Blackshore Mill, Reydon
The mill in 2006
Mill locationTM 491 759
Coordinates52°19′28″N 1°39′24″E / 52.32444°N 1.65667°E / 52.32444; 1.65667Coordinates: 52°19′28″N 1°39′24″E / 52.32444°N 1.65667°E / 52.32444; 1.65667
Year builtc1890
TypeTower mill
StoreysThree storeys
No. of sailsFour Sails
Type of sailsPatent sails
WindshaftCast iron
Type of pumpThree throw plunger pump

Blackshore Mill is a Grade II listed[1] tower mill at Reydon, Suffolk, England which has been conserved.


Blackshore Mill was built c1890 by Robert Martin, the Beccles millwright, who beat Simon Nunn of Wenhaston in gaining the contract for the mill's construction. The mill only worked for about four years before the sails were blown off when the windshaft broke at the poll end.[2] The mill stood derelict for many years until repairs were carried out in 2002 to conserve the mill.[1]


For an explanation of the various pieces of machinery, see Mill machinery.

Blackshore Mill is a three-storey tower mill. It had a boat-shaped cap winded by a fantail. The four Patent sails[3] were carried on a cast-iron windshaft. The tower is about 26 feet 3 inches (8.00 m) high and all machinery is of cast iron.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "BLACKSHORE WINDPUMP, REYDON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK (1032138)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  2. ^ Flint, Brian (1979). Suffolk Windmills. Woodbridge: Boydell. pp. 100–101. ISBN 0-85115-112-4.
  3. ^ Dolman, Peter (1978). Windmills in Suffolk. Ipswich: Suffolk Mills Group. p. 52. ISBN 0-9506447-0-6.