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Alburgh post mill had a single storey roundhouse and a tailpole. The mill was powered by two common sails and two double shuttered patent sails, each with 7 bays of 3 shutters and 1 bay of 2 shutters.

The mill was almost certainly Hardwick_west_postmill that had been brought the 4 miles to Alburgh on a trolley by its builder, millwright Stephen Cox c.1826, which would mean that it was probably erected to replace an earlier mill.

Stephen Cox the millwright was born c.1815 at Mendham and in 1841, 1851 and 1871 worked as a miller. He was living at Hardwick c.1864 and in 1869 and 1871 was living at Aldburgh and was also a farmer. No other reference found to him working as a millwright. His son, Stephen Cox the miller was born at Woodham Mortimer, Essex in 1850.


Wanted a single man as Miller. Apply R. C. Harvey, Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk.
Ipswich Journal - 9th March 1816

Tithe Award 1843
Map, Newton & Woodrow, Norwich, 1840
Owner Charlotte SUTTON
Occupier John BARBER

No. 77
Windmill
Pasture
34p
9d
No 78/82
House etc
 
7a. 0r. 32p
£2 1s 3d

It appears that Robert Harvey and Edward Hill were involved in the running of several mills including Alburgh postmill, Wortwell Mil Hill postmill, Wortwell postmill and Wortwell watermill.


Commission of bankruptcy against
Robert Crytoft HARVEY of Alburgh
Edward HILL of Wortwell
Millers, Flour Merchants, Dealers & Chapman, co-partners in Trade to surrender 26 January instant.

Norfolk Chronicle - 7th January 1826

Commission of Bankrupt dated 24 Dec. 1825 against Robert Crytoft Harvey, of Alburgh, Co. of Norfolk, and Edward Hill, of Wortwell, said Co., Millers and Flour Merchants. Accounts to be audited.
London Gazette - 21st March 1828


Re Commission of Bankrupt hearing date 24 December 1825 awarded & issued forth against ROBERT CRYTOFT HARVEY of Alburgh & EDWARD HILL of Wortwell, Millers & Flour Merchants …
Meeting of Commissioners 27 May 1829

Norfolk Chronicle - 9th May 1829

Commission of Bankrupt awarded against Robert Croft Harvey of Alburgh in the Co. of Norfolk, and Edward Hill of Wortwell in the said Co., Millers and Flour Merchants and Co-partners.
Harvey to be issued with certificate 5 November next.
London Gazette - 15th October 1830


MR. DEBENHAM
Is instructed to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Inn, Bungay on Monday March 28, at 3 for 4 o’c in four lots the following VALUABLE FREEHOLD ESTATE
Lot 3. A Desirable Property known as “ALBURGH MILL”, Alburgh, Norfolk with Dwelling house, Building & nearly 8 Acres of productive Land, let to Mr. COX on lease for four years unexpired at £50 per annum.

Particulars & Plans may be obtained at the place of Sale, of Wm. HARTUP, Esq. Solicitor, Bungay & of Mr. DEBENHAM, Auctioneer, Land surveyor & Estate Agent, 80 Cheapside, London, who will forward them by post on application.
Norfolk News - 12th March 1859

Charles LENNEY is instructed to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Inn, Bungay on Monday April 18, 1859 at 3 for 4 o’c in four lots the following valuable estates:-
Lot 3.
A Capital POST WINDMILL on brick roundhouse, situate in Alburgh, Norfolk, with Dwelling House, Buildings & nearly 8 acres of productive Land, let to Mr. COX on lease for four years unexpired at £50 per annum.

Apply to Wm. HARTCUP Esq. Solr. Bungay or the Auctioneer, Wissett near Halesworth.
Norfolk Chronicle - 9th April & 16th April 1859

ALDOUS - COX
On the 22nd November, at the parish church, Alburgh, by the Rev - COMBE, John, fifth son of Mr. William ALDOUS, earthenware manufacturer, Beccles, to Susannah, third daughter of Mr Stephen COX, miller, Alburgh, near Harleston, Norfolk.
East Suffolk Gazette & Bungay Weekly News - 30th November 1869

ALBURGH, Norfolk
MADDISON & MILES are instructed by the Executors of Mr. S. COX, deceased to Sell by Auction at the Swan Hotel, Harleston, on Monday 13 June 1887 at 7 o’c in two Lots a convenient
OCCUPATION
Containing 7a. 2r. 2p. of Arable & pasture LAND, with DWELLING HOUSE & Freehold Post WINDMILL. Also spacious Blacksmith’s & Wheelwright’s Shops, with Dwelling House & Garden. Messrs. HAZARD & PRATT, Harleston, Vendors’ Solrs.
Auctioners’ Offices Cantley, Yarmouth & Harleston.

Norfolk Chronicle - 28th May 1887


ALBURGH, Norfolk
MADDISON & MILES are instructed by the Executors of Mr. S. COX, deceased to Sell by Auction at the Swan Hotel, Harleston on Monday 13 June 1887 at 6 for 7 o’c in the evening, in Two Lots
A Desirable OCCUPATION containing 7a. 2r. 2p. of Arable & Pasture LAND with Brick & Tile RESIDENCE, PREMISES & Freehold Post WINDMILL in good working order, late in the deceased’s occupation; also a Freehold DWELLING HOUSE near Lot 1 with spacious Blacksmith’s & Wheelwright’s shop. All Land Tax Redeemed.
Messrs. HAZARD & PRATT, Harleston,
Vendors’ Solicitors.
Auctioneers’ Offices Cantley, Yarmouth & Harleston.

Norfolk Chronicle - 4th June 1887


MADDISON & MILES
ALBURGH MILL Friday 7 October 1887
Sale of Stock in Trade & other Effects for the Executors of Mr. S. COX, deceased.

Norfolk Chronicle - 24th September 1887


Alburgh map 1883
O.S. Map 1883
Courtesy of NLS map images

Was a post mill. Cox had it. It got out of repair and was pulled down some 40 years ago.
Mr. Farrow - 1948


Mr. Herbert George Cox, of the Wellington Inn, at Chediston Green, near Halesworth, Suffolk, where he has been a licensee for thirty-five years and is now retiring, is the third generation of a south Norfolk milling family. He is 71 years of age.
“My grandfather, Stephen Cox", says Mr. Cox, “was a mill-wright. My father Stephen was a miller.
My grandfather built the post mill at Hardwick, Norfolk, and moved it on a trolley to Alburgh. Then he erected a brick round house for it. Its sails were so light that there were days when they would be turned, but those of other mills for miles round were stationary. They were made of sail cloth. This was the biggest post mill in Norfolk”.
Milling - 15th March 1958



1816: Robert Crytoft Harvey, miller

September 182
5: Edward Hill & Robert Harvey, bankrupt

Bryant's map 1826: MIll

1828-1830: Robert C. Harvey & Edward Hill, millers

1830: Robert C. Harvey & Edward Hill, bankrupt

Greenwood's map 1834: Mill


White's 1836: John Moore, corn miller

Tithe Award 1843: Owner - Charlotte Sutton, occupier - John Barber

White's 1845: William Barber, corn miller

1846: William Barber, miller

White's 1854: Isaiah Dunn, miller & shopkeeper

1856: Isaiah Dunn, miller & shopkeeper

1858: Stephen Cox snr, miller & farmer

1859: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1864: Stephen Cox snr, miller

1869: Stephen Cox, miller

White's 1883: Stephen Cox snr, miller & farmer

25 October 1886: Stephen Cox snr, miller, buried aged 72. Born 1814

June 1887: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Kelly's 1892: Hannah Cox, (Mrs) farmer & miller (wind) Alburgh mill

Kelly's 1896: Stephen Cox jnr, miller (wind) Alburgh mill

Kelly's 1900: Stephen Cox jnr, miller (wind) Alburgh mill

Kelly's 1904: Stephen Cox jnr, miller (wind) Alburgh mill

1907: Stephen Cox jnr died and family left the mill

c.1911: Mill bought by Mr. Miles who demolished it

Kelly's 1916: Frederick Calthorpe, farmer, Mill Farm

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