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Suffolk Buildings Preservation Trust oversees 3 properties in Suffolk:


Thelnetham Windmill

Thelnetham Windmill stands on the edge of Thelnetham Fen.

Dating from 1819, it is one of only four preserved tower mills in Suffolk.

While working successfully during the 19th century, its condition deteriorated badly during the early 20th century and it was effectively derelict by 1926.

It was purchased for restoration by mill enthusiasts in 1979 who managed to complete this work by 1987.

The mill that can be visited today is the result of this restoration and the ongoing efforts of a team of volunteers.

Link to Thelnetham Windmill

Little Hall

A late 14th Century Hall House on the main square, it mirrors the history of Lavenham over the centuries.  First built in the 1390s as a family house and workplace, it was enlarged, improved and modernised in the mid 1550s, and greatly extended later.  By the 1700s it was giving homes to six families.  It was restored in the 1920s/30s. 

In the 1960s and 70s it was an outpost of Kingston (Surrey) College of Art. In 1975 Surrey County Council offered it to the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, together with two cottages. Before selling the cottages, the Trust was able to restore Little Hall.

This late C14 hall house containing the Gayer-Anderson collection of pictures and artefacts was opened to the public in 1978 and now operates as a museum.

Link to Little Hall

Pakenham Watermill

The 18th century watermill, the last working watermill in Suffolk, is on a Domesday site. Here, for almost a thousand years, millers have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally-grown wheat. The mill is maintained and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers who continue the tradition.

Water from Pakenham Fen collects in the beautiful mill pond to turn the 16 foot high iron water-wheel that drives the mill-stones which turn the wheat into flour.  In the former miller’s house next door the old kitchen with its 18th C. brewing vat and bread oven can be seen.

Link to Pakenham Water Mill

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