Ellingham Water Mill


Ellingham watermill was built of white weatherboard over a brick base with a pan-tiled roof. Along with Ditchingham and Earsham it was one of the only three Norfolk watermills on the Waveney. The mill was built on an artificial semi-circular cut made to the north of the River Waveney. This allowed the mill to retain its head of water while the nearby lock on the main river controlled the levels for the Bungay Navigation. The Waveney was fully navigable for many years using a series of locks, one of which was next to Ellingham mill, thus grain and flour were both transported to and from the mill via wherry as well as road.

Water is diverted from the river beneath the mill where it drives the machinery to grind grain. This stream is called a leet. The image below shows the chain, which acts to prevent navigation through the leet, being cleaned.

Over the years I have visited the mill many times and I realised that I have taken images from the same place on a small bridge at the side of the mill. This bridge stands on another small leet which ran from the lock at the side of the mill, back into the river. The lock is no longer there and has been replaced by a sluice

Here is a slideshow of  some images taken from the small bridge.