Downham Market
Mill Hill
postmill


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Downham Market had an early postmill on Mill Hill off the Denver Road that was worked at least during the 1600s.

DEED OF ENFRANCHISEMENT
Thomas Barber, gent. lord of the Manor of East Hall in Denver to
Robert Rolph of Downham Market, baker, tenant of the said manor A Rood of land called Mill Hill with windmill built thereon held of the same Manor as Downeham Markett.
3rd May 1679

INDENTURES OF LEASE & RELEASE
1. William Greene of Wisbech, Isle of Ely, butcher
2. William Askew of Littleport, Isle of Ely, miller
Rood of land called Mill Hill in Downeham Markett

10/11 June 1690


INDENTURE RELEASE
1. William Askew of King's Lynn, miller
2. Mathew Capps of Downeham Markett, miller
Rood of land called Mill Hill with windmill built there upon in Downeham Markett

2 July 1691


INDENTURES OF LEASE & RELEASE
1. Paull Maw of Downeham Markett, miller and Alice his wife and Margaret Capps of the same, spinster
2. Thomas Davye of the same, miller & baker
Rood of land called Mill Hill with windmill built there upon in Downeham Markett

24/25 March 1700-01


INDENTURES OF LEASE & RELEASE
1. Thomas Davie of Downhame Markett, baker

2. Thomas Palmer of the same, baker
Rood of land called Mill Hill with windmill built there upon in Downeham Markett

29/30 March 1706


INDENTURES OF LEASE & RELEASE

1. John Porter of Downhame Markett, baker
2. William Addison of the same, carpenter
Nicholas Webber of the same, woolcomber

Land called Mill Hill in Downeham Markett
1/2 September 1725


INDENTURES OF LEASE & RELEASE IN TRUST

1. William Addison of Downham Market, carpenter
Thgomas Dagnall of Stowe, carpenter & others
(surviving trustees of estate ...)
2. George Simpson, gent.
William Mott, gent both of Cambridge

Rood of land called Mill Hill with house called 'Meeting House' built thereupon in Downham Market
29/30 June 1750


Dugdale's map 1662: Map of the Great Levell Drayned

1679: Robert Rolph, tenant miller & baker

3rd May 1869: Mill enfranchised by lord of the Manor, Thomas Barber to Robert Rolph, miller

1690: William Askew, miller; William Greene, butcher

1691: William Askew, miller & Mathew Capps, miller

1700: Paull Maw, miller, wife Alice & Margaret Capps, spinster; Thomas Davye, miller & baker

1706: Thomas Davie, baker; Thomas Palmer, baker

1725: John Porter, baker; William Addison, carpenter; Nicholas Webber, woolcomber


c.1725: Mill already demolished

1750:

William Addison, carpenter; Thomas Dagnall, carpenter & others

George Simpson, gent & William Mott, gent


1750: Baptist Meeting House built on the mill site


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