Glandford Mill
River Glaven


Drainage Windpumps
Steam Mills

c.1907 and newly rebuilt
c.1907 and newly rebuilt

Glandford watermill was built c.1907 using flint from local gravel pits and had probably not long been rebuilt when the above picture was taken. The mill was not mentioned in Domesday but was certainly mentioned in the 17th century.

In 1824, the miller, William Cooke wrote a letter stating that at times, the tides at his mill used to pass through the water wheel into the mill dam beyond. This happened virtually daily until 1823 and in earlier times it is probable that in times of high tides, sea water came in as far as Bayfield.

The mill dam in 1946 1946
The mill dam in 1946

May 1967
May 1967

In 1907 it was owned by Sir Alfred Jodrell of Bayfield Hall who kept it well maintained. Sir Alfred was a great public benefactor, he virtually rebuilt the entire parish and sent weekly gifts of vegetables to the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital plus chickens and turkeys at Christmas. He took a great interest in the administration of his estates and restoring old churches.

Due to injuries received in the first world war Horace Robert Revell was unable to return to his employment as butler to Sir Alfred Jodrell, so he went into business with a man named Holbrook and they ran Glandford Mill. The mill eventually went out of business and Horace moved to Marham as a poultryman for a farmer named Brown.

April 1956 May 1967
April 1956
May 1967

By S. Chapman At the New Inn, Holt, Norfolk
On Monday 27 September at 4 o’c
(By the Order of the Assignees of Mr. Samuel Copland)

Lot 1. All that capital POST_WINDMILL_situate_in_Holt aforesaid, with a spacious roundhouse, two pair of French stones, flour mill & jumper with going gears complete. ALSO an unexpired term of 17 years in the Piece of LAND containing one acre & upwards, on part of which the mill stands. The above Mill has been recently rebuilt & is replete with every convenience & adapted for carrying on an extensive trade, having easy communication with the ports of Blakeney & Cley, from whence flour is shipped by regular trades to London, Newcastle, Hull, Leeds, Wakefield & other places.

Lot 2. An unexpired term of 17 years in a lease of a Brick & tile Yard … dwelling house …

Holt is a considerable market town & the neighbourhood is populous & respectable & the whole concern form an eligible situation for a man of property as it commands an excellent trade both in the mealing & brick & tile trade.

Apply to Mr. Withers, jun, Solr. Holt, Mr. Jas,. Chapman, Bungay, or to Mr. Wm. Cook, Glandford Mills, near Holt.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th, 11th & 25th September 1819

To Millers
To be Let With Possession at Michaelmas next
A Capital POST WINDMILL with two pairs of French stones, flour mill, jumper & roundhouse, with two floors, together with a good Dwelling house, contiguous garden etc. situate in the parish of Hindringham.
Apply (if by letter post paid) to Mr. C. Cooke & Son, Glandford near Holt.

Norfolk Chronicle - 21st July 1827

By the time it was sold in 1969 the wheel had gone and the mill was used as a store. However, it was subsequently sympathetically converted into a residence and in 1971 was also used in the running of a fish farming business. On 19th November 1974 the Easten Daily Press reported that Robin Combe of Bayfield Fish Farm had lost £15,000 - £20,000 of rainbow trout due to heavy rain and flooding.


23rd March 2003
23rd March 2003

Mill dam drained to allow for mill repairs 9th April 2012 Mill dam drained to allow for mill repairs 9th April 2012
Mill dam drained to allow for mill repairs 9th April 2012

16th December 2012
16th December 2012

O. S. Map 1886

O. S. Map 1886
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

White's 1836: William Cooke, chief constable

16th December 1796: "Some poor people stopt loades of flour at Sherington belonging to 2 Rouse of Glanford going to Lynn."

Faden's map 1797: Glanford Mill

1819: William Cook, miller

1824: William Cooke

1827: Mr. C. Cook & Sons

White's 1836: Catherine Cooke & Sons, corn millers

Hindringham Tithe Award 1839: William Cooke listed as owner of Hindringham postmill

White's 1845: W. & R. Cooke

Census 1851: William Cook (62) employing 5 men
Robins Cook (21) son
Barnard Beans (62) journeyman miller
Benjamin Beans (19) miller's carter (son)
Francis High (27) journeyman miller
James Long (47) miller's carter

White's 1864: Robins Cooke jnr

Kelly's 1883: Robins Cooke

Kelly's 1896: Robins Cooke, farmer, corn merchant and coal merchant

Kelly's 1900: Robins Cooke

Census 1901: Samuel Bush, journeyman miller, living with wife Maria in Cley Road, Glandford.
Samuel grandfather of Samuel Bush at Bintry mill in 1950s

Kelly's 1922: Holbrook & Revell

Kelly's 1925: Edward Cracknell

Kelly's 1937: Wiliam Robert West

1969: Mill sold - wheel gone and the mill used as a store

1971: Fish farming business being run on the site

19th November 1974: £15,000 - £20,000 of rainbow trout lost due to heavy rain and flooding.

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