Horsey windpump in Norfolk has cap removed as part of a restoration programme

Horsey Windpump with its cap. Credit: ITV Anglia

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

Horsey Windpump had its cap removed today in a six hour operation as part of a project to restore the mill to its former glory.

The wind pump was built in 1912 to replace the former 'Black Mill' and was used to drain the surrounding land. It's role proved vital after the 1938 floods but went out of use after being struck by lightening in 1943. Since then it has slowly fallen into disrepair.

The pump's owners, the National Trust, is spending £244,000 to repair and replace the cap and sails and another £40,000 repairing the building's brickwork. It's hoped the water mill will be up and turning again by next year.

Horsey Wind Pump with sails still attached. Credit: National Trust