Diss
Cherry Tree Lane
postmill


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Diss Cherry Tree Lane postmill stood on the corner of what was then Meeting House Lane and Cherry Tree Lane. Meeting House Lane later became known as Croft Lane and Cherry Tree Lane later became known as Roydon Road. The mill ran 1 pair of Derby Peak stones and one pair of French burr stones.


In Croft Lane, on the other hand, almost at the junction with Roydon Road, there formerly stood a post-mill with a roundhouse, marked as such on both the 1830 Parish Map and the 1836 Tithe Map. Samuel Cornell was then the occupier of Mill Piece, the age of which is indicated by its appearance on Faden's Norfolk 1797. It latterly belonged to the Chapman family, being worked until about 1872. In need of extensive repairs, it was pulled down not long after.
Diss Antiquarian Society News Sheet - Spring 1973


The present Roydon Road was called Cherry Tree Lane & near the crossways stood Samuel Cornell’s windmill, a wooden post mill.
E. Pursehouse - Waveney Valley Studies - September 1960


To be Sold, in Diss. A very good Post Windmill; a pair of Peak stones, and a pair of French ditto in her; in very good repair, and a good accustomed one. Enquire of John Thrower in Diss.
Ipswich Journal - 23rd December 1786


To be Sold & Entered upon at Michaelmas next.
All that Freehold Piece of rich Arable Land situate in Diss in the county of Norfolk, called by the Name of the Croft, containing four Acres or thereabouts. ALSO a four post WIND-MILL standing on the above Piece of Land, with all the going Gears thereto belonging in good Repair & Condition. The Mill stands well for Trade being near the Town.
All the above Premises were late in the Occupation of – Kedington, Miller, are moderately assessed to the Land Tax & from its situation a desirable Object to a Purchaser.
If not sooner disposed of, the same will be Sold by Auction the latter end of August next. The Mill may be taken from off the Premises if required.
Enquire of Mr. Garner, South Lopham in Norfolk or Mr. Thomas Wayth, Attorney at Law, Eye, Suffolk.

July 10, 1790.
Norfolk Chronicle - 17th & 24th July 1790

To be Sold by Auction
On Friday 24 th Inst. at 4 o’c in the Afternoon at the Kings Head in Diss, together or in separate Lots
All that Freehold. Piece of rich Arable Land situate in Diss aforesaid called the Croft, containing four Acres, more or less.
Also a four post WIND-MILL standing on the above Piece of Land, with all the going gears in good Repair & Condition.
The above Premises were late in the Occupation of - Kedington, Miller, or his Assigns, are in good Situation for Trade being near the Town, moderately assessed to the Land Tax & Poor’s Rate & may be entered upon immediately.
Enquire of Mr. Fulcher, Auctioneer at Diss (who will shew the Premises) or Thomas Wayth, Attorney at Eye, Suffolk.

September 9, 1790.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th & 18th September 1790

Diss Parish Records
POOR RATE 1836
Made 26 September 1836 at 1s. in the pound
No. 378




No. 379


No. 380

Occupier
Owner
House, Roydon Road
Assessed at £5

Mill & Land 2½ acres
Assessed at £15

Tithe
Assessed at £-. 5s.
Samuel Cornell
Himself

Rate 5s.


Rate 3d.


Rate 15s.

Total £1. - 3d.
N.B. Rates for nos. 379 & 380 possibly should be reversed

Diss Parish Records
POOR RATE 1837
Made 1 February 1837 at 2s. in the pound
No. 393




No. 379




Occupier
Owner
House
Assessed at £3

Mill & Land 6½ acres
Assessed at £15

Tithe
Assessed at £-. 5s.
Samuel Cornell
Himself

Rate 6s.


Rate £1. 10s.


Rate 6d.

Total £1. 16. 6

Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1837
Map 1838
Owner: Samuel Cornell
Occupier: do

No. 783 Mill Piece
Arable
2a. 3r. 37p. £2. -. 6d

Diss Parish Records
POOR RATE 1845
Made 10 May, 1845 at 19d. in the pound
No. 625






No. 626





No. 627
Occupier
Owner
Mill Roydon Road 0a. 0r. 2p.
Gross Estimated Rental
Rateable Value
Rate at 1s. 7d.

Occupier
Owner
Land 2a. 3r. 37p.
Rateable Value
Rate at 1s. 7d.

Occupier
Owner
House, Roydon Road
Gross Estimated Rental Rateable Value
Rate at 1s. 7d.
Samuel Cornell
Himself

£20
£9
14s. 3d.

Samuel Cornell
Himself

£4. 7. 5
6. 11¾

Samuel Cornell
John Parker

£6. 15s.
£5
7. 11d.

Diss Parish Records
POOR RATE 1864
Made 24 November 1864 at 9d. in the pound
No. 729






No. 730





Occupier
Owner
Cottage, 0a. 0r. 8p. Roydon Road
Gross Estimated Rental
Rateable Value
Rate at 9d. in the pound

Occupier
Owner

Windmill & Land Roydon Road
0a. 1r. 19p.
Gross Estimated Rental
Rateable Value
Rate at 9d. in the pound
Samuel Cornell
Himself

£5
£3. 10s.
2. 7½d.

Samuel Cornell
Himself



£14
£7
5. 3d.

To Millers
ELLIOTT, SON & MUSKETT
Have received instructions from the Executors of Mr. Daniel Bayles, deceased, to Sell by Auction at the Crown Inn, Diss on Friday July 9 at 5 for 6 pm. a capital POST WINDMILL with Spring Sails & enclosed Roundhouse in excellent condition & working order; also a Tiled Stable & Cart Shed with about 1r.2p. of Building Ground near the Roydon Road.
Immediate possession.
Particulars of Messrs. Muskett & Garrod, Solrs. Diss & the Auctioneers, Thelton, Thrandeston & Diss.

Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 3rd July 1869

December 1786: Mill advertised for sale

c.1789: ? Kedington, miller

July 1790: Mill advertised for sale

September 1790: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

1822: Samuel Cornell, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Parish map 1830: Windmill

White's 1836: Samuel Cornell, corn miller

Tithe Award 1837: Owner & occupier: Samuel Cornell, miller

White's 1845: Samuel Cornell, corn miller


Census 1851: Samuel Cornell (65) b.Redgrave, Suffolk, miller
Address: Roydon Road

Next door:
Samuel Cornell (31) b.Diss, journeyman miller (son)
Mary Cornell (31) b.Diss
Susan Cornell (4) b.Diss
Samuel Cornell (2) b.Diss
William Cornell (2) b.Diss

White's 1854: Samuel Cornell, corn miller

White's 1864: Samuel Cornell, corn miller, Roydon Road

1865: Samuel Cornell, miller

1868: Daniel Bayles, miller

1869: Daniel Bayles, miller, died

July 1869: Mill, advertised for sale by auction

1872: J. Chapman, miller

c.1872: Mill ceased working

c.1873: Mill demolished


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