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Review of Horsey Wind Pump, Horsey, Norfolk.
Situated in a beautiful part of Norfolk, Horsey Mill can be found alongside Horsey Mere and Staithe. The building is on is actually a wind pump rather than a windmill. It dates from the mid-19th century and has been rebuilt twice, in 1897 and 1912. The wind pump was working until it was struck by lightning in 1943 and was rendered unusable. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1948 from the Buxton Family and has been restored. The Buxton family continue to manage the estate, emphasising nature conservation. Because of this the estate has become an internationally important wildlife site.
The wind pump is a four storey; tapering brick built building with a weather-boarded timber boat-shaped cap. The cap is a traditional style with a fan cradle, 8-vaned fantail and 4 stocks and sails. Steps within the wind pump are steep and the climb to the roof top viewing platform is not for the feint hearted or those who are wary of heights! The wind pump is not really suitable for people with mobility limitations, wheel chairs or pushchairs.
The wind pump was used to pump water up from the fen ditches into the main dyke. It is well preserved by the National Trust and the interior is open to the public to explore. It is quite a small building, so could be best visited early or late in the holiday season to avoid crowds. Inside the wind pump has been restored to its former glory and the mechanism is still in situ. On the ground floor you can see the upright shaft, spur wheels, pit-wheel and scoop wheel shafts.
This wind pump is in a truly wonderful location on the edge of Horsey Staithe and there are spectacular views across the countryside. The area is renowned for walking and outdoor activities; there are several easy walks close-by. On the estate there are way marked circular walks, the main one being the path via Brograve Mill. This walk provides great views across Horsey Mere and it is a very pleasant and easy walk.
**Address and Directions**
HORSEY DRAINING PUMP, HORSEY ROAD, HORSEY, NORFOLK, NR29 4EF
By Road: - The Horsey Wind Pump can be found on the B1159 road, south of Horsey village.
From Great Yarmouth, follow the A149, Cromer road and right turn onto the B1159 (Repps Road), signposted Martham and Horsey Wind Pump.
By Water: - Horsey Mere is one of the Norfolk Broads in the east of England; it is reached by cruising through Hickling Broad and then following the River Thurne.
Horsey wind pump offers spacious car parking which is open all year round, from dawn to dusk. Pay and Display parking costs £1 for up to 2 hours, £2 for up to 4 hours and £3 all day.
The wind pump is open daily from March to October. Entry to the wind pump costs £2.50 for adults and £1 for children.
There are moorings available for visitors arriving by boat and these are charged separately.
There is a small tea room located next to the wind pump; this is also where you purchase your admission tickets to the wind pump. The tea room acts as an information centre and the staff seemed very knowledgeable and friendly when we visited.
Plenty of seats and picnic areas are scattered around the area, making it an ideal spot for a lunch or tea time al fresco meal.
There are toilets are on site along with baby changing facilities. I found the 'ladies' to be basic, but scrupulously clean.
There are boat trips offered from Horsey Wind Pump on certain days, unfortunately the day I visited was not a 'boat trip' day so I cannot comment on this facility.
Horsey Wind Pump is well worth a visit, the wind pump itself is interesting to explore, it is not large and does not take long to view, but it is definitely worth the modest entry fee! The area has lots to offer and it is a lovely place to take a break in a busy sight-seeing day.
I would advise visitors to make sure they have their camera as this is a very scenic area with ample photography opportunities.
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©brittle1906 January 2013
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