Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill - Windmill in Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth - Great Yarmouth

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill

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Thurne Mill was built in 1820 by the millwrights England & Co of Ludham, Norfolk.

Originally when the mill was built it would have had common canvas sails and a scoopwheel but in 1885 the mill was raised (hained) to accommodate the new turbine pump and the patent sails. These allowed the Marshmen a little more free time.

Bob Morse had a fascination with windmills since he was a young boy. In 1949 a boyhood dream became a reality when he purchased the then derelict Thurne Mill. In 18 months, with the help of Albert England, a direct descendant of England’s the tower was restored. The mill was then leased to the Norfolk Windmill Trust. Sadly Bob Morse passed away in January 2007. The current owner of Thurne Mill is Debra Nicholson.

In 2018, after a period of having a pinkish glow due to a fungus attacking the original paint, volunteers help us take on The Great Thurne Mill Repaint!

Thurne Mill often attracts media attention for its iconic impact on the Broads landscape and it’s historical importance.

You may have spotted it on Escape to the Country, BBC Look East, Radio Norfolk Treasure Quest and most recently BBC’s Countryfile in 2019.

Our Marshman will be at the mill on open days demonstrating how she works and telling you all abou tthe history of this 200 year old wroking windpump.

Disabled access is not possible in the mill and the staithe is very uneven.

Guide Prices

Donations welcome



  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:
On leaving Great Yarmouth follow signs for A47 & A146 and onto B1152

The nearest railway station is Great Yarmouth, which is 9 miles away.

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill


The Street, Thurne, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 3AP

Opening Times

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