This stunning gallery shows why Thurne Mill is the most photographed mill in the country

Project 52. Photo Challenge. Sun going down over the Thurne Marshes.

Project 52. Photo Challenge. Sun going down over the Thurne Marshes. - Credit: BRIAN SHREEVE

Thurne Mill has stood sentinel and unchanging on the same picturesque spot for almost 200 years.

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill.National Mills Weekend.Picture: James Bass

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill.National Mills Weekend.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Archant

And as these pictures show it is not hard to see why it is a firm favourite among photographers looking for the perfect shot, often framed against a scene-stealer sunset.

In fact the striking white structure is reckoned the most snapped mill on the Norfolk Broads, with some 250,000 images online, according to its owner.

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill.National Mills Weekend.Owner Debra Nicholson looking out from the top of t

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill.National Mills Weekend.Owner Debra Nicholson looking out from the top of the mill.Picture; James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Debra Nicholson said it was one of the most attractive and most accessible mills in the wetland landscape, with the added bonus that it was one of the few that majestically turned in the wind.

In fact so global and far-reaching was its appeal there was even an image of it adorning the doctor’s surgery in Australia when she visited her aunt.

 Thurne Mill on the Bure at sunrise, with the mist collecting as it warms up.

Thurne Mill on the Bure at sunrise, with the mist collecting as it warms up. - Credit: citizenside.com

Since May the industrial relic has been shrouded in scaffolding for restoration and painting ahead of its milestone birthday celebrations in 2020.

Mrs Nicholson is planning a year of events to mark the mill’s 200th anniversary - including a photographic competition culminating in a glossy calendar.

 sunset at thurne

sunset at thurne - Credit: citizenside.com

A Friends group is looking to raise £6,000 and an online donation page has been set up to keep the sails turning.

Thurne Mill refurbishment.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thurne Mill refurbishment.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thurne Mill refurbishment. Owner Debra Nicholson.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Thurne Mill refurbishment. Owner Debra Nicholson.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thurne dyke drainage mill beside the River Thurne at the mouth of Thurne Dyke.Picture: James Bass

Thurne dyke drainage mill beside the River Thurne at the mouth of Thurne Dyke.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014