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Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

Windpump C1850

Originally Eastbridge Windpump was one of four pumps that drained the Minsmere Levels near Leiston in East Suffolk.

The windpump raised water two metres from the marsh meadows into a new cut or drainage ditch

This pump was built during the mid-19th century, probably by Robert Martin, a millwright from Beccles and remained in use until the second World War

The pump fell into a state of disrepair and was finally destroyed by a severe winter storm in 1977/78. In the early 1980s the surviving components were rescued and the pump was restored and re-erected at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.


Before commencing work Scaffolded ready for redecoration
Disassembled pump rods Newly installed replacement anchor links
Completed redecoration  




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