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IoE Number: 425904
Photographer: Mr Bob Foster
Date Photographed: 28 June 2002
Date listed: 29 April 1952
Date of last amendment: 10 April 1987
Grade II*

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THORRINGTONMILL LANETM 10 NE6/149Thorrington Tide Mill andattached dam wall to northwest (formerly listed as

THORRINGTON MILL LANE TM 10 NE 6/149 Thorrington Tide Mill and attached dam wall to north west (formerly listed as 29.4.52 Thorrington Mill, Brightlingsea Road) GV II* Tide will. C19. On site of former mills. Timber framed and weatherboarded, brick plinth. Grey slate roof. 3 storeys, loft and lucam. South face, 2 window range of 6 paned casements, small paned vertically sliding sash to north, east gable with lucam supported by timber struts, central halved door to second floor and halved door to left of ground floor. West face, window to loft. The flanged cast iron breast shot waterwheel is mounted on a cast iron wheel shaft which passes through tile base of this wall. Eight angled spokes were bolted into the hub. There are remains of timber around the rim. Many of the bucket- supports are in-situ. Interior of 3 x 4 bays, large section storey posts, through bracing to walls. Central down braced storey post to third floor. Chamfered bridging joists, side purlin ridge board roof. Drop doors to each floor. The pit wheel is mounted on the wheel shaft and consists of a wooden rim with cast iron spokes. A segmented ring of cast iron teeth is bolted to the wooden rim, which shows evidence of earlier wooden teeth and wooden spokes. The pit wheel engages a cast iron wallower mounted at the base of a wooden upright shaft. Mounted above the wallower is a wooden clasp-iron great spurwheel with wooden teeth. The spurwheel engages cast iron stone nuts on the spindles of 3 pairs of millstones above. The tentering gear for adjusting the millstones is present, together with a device for putting the stone nuts out of gear when not in use. Climbing to the stone floor the 3 pairs of 4 foot French burr stones are visible. One runner stone and all the stone cases and hoppers are missing. Above the stones, on the upright shaft is a compass-arm wooden crown wheel, with wooden teeth engaging a small pinion on a horizontal layshaft. This layshaft drove the sack hoist and dressing machines by belt. Also on the stone floor is a Simon dressing reel. Above the stone floor the bin floor is empty except for the sack hoist drum. The loft above the bin floor has access to the lucam. This is the only remaining Tide Mill in Essex and one of the very few left in East Anglia. The dam wall is of red brick, mainly covered with earth and gravel. information from V.G. Pargetter, County Millwright.

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