Hilgay
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Mill site off Holt's Lane c.1900
Mill site off Holt's Lane c.1900

Hilgay steam mill stood just to the North of Holt's Lane on the northwest side of the village.

JOHN WHITTOME
Wheel & Millwright, Joiner & General Smith
Thanks his friends for their patronage during the last 30 years & solicits a continuance of their commands in the above branches of business.
Steam & Horse machines of all kinds carefully attended to.
Agricultural Implements of the most approved principles built or repaired.
Joiners & Smiths work of every description.
Timbers sawn by steam power.

Lynn Advertiser - 13th October 1866

Sawmill in foreground with steam mill behind c.1900 Sawpit in foreground with steam mill behind c.1900
Sawmill in foreground with steam mill behind c.1900
Sawpit in foreground with steam mill behind c.1900

John Whittome died in 1891 and was buried in Hilgay churchyard, to the south of the church. The distinctive headstone bore the carving of a large tower windmill with a stage, possibly Denver and was inscribed:
In loving memory of
John Whittome
died May 10th 1891
aged 74 years
also of
Elizabeth his wife
died March 31st 1894
aged 76 years
God is love

Mill site off Holt's Lane c.1900
Mill site off Holt's Lane c.1900

Boiler house and engine room with steam mill behind c.1966 Steam mill with workshop to the side c.1966
Boiler house and engine room with steam mill behind c.1966
Steam mill with workshop to the side c.1966

1868: John Whittome, miller & millwright

1872: John Whittome, miller & millwright

White's 1883: John Whittome, corn miller, wheelwright, engineer, millwright, iron and brass founder and smith

10th May 1891: John Whittome died aged 74 and was buried in Hilgay churchyard

31st March 1894: John Whittombe's wife Elizabeth died at the age of 76

Kelly's 1896: George Whittome, engineer, millwright, machinist, smith & miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1900: George Whittome, engineer, millwright, machinist, smith & miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1904: George Whittome, engineer, millwright, machinist, smith & miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1908: George Whittome, wheelwright, engineer, millwright, machinist, smith & miller (steam & water)

2010: George Whittome's industrial complex now a small housing estate known as Whittome Mill

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