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Almshouse Lane postmill


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Almshouse Lane post windmill stood for well over 200 years close to the Gaywood Road near King's Lynn. The mill ran 2 pairs of French burr stones and a dressing machine. A horse mill was also run on the site.


The mill was mentioned in H. L. Bradford-Lawrence's Merchants of Lynn in supplement to Blomefield's History of Norfolk, edited by C. Ingleby, 1929. Extracts show a photocopy of Harrod's tracing of View of King's Lynn " 31st Elizabeth" 1588-9 by John Hexham.


To be Sold by Auction at the Crown Tavern in King's Lynn on 12 January next. A capital Tower Wind Mill with two pairs of French stones and going geers belonging the same, round house, cart shed, stables etc., also dwelling house, situate in the Parish of Gaywood in the County of Norfolk, in the occupation of Mr. William Plowright the Proprietor who intends to retire from business. The estate is freehold.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th December 1807


To be Sold by Auction By C. Cruso At the Crown Tavern in King's Lynn on 12 January 1808 at
4 o'c
(Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract)
A capital TOWER WINDMILL with two pairs of French stones, going gears and every apparatus belonging to the same, round house, cart shed, stables and horse mill contiguous.
Also a neat and convenient new built Dwelling House, garden, yards & piece of pasture ground adjoining, situate in the parish of Gaywood in the county of Norfolk, in the occupation of Mr. William Plowright who intends to retire from business.
The above premises are with half a mile of the port of Kings Lynn, the mill, roundhouse & granaries will contain 14 lasts of corn.
The estate is in very good repair and may be viewed on application to Mr. Plowright & further particulars had of him or at the office of Mr. Hemington, Solr. Lynn.

Norfolk Chronicle - 9th January 1808


To be Sold by Private Contract. A well built brick Wind Mill, with a dressing machine, two pair of stones, running geers etc., also a Granary, Stable and other outbuildings, situate near the East entrance into King's Lynn, Norfolk. Possession immediately.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th November 1809


To be Sold by Private Contract
A well built brick WINDMILL, with a Dressing Machine, two pair of stones, running geers etc., also a granary, stable and other outbuildings, well situated for trade near the east entrance into King's Lynn, Norfolk.

Apply to Mr. Hemington, attorney, Lynn.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th November 1809


To be Sold by Private Contract. A substantial brick Windmill, with granaries, stables etc., well situated on a piece of land near the East entrance of King's Lynn, Norfolk.
For particulars apply to Mr. William Eccles, High Street, Lynn.

Stamford Mercury - 22nd March 1811


Hexham's map of Kings Lynn 1588: Windmill

Index of Wills 1768: Richard Simpson, miller

Index of Wills 1772: John Allitt, miller

Faden's map 1797: Windmill


1807: William Plowright, miller

December 1807: Mill advertised for sale by auction due to William Plowright retiring

November 1809: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

March 1811: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1815: Mill replaced by a towermill on the same site



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