TG4209 : Tunstall Dyke tower mill - the scoop wheel

taken 11 years ago, near to Tunstall, Norfolk, Great Britain

Tunstall Dyke tower mill - the scoop wheel
Tunstall Dyke tower mill - the scoop wheel
Detail of the decaying scoop wheel. Tunstall dyke tower mill > LinkExternal link is located on an island of its own, on the west side of Tunstall dyke. The public footpath marked on OS maps as leading past it could not be found. Dense, impenetrable vegetation was encountered instead and a slight detour had to be taken via a farm track leading into a sheep pasture and then following a drain running in northeasterly direction. The track is not marked as a public right of way but the farmer who was tending his flock did not object to the photographer's presence.

A temporary cap was affixed in 1992 to protect the mid-19th century brick tower but its structure may be affected by the dense vegetation surrounding it: the tower is leaning to one side. It houses a cast iron pit wheel and horizontal drive shaft linked to an external scoop wheel with iron centre piece and wooden starts and floats, which is still in place, albeit quite decayed and with some of its metal banding having fallen off. A short distance further to the east, on the other side of Tunstall dyke, there is what is left of Norfolk's last remaining 18th century timber smock mill > LinkExternal link.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 29 May, 2008   (more nearby)
Thursday, 29 May, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 422 092 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.6153N 1:34.6548E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 421 092
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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