Norfolk's Only Flour Producing Watermill

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About Letheringsett Mill

At the time of the Domesday book, 580 water mills were recorded in Norfolk, including one at Letheringsett but there were no windmills. By the 19th century there were only about 80 or 90 watermills still able to work. The red brick mill you see today was built in 1802.

Letheringsett Watermill is the last remaining watermill in Norfolk to produce flour!


Mike and Marion Thurlow took over the disused mill on the River Glaven in 1987 and restored the mill to working order. It is now an award winning tourist attraction. Following Mike's sudden death in 2013, shortly followed by Marion's death in 2015, Michelle, Mike and Marions daughter, continues to sucessfully run the mill.


A speciality wheat, Spelt is milled here at Letheringsett. Originally introduced to Britain by the Romans, Spelt is higher in vitamin B and protein and other wheat, and many wheat sensitive people can tolerate Spelt flour in their diet. Spelt flour is only one of the many different types of flour, dried fruit and nuts that can be purchased in the mill shop.


Letheringsett Mill is a working mill and can usually be seen working several days a week, but it is subject to the demands of flour production.

Guided tours (by prior arrangement only) give an informative and fascinating insight to the history of the mill and flour production. Please contact the mill for further details.




Website last updated 22nd October 2015

History of Letheringsett Watermill

A watermill on the site at Letheringsett was mentioned in the Domesday book. The building you see today was built in 1802 to replace an earlier mill destroyed by fire. It was originally built to house four pairs of millstones, driven by power created by the iron waterwheel but only two pairs are working today. The water wheel is unusual in that it can be run breastshot but can be changed by a simple shutter to run undershot if the water levels fall in dry weather.

For a more detailed history and photographs of Letheringsett watermill and other mills in Norfolk, visit Norfolk Mills website www.norfolkmills.co.uk

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