Photograph © Peter Sneddon
Gunton Park Sawmill
Grid reference: TG 224 335
OS sheet: 133
On the Gunton Park Estate between Aylsham and Cromer. Turn E of A140 towards Suffield.
This timber framed and thatched watermill was purpose-built as an estate
sawmill in 1824 and
clearly depicts the transition from medieval pit to mechanical sawing.
There were two waterwheels, one driving a circular saw and the other a reciprocating saw.
It is the frame saw, which is still working by water power, that makes Gunton
Sawmill an important survivor of our industrial heritage.
On open days the saw is run by volunteers who maintain the mill and a small
collection of tools and artefacts associated with life around the Gunton Estate,
including a small
grist mill, which may be demonstrated occasionally.
The area in front of the mill frequently hosts displays of historic transport or
visiting craft demonstrations.
Opening times 2017
23rd April, 28th May, 25th June, 23rd July, 27th August, 24th
September. (Also see web site).
National Mills Weekend opening times 2017
Sunday 14th May 14.00 - 17.00.
Norfolk Windmills Trust, tel. 01362 869393,
via web site.