History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There is a small National Trust shop on site, and footpaths give access to Horsey Mere. A longer footpath leads from the parking area at Horsey Windpump across fields to the beach, where a colony of grey seals can usually be found along the shore (ask for directions and a map at the shop). I found I could get quite close to the seals without alarming them, which was a real treat!
The windpump was built in 1912 to drain water off the surrounding land so that it could be used for farming. It was in operation until 1943 when it was damaged by lightning, and it was purchased by the National Trust in 1948.
The Horsey area is a popular location for bird-watchers, with a population of breeding birds and winter migrants. The National Trust has recently added a wildflower meadow and nature gardens to the facilities at Horsey Windpump. In the village itself is the beautiful Saxon church of All Saints, with a round tower thought to have been built in the 10th century.
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About Horsey Windpump
Address: Horsey Staithe Stores, Horsey, Norfolk, England, NR29 4EF
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the B1159 about 3 miles south east of Sea Palling
Website: Horsey Windpump
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
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