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Foulsham post mill lay to the north of the village on Mill Hill. The mill used two commion sails and two patent sails to power 2 pairs of 4ft French burr stones. A flour mill was horse powered. A two oven bake house in the Market Place was run in conjunction with the mill.


In 1825 the mill was recorded as producing 3 - 4 lasts per week. 3 - 4 lasts equates to 60 - 80 sacks or coombs, which meant that each pair of stones produced 30 to 40 coombs per week.


To Millers
WANTED, a MILLER in a Windmill, one who perfectly understands his business & can come well recommended, may hear a constant Situation by applying to Wm. Chapman, Foulsham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd November 1811

Partnership dissolved

Notice is hereby given that the Partnership subsisting between William Chapman & John Wright of Foulsham, Millers etc. is this day dissolved by their mutual consent & that all persons standing indebted to them on account of their said co-partnership are to pay their Debts in the Milling Concern to the said John Wright, who is authorised to receive the same & who will discharge all demands in that line & all other Debts will be collected jointly.

Witness our hands this fourteenth day of September 1824

Witness
John Berwick
William Chapman
John Wright

 

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William Chapman.

In retiring from Business returns his grateful acknowledgements to the numerous Friends who for many years have given him their support, at the same time solicits a continuance of their favours to the said John Wright who will in future conduct the business on his own account.

W.C. will continue the Auctioneering, Appraising, Building, Surveying, Timber Measuring etc.

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John Wright

Assures the Friends of the late Firm & the Public in general that all the orders will be thankfully received & punctually attended to, he therefore trusts to receive the support it will be his endeavour to merit.

Land accurately Surveyed & neatly Mapped.

Norfolk Chronicle - 18th September 1824


William Chapman.

In retiring from Business returns his grateful acknowledgements to the numerous Friends who for many years have given him their support, at the same time solicits a continuance of their favours to the said John Wright who will in future conduct the business on his own account.

W.C. will continue the Auctioneering, Appraising, Building, Surveying, Timber Measuring etc.


Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd November 1811

To be SOLD or LET & Entered upon immediately

A substantial built POST WINDMILL, two pair of French Stones, Flour Machine & Going Gears complete, in excellent repair & stands in an excellent situation for wind, able to manufacture from 3 to 4 lasts a week & in full trade. A large Horse mill with flour machine & gears complete, with a stowage for 10 or 12 last of Wheat; also a capital Dwelling house pleasantly situated adjoining the horse mill, large garden well planted with choice fruit trees, 3-stalled stable, cow & pig houses & about an acre of land, more or less, in the parish of Foulsham; it is situated within 8 miles of Fakenham, 10 of Dereham & 10 of Holt all good Market Towns. The above is Leasehold for 99 years at 3 guineas per annum, 76 years unexpired; also a capital Baking Office in the centre of the Market Place, two ovens, large flour chamber & firing shed, the Dwelling house adjoining consists of a show shop in front & keeping rooms at the back with 3 convenient sleeping rooms. Copyhold, fine certain, quit rent 3d.

Enquire of Mr. J. Wright, Foulsham, letters post paid.
Norfolk Chronicle - 1st, 8th & 18th October 1825


To be Sold or Let With Immediate Possession

All that capital POST WINDMILL situate in the parish of Foulsham with two pair of French stones & requisite machinery, Horse Mill with stowage for 20 lasts of corn, neat Dwelling house, Cottage for Miller, 3-stalled stable, wagon lodge, pigs houses, large garden etc. late in the occupation of Mr. Scott.

Apply to Unthank, Foster & Unthank, Solrs of/or Mr. J. Wright, Land Surveyor, Norwich or to Mr. Wm. Chapman, Foulsham who will shew the Premises.

Letters post paid.
Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd February 1833


Foulsham

To be Sold by Private Contract

A Valuable ESTATE comprising a capital Post Mill & Horse Mill complete with a convenient Dwelling house, well planted Garden, Cottage, Granaries, Stables, & numerous outbuildings situate near the pleasant & populous town of Foulsham, where an excellent Trade is carried on. The Mill Yard contains 3 roods of very rich land capable of being cultivated with great advantage as garden etc. Also a Double Cottage a short distance from the above. It forms a most desirable Property & will be sold to pay 6 per cent for investment. The present, a most respectable tenant being desirous of taking it for a term of years.

Apply to Unthank, Foster & Unthank, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 27th September 1834


To be Sold by Auction by John Wright on Friday 26 on Saturday 27 August 1836.
All the STOCK in TRADE etc.
of Mr. William Scott, Miller, under an Execution from the Sheriff.
Sale to commence each Morning at 11 o'c.

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th August 1836

Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1841
Map, John Wright, Surveyor, Foulsham
Owner: Miss Anna Brook Crowe
Occupier: Luke Graver

No. 576

Mill & premises

Pasture

0a. 3r. 34p.

2s. 6d.


Luke Graver's Assignment.
Luke Graver of Foulsham, Miller & Baker, 13 December 1843
Assignment to James Saunders the Younger for benefit of Creditors.
December 20, 1843 James Saunders, Jnr.

Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd December 1843

POST WINDMILL, Dwelling House & Cottages, Foulsham.

Mr. Spelman respectfully informs the Public that he is instructed to sell by Auction on Tuesday 2 April 1844 at 4 o’c at the Ship Inn, Foulsham

Lot 1. All that capital POST WINDMILL with two spring sails, drives 2 pairs 4 ft. stones, Flour Mill, with all her going gears, A Mill House (in which are a flour Mill & horse works) Granary, Stable, Cart & Gig houses, Dwelling house & Cottage, situate at Foulsham in Norfolk adjoining the public road.

The Mill stands remarkably well for wind & has been in the occupation of Mr. Peter Graver at a Rental of £50 per annum for several years.

Particulars of Messrs. Foster, Unthank, Burroughes & Robberds, Solrs. & of Mr. Spelman, St. Giles Street, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 16th, 23rd & 30th March 1844

Particulars & Conditions of Sale of a

POST WIND-MILL, DWELLING HOUSE & COTTAGES

Situate at Foulsham in the County of Norfolk

To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Spelman

At the Ship Inn, Foulsham

On Tuesday the 2 nd day of April 1844

At 4 o’clock in the Afternoon in Two Lots

Particular

Lot 1.

A Capital Post Wind-Mill with two spring sails, drives two pairs of four feet stones & Flour Mill, with all her going gears.

Also a Mill House (in which are a flour mill & horse works), Granary Stable, Cart & Gig Houses, Dwelling House & Cottage & Mill Yard & Garden, situate at Foulsham in Norfolk, adjoining the public road. The Mill stands remarkably well for wind & has been in the occupation of Mr. Peter Graver at a Rental of £50 per annum for several years. This Lot is held under a Lease dated 3 rd March 1803 granted by Thomas Cook, then of Oulton in Norfolk, farmer, for the term of 99 years from the 11 th October 1802 at the yearly rent of £3.3s.

Lot 2. Two Freehold Cottages situate “across the Common at Foulsham”
Spelman Sale Catalogue - 1844


POST WINDMILL (To be removed by the Purchaser), Dwelling House & Cottages, Horseworks etc. Foulsham.

Mr. Spelman will have the pleasure to sell by Auction on Tuesday May 21, 1844 at 12 o’c on the Premises, the following PROPERTY situate adjoining the public road at Foulsham, Norfolk & lately occupied by Mr. Graver.

Lot 1. A Post Windmill to be removed from the premises at the purchaser’s expense, she drives two pairs of 4 ft. stones, has 2 spring & 2 common sails & all her going gears.

Lot 2. Dwelling House etc. …

Also the following Property in Lots:-

Horse works with going gears complete, Flour Mill, Meal Troughs, sack jiggers & tackle, lever, stage for stones, sack chain, broad-staved ladders, 3” straps, feed growing on the “Mill Hill”, sail crome & cloths etc.

Two Cottages …

Particulars of Messrs. Foster, Unthank, Burroughes & Robberds & of Mr. Spelman, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th & 18th May 1844


Robson's directory 1839: Luke Graver, baker
Census 1851: Luke Graver (63) b.North Walsham, baker
Luke Graver died on 9th February 1855 aged 68 and was buried in Foulsham churchyard, while his son Robert Graver, emigrated to Australia and died in Adelaide.


Index of Wills 1632: Andrew Pill, miller

1811: William Chapman, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

September 1824: William Chapman & John Wright, millers - partnership dissolved

1825: John Wright, miller

October 1825: Mill advertised for sale or let

1830: William Scott, miller & baker

February 1833: Mill advertised for sale or let

September 1834: Mill advertised for sale by Private Contract

White's 1836: William Scott jun, corn miller

August 1836: All stock in trade of William Scott advertised for auction under execution from the Sheriff

Census 1841: Luke Graver (50) miller
Elizabeth Graver (50)
Sarah Webb (70) independant
Susan Dawson (35) dressmaker

Census 1841: Robert Graver (25) miller
Elizabeth Graver (25)
Address: Upper Mill

William Bushell (14) miller's apprentice
Thomas Burton (20) miller (employee)
Joseph Dawson (25) miller (employee)
Cable Dennington (40) miller (employee)

Tithe Award 1841: Owner: Miss Anna Brook Crowe; Occupier: Luke Graver

1843: Luke Graver, miller & baker - insolvent

1844: Peter Graver, tenant miller at a rent of £50 per annum

March 1844: Mill advertised for sale by Auction

May 1844: Mill advertised for sale by Auction and then to be removed from the premises

9th February 1855: Robert Graver died aged 68

1977: Owner: Mr. Blyth a builder of Holt & builder in Foulsham; Occupiers Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Craske;



A towermill was once situated near the centre of the village.



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