Blue Flower

The working party on Thursday 4 July and the following Saturday morning included oiling the water wheel bearings and refitting the bearing cap covers which had been treated with preservative, as well as weeding, strimming, gardening, cutting the grass and putting the new information boards by the various features of the site. The river level has been low recently, a family of swans settled down on the dry area next to the water wheel.

On Saturday 6/7/19 we had a visit from Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society who had not seen the mill since the 1970s, long before our conservation work started in 2015.

We had the water wheel turning under water power using our pump and this was seen from our new viewing platform. Our visitor centre was open with finds, photos, historic documents and the model mill on display.

Several NIAS members were very interested in the maltings machinery on display outside the visitor centre, this is a Saladin box, it travelled the length of the building then automatically changed direction, continuously turning over the malt. The Maltings is a mile upstream from the mill.

This was the first opportunity to show our new donation box, and several NIAS members gave generous contributions, they fed bank notes in and watched the model water wheel turn. Donations are always taken off site for security and used for essential supplies to help us welcome visitors and keep the site looking good.

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