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Horsey Windpump

Horsey Windpump - Norfolk landmark restored to former glory

Horsey Windpump is once again standing proud in the Norfolk Broads, following a three-year restoration project and is set to re-open to visitors on Saturday 16 March.

The National Trust embarked on the ambitious restoration project in 2016, which has seen the cap removed and conserved, the fan tail and inner workings repaired, brickwork repointed, and the sails re-made to their historic pattern, so that they will turn for the first time in over 75 years.

Millwright Tim Whiting and his specialist team used the same tools and techniques used to build the Windpump over a hundred years ago.

Horsey Windpump

Tim, who has spent much of the last three years on site, said; “It’s been a real honour to be involved in restoring this magnificent building. It has not all been plain sailing, the weather has thrown us some challenges along the way. We have had to endure gales, wet winters and last year’s Beast from the East. However, it’s all been worth it - to see the building on the horizon, standing proud once more.”

Horsey was once part of a network of 250 windpumps in the Broads. Windpumps used wind power to pump water from lower to higher ground within the landscape. Following the completion of this restoration project, Horsey Windpump will be one of the remaining few that visitors can step inside and enjoy.

As well as the restoration of the five-storey Windpump, new interpretation and a roof top experience offering aerial views, will help reveal this iconic building’s story. Outdoors there is a new family picnic area and wildlife trail for visitors to enjoy.

Sue Price, the National Trust’s Visitor Experience Manager at Horsey, said: “Staff and volunteers have been busy behind the scenes, we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Horsey and we can’t wait to hear what they think. To be able to see the sails turning again is going to be a real highlight for everyone.”
Horsey Windpump will be open at weekends during March, then seven days a week from 1 April. The sails will turn on selected days (weather dependent).

For more information as to when you can see the sails in operation, visit Horsey Windpump.

Horsey at sunset

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