George Shafto
millwright


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George Shafto -1808 to 1822

George Shafto was first mentioned in an advert for a workman in 1808

TO MILLWRIGHTS
WANTED, a good workman in the above line. Good wages will be given to a complete hand. Apply to G. Shaftoe, millwright, St. Martins Lane, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th May 1808

DIED.
A few days since, in London, Mrs. Eliz. Shafto, mother of Mr. Shafto, millwright, of this city. Her death was occaisoned by her clothes catching fire, after lingering in the most excruciating pain for three days.
Norfolk Chronicle - 10th February 1810

George Shafto had some French buhr millstones to be used for flour production for sale in 1811.

TO MILLERS and MILLWRIGHTS
GEORGE SHAFTO
Millwright, St. Martin's at Oak, Norwich.
HAS just received a large quantity of FRENCH BURS of a superior quality, which he begs to offer to the public, as well worth their attention.
Norfolk Chronicle - 30th November 1811

He built the second Hellesdon Press Lane postmill - St. Clement's mill - on Aylsham road in 1813. This may have been a substantial rebuild of the original mill or a new built mill. John Hawkes was the miller but he died in March 1813 and an advertisement was placed for a miller in the May of that year.

TO JOURNEYMAN MILLERS,
Wanted Immediately,
A JOURNEYMAN MILLER, as a Flour Dresser. A married man will be preferred, there being a cottage provided for him.
Apply to Mr. Shafto, Millwright, St. Martin's at Oak, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd May 1813

George Shafto also wanted a miller for an unidentified watermill in 1815.

TO MILLERS
WANTED
A Middle aged Man, that has experience in a considerable water-mill, a STONE MAN, and that is otherwise qualified and capable of taking the situation as foreman, must have knowledge of accounts; reference for character to his late employers, for sobriety and integrity, will be required.
Enquire of Mr. Shafto, Millwright, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th May 1815

Hellesdon St. Clement's mill was advertised for sale or to let four times between September 1816 and March 18181.

George Shafto built the towermill at Barnham Broom in 1818 and the mill was for sale by auction in October of that year.

TO MILLERS

At the beginning of October (Unless disposed of by Private Contract)
The valuable FREEHOLD MILLS at Barnham Broom, Norfolk, consisting of an excellent water mill & windmill, with flour mills, machinery & going gears complete, now in full trade. Also a good substantial built Dwelling house lately titted up, with a well planted garden & 4 acres of excellent meadow land adjoining & a chaise house, granaries, stable, waggon lodge, piggeries & other suitable Buildings. The Machinery in the Mills are recently built & the Mills are capable of manufacturing at least 7 lasts of corn per week. Barnham Broom is situate in a fine corn country, 4 miles from Wymondham, 7 from Dereham & only 9 from Norwich, all good corn markets.
Possession may be had at Michaelmas next & a moity of the purchase money (if required) may remain upon mortgage for a term of years. Apply to Mr. John STEDMAN, the proprietor, at Barnham Broom Mills near Wymondham. Mr. George SHAFTO, Millwright, St. Martins at Oak, Norwich, or Mr. S. GILMAN, Solr. Hingham
.
Norfolk Chronicle - 12th & 19th September 1818

To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By Mr. CULLEY,

On Saturday, 31st October, at 4 o'clock, At the White Swan Inn, Norwich. (Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract)
The valuable FREEHOLD MILLS at Barnham Broom, Norfolk, consisting of an excellent watermill and windmill, with flour mills, machinery and going gears complete, now in full trade. Also a good substantial built Dwelling-house lately fitted up, with a well planted garden and 4 acres of excellent meadow land adjoining, and a chaise house, granaries, stable, waggon lodge, piggeries and other suitable Buildings. The Machinery in the Mills are recently built and the Mills are capable of manufacturing 7 lasts of corn per week.
Barnham Broom is situate in a fine corn country, 4 miles form Wymondham, 7 from Dereham and only 9 from Norwich, all good corn markets.
The Land Tax is 24s. per annum and there is no other annual out going whatsoever.
Possession may be had at Michaelmas next and a moiety of the purchase money (if required) may remain upon Mortgage for a term of years.
Apply to Mr. John Steadman, the Proprietor, at Barnham Broom Mills, near Wymondham, Mr. George Shafto, Millwright, St. Martin's at Oak, Norwich, or Mr. S. Gilman, Solicitor, Hingham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 10th October 1818

Hellesdon St. Clement's mill was again for sale or auction in November 1820 and February 1821. George Shafto was one of the executors of the estate of William Page, landlord of the Rose Inn, where the mill had been auctioned.

William Primrose was the miller at Hellesdon St. Clement's mill at the time of William Page's death. As well as being a millwright George Shafto was also a churchwarden at St. Martin's at Oak church.

ALL persons indebted to the late Mr. WILLIAM PAGE, of the Rose Inn, St. Augustine's, Norwich, are requested to pay their respective Debts to his Executors, Mr. George Shafto, or Mr. W. Primrose, of Norwich, within one month from this date, or legal proceedings will be taken against them for recovery thereof.
Nov. 23d, 1820.
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th October 1820


George Shafto died on the 30th October 1821 and his wife died on 2nd October 1822.

DIED

Tuesday last, after a long illness, aged 47, Mr. George Shafto, many years a respectable millwright, of St. Martin's at Oak.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd November 1821

DIED

Wednesday last, aged 42, Mrs. Mary Shafto, relict of the late Mr. George Shafto, millwright, of St. Martins at Oak.
Norfolk Chronicle - 5th October 1822

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