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Acle post mill stood on the west side of the town and was dismantled to make way for the later
Acle towermill. The mill ran two pairs of French burr stones.

To be SOLD
A VERY good double-seated WINDMILL situated at Acle in Norfolk, with all the Materials thereto belonging.
For further Particulars enquire of Mr. William BOTWRIGHT, Miller at Acle aforesaid.

Norwich Mercury - 19th September 1767

To be SOLD at Acle
A WIND-MILL with two Pair of Stones & all the materials in good Repair.
Enquire of William BOTWRIGHT of the said Parish of Acle.

Norwich Mercury - 17th October 1767

To be SOLD, a double WINDMILL, well situated for Business in the Retail way, with all her Appurtenances thereto belonging in good Repair, standing at Acle in Norfolk. Also 4 Acres of Freehold Land laying near the Mill.
For further Particulars enquire of Mr. William BOTWRIGHT, Miller at the said Mill.

Norwich Mercury - 23rd & 30th April, 7th, 14th & 21st May 1768

Sun Fire Insurance Policy No. 279424:
5 Jan. 1770: John Bane of Acle in Norfolk, Miller. On his Windmill only in Acle aforesaid £100.00 Indorsed to John Gambling of Sepingham in the Co. of Norfolk as Mortgagee. Entered 5 Jan. 1770. (Vol. 195)

BEAN, John

Will dated 7 January 1782
Proved at Norwich 19 January 1790

Executors:- James WIGG

George BAKER
) Both Gentleman of Acle
Windmill, House, Household Goods etc. to sons John & James equally or to survivor if either not attaining 21 years.
When James 21, Mill etc. to be valued. John to take the Mill paying James half the Valuation.

John Bane's will of 1782 bequeathed the mill to his son, John Bane who was then obliged to give half of its value to his brother James Bane. In 1797 James Bane took over Martham postmill.

The mill was sold by auction in 1821 the Queen's Head in Acle and was advertised as having been lately rebuilt with a large roundhouse, two pairs of French stones and a flour mill.

To Millers.
To be Sold by Auction. On Tuesday 24 July instant At the Queens Head Inn, Acle at 5 o'c.
(unless sooner Disposed of by Private Contract of which due notice will be given)
A Capital POST WINDMILL lately rebuilt, situate in the parish of Acle in the county of Norfolk, with a large roundhouse, two pair of French stones, flour mill etc. all in most excellent repair & in full trade, nearly adjoining the turnpike road leading from Norwich to Yarmouth (two exceeding good corn markets) & is within a mile of the navigation to both those places & late in the occupation of Mr. W. CURLL, the proprietor, deceased.
Possession may be had Immediately.
Apply, if by letter post paid, to Mr. John RANSOME of Rollesby or to Mrs. CURLL of Acle aforesaid.

Norfolk Chronicle - 14th July 1821

Acle map 1633: Mill in Mill Lane

19th September 1767: Mill advertised for sale as a
double-sailed windmill

1767-68: William Botwright, miller

21st May 1768: Mill advertised for sale as a double sailed windmill with 4 acres of freehold land

1770: John Bane snr, miller

Bowles map 1775: Mill

1782: John Bane snr made a will with the stated occupation of the miller of Acle

2nd February 1788: A John Bane became contracted as an apprentice to Robert Curl for a period of five years

13th January 1790: John Bane snr's will proved

1790: John Bane jnr, miller

Faden's map 1797: Acle Wind Mill

1821: W. Curll, miller

1821: Mill sold by auction at the Queen's Head in Acle after the death of W. Curll

Bryant's map 1826: Mill

Greenwood's map 1834: Mill

c.1836: Mill demolished to be replaced by Acle towermill

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