Gayton
postmill


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Gayton postmill had a roundhouse and the sails powered one pair of 4 ft 10 ins and one pair of 4 ft 4 ins French burr stones that were of grinding up to 40 coombs of wheat per day in 1815. A boulting mill was worked under the granary.


In 1815 the mill was:
Cutting or crushing 20 quarters of wheat per day
20 quarters = 20 lasts = 40 sacks (coombs) per day = 240 coombs per week
i.e. 120 coombs per week per pair of stones


Notice to Creditors & Debtors of Thomas Smith late of Gayton, Miller, deceased.
Norfolk Chronicle - 17th July 1813


To be Sold by Auction By R. Tiffin At the Rampant Horse Inn in Gayton, in the county of Norfolk On Monday 17 April 1815 at 4 o’c
The following FREEHOLD ESTATES situate in Gayton aforesaid
Lot 1. A newly erected Messuage or Tenement well fitted up and comprising … stable, cart lodge & Piggery with a granary 38 ft. by 18 & room under the same for a bolting mill. Also an excellent post wind corn mill & roundhouse with two pair of French burr stones 4 ft. 10 & 4 ft. 4 with every requisite thereto, together with two Acres of rich pasture land (more or less) adjoining.

Lot 1 is perhaps one of the most desirable situations for a miller & flour merchant in the county having a knowledge of his business & a capital to carry on trade to the extent of which these premises are equal, the mill being capable of cutting or crushing 20 quarters of wheat per day besides other advantages to which the premises might be applied & especially as it is only distant six miles from the port of Kings Lynn, one of the first corn markets in the county. Immediate possession of this lot may be had if required.

Apply to the owner Mr. Thomas Scott on the premises who will shew the same or to Mr. Clayton, Solr. Kings Lynn aforesaid.
Norfolk Chronicle - 15th April 1815

To be Sold by Auction By Wm. Curle & Son At the Dukes Head
Inn, Kings Lynn, Norfolk On Tuesday 8 August 1815 at 4 o’c
A Capital POST WIND CORN MILL (Capable of cutting 20 quarters of wheat per day) & Round house with two pair of French burr stones 4 ft. 10 & 4 ft. 4.
Also a new built MESSUAGE, stable, cart lodge & other buildings, a granary 38 ft. by 18 & a room under the same for a Bolting Mill, with two acres (more or less) of rich pasture land adjoining.
And also two convenient Cottages & Gardens.
Possession may be had at Michaelmas.
The above Estate is situated at Gayton, only six miles from Lynn one of the best Corn markets in the county & is a very desirable situation for a Miller & Flour Merchant.

Apply to L.W. & J. Jarvis, Attornies, Lynn.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd & 29th July & 5th August 1815

To be Sold by Auction By W. Curle & Son At the Dukes Head Inn,
Kings Lynn On Tuesday 2 January 1818 at 4 o’c
A Capital POST WINDMILL with roundhouse & two pair of French burr stones, 4 ft. 10 & 4 ft. 4. Also a new built Messuage, stable, cart lodge, granary 36 ft. by 18 & room under the same for a bolting mill, two convenient cottages & two acres (more or less) of rich arable & pasture land situate at Gayton in the county of Norfolk, late in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Scott.
The above estate is within 7 miles of Lynn, & 8 of Swaffham, two good corn markets & is one of the most desirable situations in the county for a miller.
Immediate possession will be given if required.
Apply to L.W. & Jarvis, Attornies, Lynn.

Norfolk Chronicle - 30th December 1815

To Millers To be Sold by Private Contract
A most desirable SITUATION at Gayton, near Lynn; consisting of a new erected Messuage, two Cottages & other requisite buildings, with a Post Corn Mill; & roundhouse compleat, with two pair of French Stones etc. & is capable of considerable business & about 2 acres of Land, the whole Freehold.
Possession at Michaelmas next.
Particulars to be had by personal application or by post paid letters to Mr. Carrington on the premises, who is engaged in another concern.

Norfolk Chronicle - 5th June 1819


Index of Wills 1647: Alan Beeston, miller

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Poll Book 1802: Thomas Smith, miller

1813: Thomas Smith, miller, died

1815: Thomas Scott, miller

April - December 1815: Mill advertised for sale by auction in April & August 1815 & January 1816

1819: ? Carrington, miller

June 1819: Mill advertised for sale by private contract



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