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Old Buckenham Mill
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Old Buckenham Windmill
Mill location Old Buckenham, Breckland, Norfolk
Coordinates 52°28′40″N 1°02′07″E / 52.4778°N 1.0354°E / 52.4778; 1.0354
Year built 1818
Purpose Flour mill
Type Tower mill
Storeys Five
No. of sails Four
Type of sails Patent-Shutter
Other information
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 21 July 1951
Reference no. 1342467
Current Status static

Old Buckenham Windmill is a tower flour mill which stands in the village of Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England. It is a Grade II* listed building, notable for being the largest diameter windmill in the country.

The tower was built in 1818 of brick in five storeys and is 8 meters (26.5 feet) in diameter at the base. The cap was boat shaped and extended to the rear. At 7.3 meters (24 feet) in diameter, it was the largest known cap in the country, requiring five truck wheels and 17 centring wheels to carry the weight. Originally fitted with eight plain sails, it was converted to use four patent sails. There were five pairs of French stones on the second floor but milling at the mill ceased in 1926 and the stones were broken up.

The mill was originally built for John Burlingham, who was also the miller at a local postmill. During its working life, it was owned by Jeremiah James Colman, of Colman's Mustard, and later by Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, who lived in Old Buckenham Hall at the end of the 19th century. It is now the property of the Norfolk Windmills Trust, who are in the process of restoring it to its original condition.

The mill is normally open to the public on the second Sunday of each month from May to September.

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