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.