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Eastbridge Windpump

Originally Eastbridge Windpump was one of four pumps that drained the Minsmere Levels near Leiston in East Suffolk. Water was pumped up two metres from the marsh meadows into a new cut or drainage ditch, enabling more land to be used for grazing.

This pump was built during the mid 19th century, probably by Robert Martin, a millwright from Beccles. The ‘smock’ design of the windpump takes its name from its resemblance to a miller’s smock. It was in working order until the Second World War when weather damage took its toll. The pump fell into a state of disrepair, with a severe storm finally knocking it down in the winter of 1977/78. In the early 80s, the ironwork was salvaged and the pump was re-erected on this site.