground level, and the tower flared out to form the roof that covers those rooms. The accommodation is all on the ground level, with ladder access to a first floor room in the body of the mill, and from there out via a glazed door to a riverside veranda. The building is now painted white, giving it a an overall Dutch toy like appearance.

Although a fairly realistic fantail is present (with its unusual count of 7 blades), the dummy sails bear no relation to the sails that once worked the mill.

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