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Windmills were a key feature in early 19th century Norfolk and Suffolk with almost 500 scattered throughout the country powerfully putting wind energy to good use grinding grain in to flour. A large number of windmills were also used for draining the marshes in the fenlands and broad areas.
Two main types of windmills are found in the area – smock mills: octoganal or hexagonal in shape with a thatched or shingled tower; and, tower mills: a vertical style windmill with a brick or stone tower with a wooden cap holding its sails.
Billingford Windmill near Diss, in Norfolk is a five story tower mill with a boat-shaped cap. It is powered by four sails and a six-blade fan. Billingford Windmill was restored over a 5-year period and the restoration was completed in May 2022.
Visit the Wikipedia page for more information on the Billingford Windmill