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Stow Mill - Windmill

also known as Paston Mill

Paston, Norfolk

The mill was built between 1825 and 1827 and operated from 1828 until 1930, a working period of over 100 years. Then ‘out of work’, it was stripped of it’s interior machinery below the brake wheel and turned into a small home, but redeemed in 1960 when it was selected for preservation by Norfolk County Council.

The tarred brick tower mill was built as a flour mill between 1825 and 1827 by James Gaze, and other buildings added after this.

There had been another mill in Paston, a smock mill about one and three quarter miles to the south, in the occupation of Thomas Sadler, but this was not demolished until 1840, when its material and equipment were sold piecemeal by auction. It seems doubtful, therefore, whether any of these items were installed at Stow Mill but with the loss of the mill in Paston, it appears the local populace adopted the name of Paston Mill for Stow and it remained so for many years, and continues to be rumoured.

Evelyn Simak  2007

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Where the name Stow comes from. On this site, was a medieval chapel where pilgrims travelling between Bromholm and Walsingham rested. This became known as Stow Chapel, “Stow” meaning resting place in old English.

See www.stowmill.co.uk/history.html a more detailed history.

Further information Grid


Stow Mill, (Windmill) Paston, Norfolk

Ceremonial County: Norfolk

Grid Reference:

TG 316358     OS Sheet - 133

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Date Updated: 05/2008

Planning Grid


Stow Mill, (Windmill) Paston, Norfolk

Grid Reference:

TG 316358    OS Sheet - 133

Getting there:

On B1159 Paston to Mundesley road at Stow Hill, ¼ mile outside Mundesley.




A small car park is provided for visitors throughout the year. During High Summer this can get over accommodated but overflow parking is possible on the grass triangle 25 yards up the hill.



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Stow Mill

Stow Hill




NR28 9TG


Roger Hough  -  01263 720298

Opening times:

Daily. 10am – dusk all year.


£1.50 per adult, £1.25 per concession and 50p per child.

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Date Updated: 05/2008

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