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Frettenham Windmill
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The mill under conversion
Mill name Frettenham Mill
Coordinates 52°42′39.28″N 1°19′24.37″E / 52.7109111°N 1.3234361°E / 52.7109111; 1.3234361
Operator(s) Private
Year built c.1880
Purpose Corn
Type Tower mill
Storeys Five storeys
No. of sails Four sails
Winding Fantail
No. of pairs of millstones Two pairs
Size of millstones One pair 4 feet 4 inches (1.32 m)

Frettenham Mill is a Grade II listed tower mill at Frettenham, Norfolk, England which has been converted to residential accommodation.


Frettenham Mill was built c1880 for Joshua Harper. He died in 1891 and the mill was offered for sale by auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on 18 July 1891. It was bought by Alfred Herne, who worked it until c.1900.

The mill had lost its sails and fantail by c.1910. The mill was derelict by 1937, but at that time retained the cap frame. By 2004, the mill and associated outbuildings had been converted to residential accommodation. A new boat shaped cap was fitted to the mill tower.

Graham Cottrell and wife Suzanne Cottrell owned the mill between 2011 and 2016, during that time the fourth mill stone (two still in place, one incorporated into the village sign) was returned to the site and mounted as a water feature in the garden, additionally a modern single door on the first floor was replaced with a pair of doors matching the oldest photos of the mill that are available.


Frettenham Mill is a five storey tower mill which had a stage at second floor level. The cap was winded by a fantail. The mill had four sails. The tower is 47 feet (14.33 m) to the curb. Much of the machinery survives in the converted mill, including the wooden upright shaft, wooden clasp-arm great spur wheel, cast iron crown wheel with wooden teeth and two pairs of underdrift French Burr millstones. One of the millstones was incorporated into the village sign.


Frettenham Village Sign
The village sign, incorporating a millstone from Frettenham Mill
  • Joshua Harper c.1880-91
  • Alfred Edward Sutton Herne 1891-c.1900

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