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Want to buy one of the UK’s tallest windmills in Norfolk?

PUBLISHED: 09:40 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 28 February 2018

Sutton Windmill. Pic: Sowerbys.

Sutton Windmill. Pic: Sowerbys.

One of the UK’s tallest windmills in Norfolk which once housed a museum is up for sale by online auction - meaning you can buy it from the comfort of your armchair.

Sutton Windmill. Pic: Sowerbys.Sutton Windmill. Pic: Sowerbys.

Sutton Windmill, which once housed a museum attracting 20,000 visitors a year, is up for sale by online auction - meaning someone can buy it at a click of a button and own it, lock, stock and barrel, just a month later.

The countryside setting. Pic: Sowerbys.The countryside setting. Pic: Sowerbys.

A sign inside the windmill from when it was a museum. Pic: Sowerbys.A sign inside the windmill from when it was a museum. Pic: Sowerbys.

The Grade II star listed windmill, which closed as an attraction in 2008, is in need of renovation and comes with a granary of just over 7000 sqft and is set in approximately 1.85 acres.

The windmill, near Stalham, is for sale for a starting bid of £135,000 with Sowerbys’ new online auction service.

The original mill workings. Pic: Sowerbys.The original mill workings. Pic: Sowerbys.

Sutton Windmill. Pic: Sowerbys.Sutton Windmill. Pic: Sowerbys.

This works by people registering with the agent and showing proof of purchase then being able to bid on the windmill like a real auction - except you never have to leave home to do so. You can make a bid anytime leading up to the sale which goes live at 9am next Monday, March 5 when more bids can be made.

Online auctions are becoming more popular for vendors who want a quick sale.

The buyer is not required to exchange contracts immediately, but granted 14 days and a further 14 days thereafter to complete. However, they will be required to put down a non-refundable reservation fee of 3.5 per cent.

Jonathan Wood, manager of Sowerbys’ Norwich office, selling Sutton windmill, said: “We have introduced online auctions as another part of the package of services we can offer. It won’t suit every property but does drastically reduce the time it usually takes to buy or sell a property.”

The windmill’s items from its time as a museum were auctioned in 2012 but it does contain the original workings.

Dan Everett, land and new home manager at Sowerbys, said the windmill, built in 1789, had nine storeys, and when it has its cap on is, at 80 ft, the tallest in the UK. Without its cap, as it is currently, it is believed to be the second tallest. A company in Bedfordshire is selling the windmill after funding fell through for its renovation and the new buyer will need to reinstate the cap, he said.

For more information, contact Sowerbys on 01603 761441 or see the online auction service at www.sowerbys.iamsold.co.uk



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