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Ebridge towermill stood on Mill Hill just to the south and on the opposite side of the road to Ebridge Farm, which was technically in Witton. The mill was run in conjunction with Ebridge_watermill for all its working life.1870. The mill was four storeys tall and had a stage; it used patent sails set on a cast iron windshaft to drive two pairs of French burr stones.


NORTH WALSHAM & WITTON
To Millers & others

Superior Water Corn Mill with Dwelling House attached and Brick Tower Windmill
Late the property of Mr. William PARTRIDGE decd.
Mr. Wm. BARCHAM will offer for sale by Public Auction at the Kings Arms Inn, North Walsham on Wednesday 22 September 1841 at 3 o'c
Lot 1. Comprises all that superior and highly reputed WATER CORN Mill situate in North Walsham and Witton aforesaid & late in the occupation of the deceased Proprietor.
Also a capital BRICK TOWER WINDMILL with patent sails built only a few years since of the best materials on a lofty hill within 100 yards of the water mill. The Mill drives two pair of French Stones, contains four floors and is in every respect fitted up and adapted for occupation with the water mill...
Piece of land on which the windmill stands, 5a. 1r. 5p. more or less... Lease etc.
Apply to William PARTRIDGE, son of deceased or to Mr. WILKINSON, Solr. North Walsham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th & 18th September 1841

Ebridge tithe award map 1842
Tithe Award map 1842

Tithe Award 1842
Map, James WRIGHT, Land Surveyor, Aylsham. 1841
Owner: William PARTRIDGE (of Ebridge Mill, North Walsham)
Occupier: William PARTRIDGE (of Ebridge Mill, North Walsham)

No. 259: Wind Mill Hill & Premises. Pasture .
Furze
5a. 1r. 3p.
2s. 4d.
Part of
91a. 1r. 19p.
£4. 6s. 5d.
Vicar
1a. 0r. 7p.
£9. 18s. 0d.
Imp. Rector
Shown as tower or smock mill with stage & fantail    

NORTH WALSHAM & WITTON
To be Sold by Private Contract

Water Corn Mill with Dwelling House attached
Brick Tower Wind-mill etc.
Late the Estate of Mr. William PARTRIDGE deceased
Water Mill ... North Walsham ...
Also a BRICK TOWER WINDMILL with patent sails and cast iron shaft built only a few years since of the best materials on a lofty hill within 100 yards of the Water Mill. This Mill drives two pair of French Stones, contains four floors and is in every respect fitted up and adapted for occupation with the Water Mill.
Dwelling house, Land etc. ...
Of this Estate 1a. 1r. 2p. with the barn, principal granary and other Buildings standing thereon are Freehold. 5a. 1r. 5p. with the Windmill standing thereon are held under a lease for 21 years granted by the Rt. Hon. Lord Wodehouse and others to the deceased on 6th April 1832 in which the lease is contained a covenant by the lessors allowing the lessee to remove the mill at any time before the expiration of the term.
Outgoings - Reserved annual rent to Lord Wodehouse £3.
The residue of the Estate ... lease ... 21 years ... Bishop of Norwich to deceased on the 18th day of September 1837.
Apply to G. Wilkinson, Solr. North Walsham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th September & 5th October 1844

To Millers & others
NORTH WALSHAM & WITTON in Norfolk
Messrs. BARCHAM & SON will offer for Sale by Auction on Wednesday 2 June 1847 at 3 o'c at the Kings Arms Inn, North Walsham
A superior Water Corn Mill with Dwelling House attached, a Brick Tower Windmill etc. situate in North Walsham and Witton aforesaid
Late the Estate of Mr. William PARTRIDGE deceased.
The Estate comprises
A superior and highly reputed WATER CORN Mill ... late in the occupation of the deceased Proprietor and now in the occupation of his Son, Mr. William PARTRIDGE ....
Also a capital Brick Tower Windmill with patent sails and cast iron shaft built only a few years since of the best materials, on a lofty hill within 100 yards of the water mill. This Mill drives two pair of French Stones, contains 4 floors and is in every respect fitted up and adapted for occupation with the Water Mill. ...
Also a fine piece of land on which the Windmill stands containing by admeasurement 5a. 1r. 5p. more or less ... held under a lease for 21 years granted by the Rt. Hon. Lord WODEHOUSE and others to the late proprietor on the 6th April 1832 in which lease is contained a covenant by the lessors allowing the lessee to remove the mill at any time before the expiration of the term.
Outgoings - Reserved annual rent to Lord WODEHOUSE £3.
Norfolk Chronicle - 15th & 22nd May 1847

NORTH WALSHAM
Singular Accident to a Mill.
The tower mill occupied by Messrs. Bevor & Press, millers & merchants of North Walsham, was on Sunday morning discovered to be on fire. Soon after midnight of Saturday the wind suddenly rose very high and strong indeed and appears to have so completely taken the mill tail to wind that all the vanes of the sails were closed and the flyers had no power to regulate her. The result was that the sails turned the backwards way, having broken from the gripe and from the velocity with which they went round, the works caught fire from the friction. The destruction went on (the mill being some distance from the dwelling) till about half past seven, when an alarm was given by the man who went to see after the horses. The top of the mill is a complete wreck, her shaft and sails having fallen to the ground and the top part of the mill may be said to be quite destroyed. In the towers floors there was a large quantity of corn, which fortunately sustained no damage as the fire and ruins fell outside. The falling of the shaft knocked down much of the brickwork which from its weight must have come down with a tremendous force. The damage sustained is from £100 to a £150. We learn that neither the mill nor the stock was insured.
Norfolk News - 4th February 1860

O. S. Map 1885

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


O. S. Map 1885

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


O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

George Youngman was listed as a journeyman miller on the 1841 census. He was the son of Isaac Youngman who ran the Yarmouth Road towermill in North Walsham. George Youngman later moved on to run Witton Mill Farm postmill.


c.1840: Mill built on site of earlier postmill

Census 1841:
William Partridge snr (75) miller.
Ann Partridge (60)
Hannah Partridge (48)
Mary Cutting (18) servant
Charlotte Howell (or Harwell) (17) servant
William Hancock (22) journeyman miller
George Youngman (20) journeyman miller

Census 1841:
William Partridge jnr (45) miller.
Mary Partridge (40)

Census 1841:
Richard Pygall (35) journeyman miller
Elizabeth Pygall (30)
Elizabeth Pygall (7)
John Pygall (4)
Mary Pygall (1)

1841: William Partridge snr died

September 1841:
Mill advertised for sale by auction with watermill due to the death of William Partridge

Tithe Award 1842: William Partridge jnr (surveyed in 1841)

September 1844: Mill advertised for sale by private contract with watermill due to death of William Partridge

White's 1845: William Partridge
, corn miller Ebridge Mill

1847: William Partridge jnr., miller


May 1847: Mill advertised for sale by auction with watermill

1850: William Partridge jnr., miller

Census 1851: William Partridge jnr (59) b.North Walsham, miller employing 2 men
Mary Partridge (54) b.Hull, Yorks
Mary Bailey (24) b.Swafield, house servant
Elizabeth Goose (14) b.Smallburgh, house servant
George Youngman (30) b.Gimingham, journeyman miller
Address: White Horse Common

Census 1851: Richard  Pygall (48) journeyman miller
Elizabeth Pygall (42) b.Knapton
Elizabeth Pygall (16) b.North Walsham
John Pygall (14) b.North Walsham
Richard Bartley Pygall (1) b.North Walsham

White's 1854: William Partridge
, corn miller Ebridge mills 

Craven's 1856: Beevor & Press
, millers - also Gt Yarmouth

1858: William Beevor & Edward Press, millers

Sunday 29th January 1860:
Mill tail winded in a gale, caught fire; falling sails and windshaft badly damaged brickwork and unlikely the mill ever worked again

O.S. map 1887 - 1891: Old Windmill

O.S. map 1926: Old Windmill


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