Activity 4: Mills & Pumps
There are records from the last 1000 years of the use of renewable energy in the form of water and wind across East Anglia - and often features and buildings that can still be seen and visited. This page has the beginnings of a database of historical mill and pumps - it will gradually be expanded.
Each of the features is kept in a database and linked to a latitude and longitude. This enables each one to be plotted onto a set of maps. The maps we are using here are provided by Google. Click on a marker to find out more. Where appropriate it will give you a link directly to one of our publications. Green (wind), blue (water) and white (tide) markers indicate mill or pump sites where there is still something to be seen. Yellow markers indicate a few of the many former mill or pump sites where no evidence remains at the site.
A number of specialists have created web pages about these mills and pumps; wherever possible a link has been provided to one of these pages. Click on the link to open the page. The pages contain much information about the individual buildings, the people who worked in them and often information on how the mills and pumps worked.
The database is not a comprehensive listing; we are adding mills and pumps gradually. Brighter markers indicate a picture is available.
If appropriate, a link is provided to a Poppyland Publishing book or DVD that may have further information. Click on the blue text to go directly to the web shop for that item. Blue text within the 'bubble' gives a link to information from other web sources.
In this case, the power of the wheel was used to pump water from the lower river on the right up into the canal on the left - though now it is just set up for demonstrations. Click on the picture to see the wheel in action.