Loddon Mill
River Chet


June 1967
June 1967


Although Domesday listed a mill at Loddon it would have almost certainly been on a different site. Loddon watermill was sometimes known as Chedgrave mill and is one of the earliest recorded buildings in the town.
It was built of weatherboard with a pantiled roof and was situated quite close to the centre of the town.


c.1900
c.1900

When the mill was built it was found that the best position for the mill involved diverting the river Chet to the south of its natural course. This involved considerable effort and expense and it has been noted that in times of severe flood the river will attempt to flow via its original channel. The name Loddon translates as muddy river in the Celtic language.


1900 c.1932
1900
c.1932

One of the earlier known millers was William Burton snr who was born in Colton c.1774 and was left money by his maternal grandfather to pay for his apprenticeship.

He first married Sarah King but there are virtually no known details of this liason. On 17th May 1813, he married his second wife Mary Rush in Loddon. William and Mary had eight children - Sarah Ann Burton bapt 8th July 1803; William Burton bapt 5th May 1803 (died soon after birth); William Burton jnr bapt 27th June 1809 Loddon; Esther Burton born c.1823 Loddon.

William jnr worked as miller with his father for many years. He married Elizabeth Napp (born c.1818) on 25th December 1837 at Loddon. Before Elizabeth died (buried 18th August 1840), they had one child, Elizabeth, who went on to marry Arthur Trollope at Newton Flotman on 11th May 1858. She died at New Lakenham 17 years later on 23rd April 1875.

William Burton snr. died in 1852 and was buried in Loddon churchyard beside 2nd wife Mary and 2 daughters Martha and Esther.
William left instructions that both the towermill and the watermill along with the land should be sold with £1,000 of the proceeds to be invested in government stock.


Burton
family tree

c.1940 Early 1960s
c.1940
Early 1960s

To be SOLD
A Very good WATER-MILL, WIND-MILL, DWELLING-HOUSE & about nine Acres of Land at Loddon in Norfolk. The situation of the above Watermill is so well known, that it is needless to point it out to the Public.
For Particulars apply to Messrs. FOSTER, SON & UNTHANK, Attornies in Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd May 1784


Faden's map 1797
Faden's map 1797

Bryant's map 1826
Bryant's map 1826

Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co's horse waggon c.1905 Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co's traction engine in 1905
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co's horse waggon c.1905
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co's traction engine in 1905

Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co's traction engine in 2005
Model of Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co's traction engine in 2005

To be SOLD by AUCTION
By Richard BACON
On Monday 19 July Instant at 3 o'c in the Afternoon at the Rampant Horse in St. Stephens.
A Very good WATERMILL, Windmill, Dwelling-house & about nine Acres of Land in Loddon in Norfolk.
For Particulars apply to Messrs. FOSTER, SON & UNTHANK, Attornies in Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd, 10th, & 17th July 1784


NORFOLK MANORS, ESTATES & C
THE FOLLOWING VALUABLE ESTATES CONSISTING OF MANORS, FARMS, PARCELS OF LAND, MILLS, DWELLING HOUSES AND OTHER PROPERTY
in Loddon, Kirby Cane, Little Plumpstead, Hetherset And Adjoin Towns in Norfolk
Chiefley let to most respectable tenants from year to year, or on leases nearly expired
To be SOLD BY AUCTION BY BAILEY BIRD At the Kings Head in the Market Place on Saurday the 26th day of November 1808 precisely at Three o'clock in the Afternoon in the undermentioned Lots by order of the Assignees OF THOMAS ALLDAY KERRISON a Bankrupt
Lot 8
A Dwelling House, and substantial Water Mill and wind_mill, in the best repair in Loddon, and nearly 10 acres of good arable and meadow land, in the occupation of Mr William Burton.
Auction of Property of Thomas Allday Kerrison, Bankrupt - November 1808


c.1908 c.1910
c.1908
c.1910
Two early pictures taken from the Chedgrave side. Both show the 'smut box' just to the right of the mill, this filtered out the chaff etc. from the air, like an extractor fan.  The steam engine house and its chimney are set further back.  On the left of the right hand photo is the HQ of Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Ltd.

Traction engine in river c.1912
Traction engine in river c.1912

Tithe Award 1841
Map by W. G. Jones
Owner: Rev. John Gilbert
Occupier: Nelson Hayward

No. 423
No. 579
No. 582
No. 609

House Watermill & yards
Mill Meadow
do
Mill & Field

 



4a. 0r. 32p.

Pt. £1. 4. 9 to Vicar
17.8 to Imprs.


LODDON MILLS
To be Let on LEASE from April 6, 1853
A BRICK_TOWER_MILL and a WATER MILL with Dwelling House, Barn, Stable and about 10a. of Land
Application to be made by letter stamped and directed to A.B. to be left at the Post Office, Loddon.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th December 1852


WSM's workmen at the staithe c.1920
WSM's workmen at the staithe c.1920

SITUATIONS VACANT
To Millers
WANTED, a steady active married Man to see after a small Water Mill and make himself generally useful.
Apply to J. Feltham, Loddon Mill
Norfolk News - 5th October 1861

To Millers
WANTED, a steady respectable Man that has a good knowledge of his Business.
Apply to J. Feltham, Norwich Corn Hall.

Norfolk News - 15th June 1872

Situations Vacant
TO MILLERS
Wanted, a steady honest Married Man to take the General Work of a small Water Mill.
Apply to J. Feltham, Loddon Mills or at Corn Hall, Norwich.

Norfolk News - 16th October 1875

Jonathan Feltham, Deceased.
Notice re claim on Estate of Jonathan Feltham formerly of Loddon & late of Sizeland, Miller & Farmer, who died on or about 7 July 1878, to Surviving Executor, Mary Ann Feltham; will proved 17 August 1878.

Overbury & Gilbert, Solrs. to said Executors.
Norfolk Chronicle - 10th April 1880

O.S. Map 1890 - 1891
O.S. Map 1890 - 1891
Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey
The above map clearly shows the river above the mill taking a sharp turn to the southeast before flowing in a straight line to the mill. Prior to this new cut being made, the river's course was basically east to west and the new mill was built to the south of the original watercourse. Both Faden's map of 1797 and Bryant's map of 1826 show the river flowing along its original course with no mill.

Arthur Charles Sadd b.1854 Henstead, Suffolk, was one of the founders of Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Ltd. and in 1901 was living lived at The Beeches, Loddon. He was married to Anna Ellen Cross born c.1857 Hatherleigh, Devonshire.

WSM brochure

WSM brochure   WSM brochure

27th August 1912
27th August 1912

27th August 1912   27th August 1912 with the auger casing exposed
27th August 1912
 
27th August 1912 with the auger casing exposed

The great flood that took place after torrential rain on 27th and 28th August 1912 devastated the area around Loddon along with the rest of Norfolk. At about midnight on the 27th a section of the roadway next to the mill was washed away and part of the bridge caved in soon afterwards. The mill itself was in serious danger of collapse as more and more of the road and bridge beside the mill were washed away. A gang of 40 men worked to try and preserve as much of the area around the mill's foundations as possible and succeeded in saving the mill.


Soon after Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. took over in the late 1880s they installed a coal fired steam engine and a roller mill, although the stones remained for grist grinding. At this time sacks of grain were carried on men's shoulders from the four granaries on the north bank of the river. It was soon realised that this method was far from ideal and so a worm conveyor (auger) was installed, passing under the road to connect the mill with the granaries. This required the construction of an elevator within the mill building that in turn meant raising part of the roof at the north end of the mill. The auger casing is clearly seen in photos of the 1912 floods that washed much of the road away.

In 1900 Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. were officially reprimanded by the local council for using a steam whistle for summoning or dismissing their workforce. Apparently the council had not given permission, which meant Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. were in breach of the Factories (Steam Whistles) Act of 1872.



Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. used wherries for transporting various commodities along the navigable section of the Chet and together with Case & Steward (corn & seed merchants) were responsible for dredging the river to improve navigation to the staithe. Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. built up a fleet of Norfolk wherries including the Benjamin, Orion, The Lowestoft Trader and Ursa Minor. They also had three iron wherries, the Sirius, Uranus and Vega. Their sails were removed after the first world war and they were then towed by tugs.

Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. also excavated a turning area for wherries just below the mill. The local children used it as a swimming area and visiting wherries were charged a shilling to turn there. Some would put their mast down to get under the chain barrier and turn for free under the cover of darkness. The last wherry to bring coal to Loddon was the Plane in 1934. It was owned by the Yarmouth Shipping Co. and skippered by George "Nolly" Farrow. Later the Plane's name was changed to the Albion and is still sailing the Broads in 2003.

The wherries brought in a variety of products. Coal came in from Yarmouth and was graded before being sold in Loddon and the surrounding area for 1/- or 1/1d per cwt.



In 1928 the mill was finally converted to electricity and used to husk trefoil, a type of clover that was brought in from Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. The ground husks were quality inspected under a microscope to ensure the seed had not been chipped, otherwise it would not grow. The seeds were mainly exported to Germany where they were planted to produce animal feed and act as a legume crop to increase the Nitrogen content of the soil. Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. became the largest red clover (trefoil) dehusking plant in the country.


Tailrace in 1953

East Anglian Times - Monday August 3rd 1942
East Anglian Times - Monday August 3rd 1942

My grandfather Henry Edwin Sadd was a partner in the firm Woods Sadd Moore & Co Ltd along with his brother Arthur Charles Sadd.
I have a postcard from my G-Father to my mother in which he stated in part
"Also just heard that the B huns have got us (Woods Sadd and Moore).  Office gone near Thorpe, Nothing left not even a sheet of paper, also Office on Hill and the Granary at Thorpe but not Thorpe Station."
This explains the "fire" referred to in the newspaper.

John Corbishley, Canada - 4th August 2006


October 1970   Mill house and restaurant c.1977
October 1970
 
Mill house and restaurant c.1977

The mill carried on with grist and small scale flour production along with the dehusking of an annual crop of trefoil until 1968, when it was closed and sold by the Gilberts of Chedgrave Manor Estate. It's new owner decommissioned it but quickly agreed to reconnect the electricity supply and rent the mill out on a temporary basis when the new season's crop of trefoil suddenly arrived.



The truncated steam chimney
The truncated steam chimney
27th July 1983

LODDON MILL
FOR SALE FREEHOLD
With the benefit of Planning consent
For conversion to Restaurant and the
Sale of Antiques

This is an old cornmill, distinctively clad in white boarding standing over the River Chet in Loddon, ten miles south of Norwich. Loddon has become a centre for boating enthusiasts and is developing in popularity.
The mill consists of a four-storey wooden-clad building on four floors, with a slated roof and mill race below. It is offered as it stands, including all the original machinery and equipment.
The brick boiler house at the rear is not included in the sale and is in separate ownership, as is the cottage to one side.
The ground floor areas are approximately as follows:
GROUND FLOOR Main room 48' x 20' plus two or three smaller rooms, w.c.
FIRST FLOOR 30' 6" x 25' and 22' 8" x 14' average
SECOND FLOOR 26' x 20'
THIRD FLOOR 26' x 20'
OUTSIDE A small triangular piece of land suitable for parking three or four cars N.B. A free public car park is immediately opposite.
Planning consent has been obtained for restaurant use on two floors and for the retail sale of antiques from the property. Detailed drawings have not been made, the application for consent was in outline only.
The price for the freehold with vacant possession is:-
£14,000, good offers considered.
The key may be obtained from this office by prior arrangement
Mills Warner & Coe - Property Particulars, 1st July 1975

After standing empty and deteriorating for a time, the mill was externally repaired and repainted in 1970.

In 1975 Norman Chalk and Neville Codling converted the building into a restaurant at an estimated cost of £10,000 - £15,000. Planning permission limited the restaurant to a maximum of 40 covers.


French burr stones 18th June 2003   Runner stone
2 pairs of original French burr stones 18th June 2003
 
Runner stone

The two pairs of stones pictured above were plated W. J. & T. Child. Makers. Hull & Leeds.


I was on holiday in the broads 12 years ago my friend and I were looking round the mill, it was a wednesday morning, there was a husband and wife working there and a man working up in the attics. I was with my friend Lindsay and we were shown to the toilets next to the restaurant (It was closed). The light bulb had gone in the ladies so we were asked to use the gents, I turned my back to look at a picture (few seconds) I turned round to see a man in grey trousers and a blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up walking DOWN the stairs waving. I did not see his face but remember smiling to myself.
About 2 minutes later the owner appeared from UPSTAIRS and made me jump. It seems there were only 5 of us in the building so who or where the man came from, well it was a mystery.
I even went down to see the owners wife who confirmed nobody had come past her, I asked about the man in the attics, he did not match the description.
We left the mill a short time later.
I telephoned home on the Friday night and to my horror was reluctantly told my Grandad who I adored, had passed away on the Wednesday morning, I was collecting him from hospital on the Saturday to take him home with me and my husband to convalesce from a chest infection.
The man I saw was my grandad, it had to be, coming to say farewell to me.
He was called John Walter Holland.
Has anyone else seen him? It would be nice to know.
It has been twelve years since he passed away (8th July) and I still miss him.

Cheryl Cox- 15th July 2004


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

I grew up in the 1930's and 40's frequently visiting my grandparents at Chedgrave Lodge, my grandfather Richard Sutton who built it in 1900, became director of Wood Sadd Moore who owned the mill at that time. I often went with him to the mill, when he visited and to this day I can recall the character of the noise the sacks and smell, a dusty sweet smell, and the staircases going up and up, and the cats, kept there to catch the vermin. All our surpless kittens went to the mills. One old cat we had was taken to Lingwood mill, after months she turned up back at our house having walked back from Lingwood to Gorleston where we lived. My father Alec Sutton grew up at Chedgrave Lodge and by the 1940's was a director of Wood Sadd Moore. I believe my grandfather worked for Cannells the seed merchants in Chedgrave firstly.
Mrs S. A. Cox - 9th December 2009


I am the great granddaughter of Alfred Woods of Loddon, Lowestoft and Beccles. I saw the Mill some years ago when it was a restaurant and was shown over the building. My father, Francis Maitland Woods was the son of William Maitland Woods, the son of Alfred. He was named after his uncle, Francis Cunningham Woods.
William Mattland Woods went as a Missionary to Thursday Island after Oxford, then to Australia before enlisting in the Light Horse as Chaplain. He died in 1927 in Hawaii. My father Francis Maitland, also enlisted in the Light Horse and then lived in Sydney, Australia.
I am his elder daughter and use my maiden name. I have eight photos of the mill taken at around the time of the flood, including one of the tractor in your article Elizabeth Woods.

Elizabeth Woods - 5th December 2011


9th September 2003 9th September 2003 with the steam shed to the rear
9th September 2003
9th September 2003 with the steam shed to the rear

Wooden toothed gearwheels beside the road 9th Sept 2003
Wooden toothed gearwheels beside the road 9th Sept 2003

I am the great grandson of Alfred Woods. My grandfather, Alex Girvan, FRCS Edinburgh, married Alfred's daughter, Delia Woods, by whom he had a son, Ian Waveney Girvan, my father, who died in 1964.
Ian Aleaxander Girvan - 20th September 2012


My name is Steven Pitcher and I have been a residant of Loddon most of my life, my story about Loddon mill took place around 1986/87, I am 33 now (Jan 2013) so I was about 7 or 8 years old.
At the time the mill was a restaurant and we had gone there for a meal as it was my birthday, both me and my brother (Gary 2 years younger) needed the toilet so we both made our way down to the mens, we walked down and directly opposite was the door to the toilet but to the right the room opened up and was littered with unused equipment and various random things (covered in dust and being young we were intrigued) our attention was drawn to two pictures hanging on the wall, which at the time I remember thinking that it was odd to have pictures hanging in an old dusty store room. We then went into the toilet and when washing our hands we both heard two loud noises a split second apart which sounded like glass smashing, we exited the toilet and saw that these two pictures we had been looking at had both fallen down and smashed! (to which we ran like the wind back up the stairs to our parents) I never saw anything or anyone in there but it was very odd how and why these pictures just fell off the wall on thier own and one straight after the other.
The reason I contacted you is that I was working the night shift few years ago and the subject got on to ghosts and ghoulies, I told my story and my work mate (who I dont think believed me) went online and brought up this web page, we scrolled down and saw the story by Cheryl Cox... after reading it out we were both left a bit opened mouth as both stories were quite simular to one another (same location exactly and involving a picture), I'm not trying to dispell any comfort Cheryl may have got that she thought it may be her grand father saying fairwell but my experience happened 15 years previous... Was this a coincidence, the same spirit, whichever or whatever the explainations it still seems very odd indeed.
I hope you enjoyed hearing of my experience , it was reassuring to read someone had shared a simular one.

Steven Pitcher - 7th January 2013


White's 1836: John Chapman, corn & coal dealer

White's 1845: Samuel Wright, millwright

White's 1854: Samuel Wright, millwright

Kelly's 1892: Charlotte Chapman (Mrs.), pork butcher
Kelly's 1892: William Chapman jun, baker & highway surveyor

Kelly's 1896: Charlotte Chapman (Mrs.), pork butcher
Kelly's 1896: William Chapman jun, baker & confectionr. agents for Morgan's Brewery Co. Ltd

Kelly's 1900: Charlotte Chapman (Mrs.), pork butcher

Kelly's 1900:
William Chapman jun, dealer in corn, flour, pollards, meals, malt & hops; agent for Morgan's Brewery Col. Lim. ale & porter merchants

Kelly's 1904:
William Chapman jun, wine, spirit, ale & porter merchant & dealer in corn, flour, pollards, meals, malt & hops; agent for Morgan's Brewery Co. Lim.; & poultry farmer, Chedgrave

Kelly's 1908:
William Chapman jun, wine, spirit, ale & porter merchant & dealer in corn, flour, pollards, meals, malt & hops; agent for Morgan's Brewery Co. Lim.; & poultry farmer, Chedgrave

Loddon Index of Wills 1584: Robert Poole

Loddon Index of Wills 1706: Henry Hunt

May 1784: Mill advertised for sale along with windmill

July 1784: Mill advertised for sale by auction along with windmill

1808: Mill owner, Thomas Allday Kerrison, bankrupt

1808: William Burton, miller

November 1808: Mill advertised for sale by auction along with windmill

White's 1836: William Burton, corn miller - also at Mill Road towermill

Tithe Award 1841:
Owner: Rev. John Gilbert; Occupier: Nelson Hayward

Census 1841:

William Burton (65) miller
Mary Burton (65)
William Burton (30)
Martha Burton (20)
Esther Burton (15) son

Elizabeth Burton (10 mnths)
Samuel Alexander (20), miller
George Burton (30)
Susannah Burton (30) wife
George Burton (5)
David Burton (3)
Jane Burton (3)

White's 1845: William Burton, corn miller - also at Mill Road towermill

Hunt's 1850: William Burton, miller - also at Mill Road towermill

Census 1851: William Burton snr. (77), master miller employing 4 men. Wife Mary (75), William jnr. (41), Esther (28), Elizabeth (10) daughter of William jnr. Also living at the mill William Pyle and William Nobbs (millers servants)

1852: William Burton snr. died and is buried at Loddon beside 2nd wife Mary and 2 daughters Martha and Esther.
William left instructions that both the towermill and the watermill along with the land should be sold with £1,000 to be invested in government stock

December 1852: Mill advertised to be let along with windmill

White's 1854: John Chapman, corn miller & farmer

1858: William Chapman, miller

1860: William Chapman, miller

1861: Jonathan Feltham, miller - also Loddon towermill in Mill Road

Census 1861: Mary Burton, retired miller, living next door to the mill with Martha (42) and Esther (38)

White's 1864: Jonathan Feltham, corn miller (ex Lakenham Peafield towermill)

1871: Jonathan Feltham, farmer of 95 acres, also miller employing 5 labourers and 2 boys

1875: Jonathan Feltham, miller - also Loddon towermill in Mill Road

Harrod's 1878: William Chapman

July 1878: Jonathan Feltham died

Kelly's 1879: William Chapman & Son, millers & corn, seed & coal merchsants & farmers, Loddon mills

Census 1881: William Chapman (44) b. Loddon, miller & farmer of 55 acres, employing 7 men, Old Mill Loke - site of smock mill; Charlotte Chapman (50) wife b. Framlingham; Anna Martha Chapman (23); John Chapman (20) assistant chemist; Sarah Jane Chapman (18); Henry Arthur Chapman (16) clerk; Frederick Chapman (13); Edward Chapman (10) scholar; Charles Chapman (8) scholar; Ernest George Chapman (6) scholar

White's 1883:
William Chapman, miller (Wm. & Son), and surveyor
William Chapman jun. miller (Wm. & Son), and secy. to Cricket Club
William Chapman & Son, millers & corn, coal, seed, cake, malt, hops, etc. merchants, manure agents, farmers, vessel owners, wharfingers and water carriers, Loddon Mills.

1888: William Chapman, miller

Kelly's 1892:
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Limited, agricultural seed merchnts, (seeds specially machine cleaned), wool staplers, maltsters & millers (steam, wind and water), cake merchants; agents for Anglo-Continental manures; & at Lowestoft - also at Mill Road postmill

Kelly's 1896:
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Limited, agricultural seed merchants, (seeds specially machine cleaned), wool staplers, maltsters & millers (steam, wind and water), cake merchants; agents for Anglo-Continental manures; & at Lowestoft & Yarmouth - also at Mill Road postmill

Kelly's 1900:
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Limited, agricultural seed merchants, (seeds specially machine cleaned, wool staplers, maltsters & roller flour mills (steam), cake merchants; agents for Anglo-Continental manures & Bibby's celebrated cakes & meals; & Lowestoft, Yarmouth & Homersfield

Kelly's 1904:
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Limited, agricultural seed merchants, (seeds specially machine cleaned), wool staplers, maltsters & roller flour mills (steam), cake merchants; agents for Anglo-Continental manures & Bibby's celebrated cakes & meals; & Lowestoft, Yarmouth & Homersfield

Kelly's 1908:
Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Limited, agricultural seed merchants, (first-class large seed cleaning plant, especially for clover, suckling & trefoil) wool staplers, maltsters & roller flour mills (steam), oil cake & barley merchants; agents for Bibby's celebrated cakes & meals (T A "Sadd" T N 18); & Lowestoft; Yarmouth & Homersfield

Kelly's 1922: Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Ltd., barley, seed & wool merchants

seeds and grain cleaning plant; head office, 12 Thorpe road, Norwich (T N's 1490 Norwich & 18 Loddon; Telegrams, "Export, Norwich" & "Sadd, Loddon, Norfolk"); warehouses: Norwich (near Thorpe station), Loddon (Norfolk) Great Yarmouth & Homersfield; stations: Norwich (Thorpe) (GER) , Loddon & Ditchingham (GER)

Kelly's 1925: Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Ltd., barley & seed merchants
seeds and grain cleaning plant; head office, 12 Thorpe road, Norwich (T N's 1490 Norwich & 18 Loddon; Telegrams, "Export, Norwich" & "Sadd, Loddon, Norfolk"); warehouses: Norwich (near Thorpe station), Loddon (Norfolk) Great Yarmouth & Homersfield; stations: Norwich (Thorpe) (L.&N.E.R.), Loddon & Ditchingham (L.&N.E.R.)

1928: Mill converted to electricity and used to grind trefoil

Kelly's 1933: Woods, Sadd, Moore
& Co. Ltd., barley, seed & wool merchants
& egg packers under the National Mark Scheme; head office, 12 Thorpe road, Norwich. Telephone, Norwich 1490; Telegrams, "Export, Norwich"


Kelly's 1937: Woods, Sadd, Moore & Co. Ltd., barley, seed & wool merchants
& egg packers under the National Mark Scheme; head office, 12 Thorpe road, Norwich. Telegrams, "Export, Norwich;" Telephone, Norwich 1490

1968: Mill ceased operation

1970: Mill externally repaired and repainted

14th April 1975: South Norfolk DC granted planning permission to convert the mill into a restaurant

1975: Norman Chalk and Neville Codling converted and then opened the mill as a restaurant

2003: Private dwelling and split into two separate residential units

October 2004: Mill advertised for sale by Potter & Co. at a guide price of £249,000 for one of the two sections

2007: Mill being run as a wellbeing centre offering a variety of alternative medical remedies

2010: Andrew Walter, Mill House and 2 engine rooms at back of mill - hosting live comedy & arts events


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