watermill site has not yet been located but it was described as being
in somewhere in the region of Brandiston, Booton and Cawston Woodrow and
was built in the early 1730s by the Norwich millwright Robert
Briggs. It was possibly an estate mill as it was built to let rather
than built to be run by the person who commissioned the building.
This is to give Notice, that there is now to be lett a Mill called
Branson Mill, near Gooton or Cawston-Woodrow in Norfolk being new built,
with an Overshot Wheel 18 feet high, one Pair of Stones at Work, and another
Pair as soon as Time will admit, and a Flower-Mill to go by water along
with her. Inquire of Mr. Robert
Briggs, Mill-Wright, near the White Lion in Magdalen-Street in Norwich.
This is to give Notice that a Water Mill lately built, commonly called
Brandiston Mill, near Cawston Wood-row, is now to Lett to grind Corn,
or for any other Business that may be required: It is an over-shot Mill,
the Wheel Eighteen Feet high, allowed to be the Best in Norfolk: She may
be leased out for Fourteen Years. Inquire of Mr. Robert
Briggs, Carpenter and Millwright, in Magdalen Street in Norwich. and
also that the said Mr. Robert
Briggs has several Sorts of Wheels fit for Horse-Mills, Wind-Mills,
or Water-mills to be sold very reasonably.
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