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Docking Station Road postmill was built with common sails and at least one pair were removed and offered for sale in 1829. As the oak windshaft was also offered for sale it is likely the mill had been fitted with one, possibly two pairs of patent sails to drive 2 pairs of stones.


The Co-Partnership between Messrs. Frost & Sturley of Docking in the county of Norfolk, Millers, being by mutual consent dissolved, all such persons as now stand indebted to them are requested immediately to pay the amount of their respective debts to Mr. Frost or Mr. Sturley.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th April 1807

Wanted immediately
A JOURNEYMAN MILLER
A single man that perfectly understands his business.
Apply personally to Mr. William Sturley, Docking, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 5th January 1811

Eligible Situation for a miller
To be Sold
A Capital POST WINDMILL in substantial repair with all going gears complete, together with a neat dwelling house, yard, gardens, homestall, barn, stables, piggeries, granaries & other outbuildings necessary for carrying on the trade of a Miller; pleasantly situated in the parish of Docking in the county of Norfolk, now in the occupation of Mr. William Sturley, the proprietor, who is retiring from business.
A considerable part of the purchase money may remain secured on the premises & possession may be had at Michaelmas next. The whole estate is freehold.
Enquire at the office of Messrs. Goodwin & Son, Lynn or to Mr. Wm. Sturley on the premises.
Norfolk Chrionicle - 15th & 22nd March 1817

Eligible Situation for a miller
To be Sold
A Capital POST WINDMILL in substantial repair with all going gears complete, together with a neat dwelling house, yard, gardens, homestall, barn, stables, piggeries, granaries & other outbuildings necessary for carrying on the trade of a Miller; pleasantly situated in the parish of Docking in the county of Norfolk, now in the occupation of Mr. William Sturley, the proprietor, who is retiring from business.
A considerable part of the purchase money may remain secured on the premises & possession may be had at Michaelmas next. The whole estate is freehold.
Enquire at the office of Messrs. Goodwin & Son, Lynn or to Mr. Wm. Sturley on the premises.
Norfolk Chrionicle - 17th, 24th & 31st January 1818

To Millers & Bakers
Wanted Immediately
A SINGLE MAN who well understands the Business of MILLING & BAKING may have constant employment by applying personally or by letter post paid to Mr. Joseph Curl, Docking.
A character will be required.
Norfolk Chronicle - 9th October 1824

To Millers & Bakers
WANTED IMMEDIATELY
A Respectable YOUTH or APPRENTICE to the above Business.
Applyn to Mr. Jos. Curl, Miller, Docking.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th April 1826

To Millers
To be Sold
A pair of Capital Common SAILS & OAK shaft.
Apply to Mr. Kerrison, Millwright, Snoring or Mr. Jas. Curl, Docking Mill.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd October 1829

To MILLERS
Wanted at Michaelmas next
A Respectable Situation for a Youth 16 years of age as an APPRENTICE to a MILLER, where he will be treated as one of the family. A liberal premium will be given.
Apply by letter (post paid) to A. B., Post Office, Docking.
Norfolk Chronicle - 24th September 1831

To Millers
Wanted
By a YOUNG MAN A situation as JOURNEYMAN who has served his Apprenticeship. Wages not so much an object as a comfortable situation.
Apply to T. Sturley, Docking.
If by letter, post paid.
Norfolk Chronicle - 31st December 1842

White's of 1854 lists both William Wagg and Olivia Wagg as bakers and Olivia as a farmer. Neither are listed as miller although Thomas James Ayre of Castle_Rising_postmill is listed as a miller. It is probable that he was the owner of a mill, although it is unclear as to which one. Harry Apling mentions that a Henry Hillen was a foreman miller.


Situations Vacant
WANTED, a MILLER who thoroughly understands his business, with good reference from last employer.
Apply to James Lack, Farmer & Miller, Docking, Lynn, Norfolk.
A character will be required.
Norfolk News - 16th April 1864

Docking Norfolk
To Millers & others
Valuable Freehold Property
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Edmund Beck
At the Hare Inn, Docking on Wednesday 4 July 1866 at 6 for 7 o’c in the evening, unless previously disposed of by private contact, in one Lot
All that substantially built CORN WIND MILL driving two pairs of Stones, with the MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, Barn, Stable, Garden & LAND thereto belonging, now in the occupation of Mr. James Lack.
Also all those nine several COTTAGES or TENEMENTS adjoining …
The above are situate in Docking & contain (with the site of the buildings) 1a. 2r. 22p. or thereabouts, at a short distance from the Railway Station there & in a district where a large business may be carried on.
Possession of the Mill & Premises in the occupation of Mr. Lack may be had at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. Thos. Curl, Sedgeford, the Auctioneer, Oxwick or at my office.

L.W. Jarvis,
Solr. Kings Lynn

Lynn Advertiser - 16th, 23rd & 30th June 1866

Situations Vacant
TO BAKERS
WANTED, a thoroughly competent MAN with a good character & to make himself generally useful.
Apply to James Lack, Miller etc., Docking.
Norfolk News - 27th June 1868

Situations Vacant
WANTED immediately, a thoroughly respectable Man as MILLER & BAKER. One who understands the Milling in all its branches.
None need apply who canot be well recommended.
Address F. Lark, Miller, Docking.
Norfolk News - 16th January 1869

NOTICE
Mr. James Lack, miller & baker, Docking, having retired from business in favor of Mr. I. Wagg, requests that all debts due to him may be paid to Mr. Wagg & all persons to whom he is indebted will please forward their accounts.
Docking, September 14th.
Lynn Advertiser - 26th September 1874

Situations Vacant
WANTED, a Single Man as MILLER & BAKER.
J. Magg, Docking, Lynn.
Norfolk News - 7th August 1875

To Journeymen Bakers
WANTED, a thoroughly Competent Man as first hand. Good wages.
J. Wagg, Miller, Docking.
Lynn Advertiser - 11th March 1876

To Bakers
Wanted, a thoroughly competent man.
Apply to Joseph Wagg, Miller & Baker, Docking, Kings Lynn.
Lynn Advertiser - 5th May 1888

Joseph WAGG of Docking, Norfolk, baker
died 13 Nov 1890 [age 50] at Docking
PROBATE proved at NORWICH 26 Jan 1891
by Hannah WAGG of Docking, widow, the relict the sole executrix
effects 485 pounds 7s 10d

Principal Probate Registry - 1858 - 1931


O. S. Map 1885
O. S. Map 1885
Courtesy of NLS map images

On 30th March 1971, Miss Daphne M. Smith of 2 Mill Yard, Station Road, Docking, wrote to Harry Apling to say the mill was on her property and not that of the nearby Mill House. The deeds recorded that the mill, formerly in the possession of William Sturley, was conveyed to Joseph Curl on 17-18th May 1830. On 14th Ferbruary 1870 ? Sutherland sold the property to Robert Chambers for £1350.


T. R. Wagg (The Baker) Ltd.
Robert Wagg first mentioned in church registers 1752
Married Rachel Wiseman
Not known if Robert was miller, but his elder son William was the original miller of Docking. (But see re deeds – Curl & Sturling)
He was born 1801 & in 1839 (Pigot’s) is mentioned as miller owning a mill which stood at the end of Mill lane in Station road opposite North Farm. Adjacent field still Mill Pasture & is marked (E) on the large map. Also shown as baker.
William Wagg snr married Olivia Sticer Hoult & had 4 sons & 4 daughters
William Wagg snr died 1848
Widow Olivia carried on the milling & bakery business near the Bell pit with help of son William jnr born 1836
Both in White’s 1854
William jnr died 1858
Olivia married James Lack, cabinet maker, who is shown as millowner in 1861
Another son, Joseph Wagg, born 1839
Married:
1. Ella Rose 1862
2. Hannah Porter
Joseph Wagg died 1890 (Milling seems to have ceased. Harry Apling)
Hannah carried on (bakery) alone until her son Rowland took over on her death in 1915
Rowland Wagg married Florence Annie ?
Elder son Terence Rowland Wagg born 1902 entered business 1930
Rowland died 1951
Terence Rowland died 1975

Business sold
Dry Docking - Gerald Hagan, 1975

Whilst staying at the Mill House in early October, I had a weird experience,I hasten to add this was not a frightening experience. I had fallen asleep in the sitting room after turning off the TV leaving only the light turned down low in the kitchen I do not know what the time was but I awoke to find an image of a young man leaning over the coffee table (no I had not been drinking either). He appeared to be in dark colours possibly overalls or an old type jacket with small collar and buttons. At first I thought it was my own son who is disabled and at the time was sleeping at the other end of the house my husband was with him but realised he was not dressed as this young man was. I then thought I must have been dreaming and closed my eyes again only to be woken by the sound of the small radio which my son has. It plays nursery rhymes. In order to make it play you have to press a large button. It was then I realised that the radio was on the table where I had seen this young man leaning over. I jumped up mainly to turn the radio off in case it disturbed my son and husband and went to check that they were in bed which they were. I would be grateful for any information maybe someone knows if there have been other sightings. I see from the website that there was a young man called William Wagg junior born 1836 and died 1856 who was the miller.
Sandra Scarr - 17th October 2008


William Wagg junior died of consumption on 27th January 1856 aged 28
Youger brother Henry died of consumption on 1st May 1857 aged 23
Ellen Wagg sister died (havent found out of what yet) in 1853 aged 9
Both boys were indeed master Bakers at Docking.
Sandra Scarr - 24th October 2008


Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Poll Book 1802: E. Henry Frost, miller

1807: Frost & Sturley, millers

Aprilk 1807: Partnership of Frost & Sturley dissolved

1811: William Sturley, miller

March 1817: Mill advertised for sale

1818: William Sturley, miller

January 1818: Mill advertised for sale

1824: Joseph Curl, miller

1826: Joseph Curl, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill


1829: Joseph Curl, miller

October 1829: One pair of common sails and oak windshaft advertised for sale

17-18th May 1830: Mill conveyed to Joseph Curl

White's 1836: William Wagg, corn miller & baker

Pigot's 1839: William Wagg, miller

White's 1845: William Wagg, miller, baker & maltster

1848: Wiliam Wagg snr died (born 1801)

Kelly's 1854: William Wagg, miller & baker

1856: William Wagg jnr died (born 1836)

White's 1864: James Lack, miller & baker (& farmer)

June 1866: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1868: James Lack, miller

1869: James Lack, miller & baker

14th February 1870: Property sold by ? Sutherland to Robert Chambers for £1350

1874: James Lack, miller & baker

1875: Joseh Wagg, miller & baker

1876: Joseph Wagg, miller & baker

Kelly's 1879: Joseph Wagg, baker & miller

Census 1881:

Joseph Wagg (41) b.Docking, master baker employing 2 men
Hannah Wagg (33) b.Stalham
Ida Jane Wagg (9) Stalham, scholar
Rowland Wagg (1) b.Stalham
Francis Clarke (22) b.Rougham, general servant
Address: Station Street

White's 1883: Joseph Wagg, baker & corn miller - also Gt Bircham towermill

O.S. map 1885:
Windmill (Corn)

1888: Joseph Wagg, miller & baker - also Gt Bircham towermill

13th November 1890: Joseph Wagg died aged 50 (born 1839)

c.1890: Mill ceased working

Kelly's 1892: Harriet Wagg, baker

20th December 1899: Robert Chambers died



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