Gooderstone
Chalkrow Lane
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c.1895
c.1895

Chalkrow Lane tower mill was built around 1829 for George Seppings. It was quite a small mill, standing at around 33 feet high and only having the minimum of three storeys. The mill used 4 double shuttered sails, each with 8 bays of 3 shutters; unusually the sails turned clockwise and were struck via a lever with a swing hook. The boat shaped cap held a gallery and a 6 bladed fan. In 1845, 2 pairs of French burr stones were being used but in later years one pair had been replaced with a pair of Peak stones with a flour mill and jumper also being used. The stones were under driven and left handed. The brake lever used a three sheave block to increase the mechanical advantage. The tower had two doors on the ground floor.

The tower base was about 21 ft diameter, witht eh lowewr part being built of brick and flint. The stones were on the first floor. The bakehouse was attached to the mill house.

Apart from running this mill, the Brooke family also owned two of the other three windmills and the watermill.

Tithe map 1839
Tithe map 1839 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1841
Map, W. H. Young, Surveyor, Mildenhall, 1839
Owner: George Seppings
Occupier: Charles Brooke & others

No. 223

Mill, Cottages & Garden

Pasture

1a. 0r. 0p.

Pt of 10/6d to Vicar only


GOODERSTONE
To be Let with Immediate Possession
A capital Tower WINDMILL driving two pairs of Stones, & Flour Mill with half an acre of Land & Cottage & Granary adjoining situate in the parish of Gooderstone.
Apply to Mr. Seppings, Gooderstone.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th November 1843

GOODERSTONE near Stoke Ferry
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Trundle on Thursday 14 May 1846 at 5 o'c.
A very substantial & well built TOWER WINDMILL with 3 floors, 2 pair of French bar stones, flour mill & jumper, well situated for doing a good business; & also a Double Cottage or Dwelling House & about One Acre of Arable Land.

The above Estate is Freehold.
Apply to Mr. Brooke Taylor, Solr. or the Auctioneer, Swaffham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd May 1846

GOODERSTONE near Stoke Ferry
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Trundle on Thursday 21 May 1846 at the Swan Inn, Gooderstone, at 5 o'c.
A very substantial & well built TOWER WINDMILL with 3 floors, 2 pair of French bar stones, flour mill & jumper, well situated for doing a good business; & also a Double Cottage or Dwelling House & about One Acre of Arable Land.

The above Estate is Freehold.
Apply to Mr. Brooke Taylor, Solr. or the Auctioneer, Swaffham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 9th & 16th May 1846

Rear of mill c.1936 Front of mill c.1936
Rear of mill c.1936
Front of mill c.1936

GOODERSTONE near Stoke Ferry
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Trundle on 29 May 1847 at the Swan Inn, Gooderstone at 5 o'c.
A very substantial & well built TOWER WINDMILL with three floors, two pair of French burr stones, flour mill & jumper, well situate for doing good business; also a double Cottage or Dwelling house & about one acre of Arable land.

The above Estate is Freehold.
Apply to Mr. Brooke Taylor, Solr. or the Auctioneer, Swaffham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 15th, 22nd & 29th May 1847

GOODERSTONE near Stoke Ferry
To be peretemporily Sold by Auction by Mr. Trundle on Thursday 23 December 1847 at the Swan Inn, Gooderstone at 3 o'c.
A very substantial & well built TOWER WINDMILL with three floors, two pair of French burr stones, flour mill & jumper, well situate for doing good business; also a double Cottage or Dwelling house & about one acre of Arable land.

The above Estate is Freehold.
Apply to Mr. Brooke Taylor, Solr. or the Auctioneer, Swaffham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 11th Decenber 1847

GOODERSTONE near Stoke Ferry
To be peretemporily Sold by Auction by Mr. Trundle on Thursday 23 December 1847 at the Swan Inn, Gooderstone at 3 o'c.
A very substantial & well built TOWER WINDMILL with three floors, two pair of French burr stones, flour mill & jumper, well situate for doing good business; also a double Cottage or Dwelling house & about one acre of Arable land.

The above Estate is Freehold.
Two thirds of the Purchase Money may be left on Mortgage.
Apply to Mr. Brooke Taylor, Solr. or the Auctioneer, Swaffham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 16th December 1847

In the 1851 census, Mallows Garrod is listed as being in partnership with his brother Henery Garred:
Mallows Garred (54) b.Gooderstone, farmer of 463 acres employing 10 labourers

N0TICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Trade or Business of Millers and Flour sellers, heretofore carried on by us the undersigned CHARLES BROOKE and MALLOWS GARROD at Gooderstone in the County of Norfolk under the style or firm of 'Brooke & Garrod' was this day DISSOLVED by mutual consent; and that all debts due and owing to or from the co-partnership will be received and paid by the said Charles Brooke who will continue to carry on the said business on his own account. As witness our hands this 21st day of January 1861.

Charles Brooke
Mallows Garrod
Witness J. Plimsaul, Swaffham
A.H.R. Micklefield, Stoke Ferry

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th January 1861

c.1940
c.1940

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a steady MAN to work a windmill. To board & lodge in the house.
Apply to Mr. Preston, Gooderstone, Stoke Ferry.

Norfolk News - 30th September 1865

A Lamentable Accident (Summary)
Mr. Preston, Miller, thrown from horse between 8 & 9 o'c on the morning of Saturday last.
Jaw fractured & head severely cut & other injuries ...
Norfolk News - 31st August 1867

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a steady Man to work a WINDMILL. Must be a good Stoneman. Good character indispensible..
Apply to William Preston, Gooderstone, Stoke Ferry.

Norfolk News - 2nd October 1869

LOCAL BANKRUPT
WILLDEN, John, Gooderstone, Miller

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th June 1886

11th July 1970
11th July 1970

Thomas King provided a grist service - cracked and ground barley, oats, maize etc. using Peak stones. He was followed by his son, Horace Thomas King when he came out of the army in 1918.
After Horace King, Thomas King's son in law, Fred Grimes took over for a short time, to be followed by George Harris.

I have come across your website whilst researching my family history.  My grandfather's uncle was George Harris who ran the mill 1925-1929.  When I was a young child I used to spend part of the summer holidays with my Grandmother in Oxborough and we used to go round to see the person who was living at the Mill.  This would have been in the early 1950's and the person's name was John T Barley.  We used to know him as Johnny Barley and his wife was Elsie.  I think he was baptised John T, 10.10.1895 Eastmoor, Norfolk, but his gravestone has him as Thomas John Barley.  His father's name was John and his Grandfather's name was Thomas. He died in 1981 and he and his wife are buried in the churchyard at Oxborough.  I don't know when he bought it but he had been a Policeman in the Met. in London.  They obviously retired back to Norfolk and they ran it as a smallholding and I remember his animals, especially the goats. His sister, Hilda, married a man called Robert Kellingray and she was the Postmistress in Oxborough and lived next door to my Grandmother, which is how we came to know them.
Margaret Dayer - 27th March 2017

O. S. Map 1883
O. S. Map 1883
Courtesy of NLS map images

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

Four windmills and one watermill were recorded at Gooderstone.

Unallocated Millers - probably joint or single tenants at one or more mill in the parish

White's 1836: Brook & Judd, corn millers

Census 1841:

Robert Cobbin (30) miller
Martha Cobbin (30)
Elizabeth Cobbin (2)
Louisa Cobbin (1)
William Cobbin (1 mnth)


Census 1841:

John Whearlbelly (25) miller
Mary Whearlbelly (35)
Mary Whearlbelly (5)
Louisa Whearlbelly (2)


Census 1841:

James Brook (30) miller
Lavina Brook (35)
Elizabeth Brook (65)
Henry Elcot (5)
William Lambert (15) apprentice miller

White's 1845: James Brooke, miller, Wind Mill

1846: Miles Newman, miller

Census 1851: John Burton (20) b.Gooderstone, journeyman miller (farmer's son living at home)

Census 1851:

Titus Gathercole (53) b.Foulden, master miller
Thomas Gathercole (22) b.Cockley Cley, miller (son)
Jane Gathercole (13) b.Cockley Cley, at home
Rebecca Gathercole (11) b.Cockley Cley, scholar
Titus Gathercole (9) b.Cockley Cley, scholar
Sarah Ann Gathercole (6) b. Cockley Cley, scholar
Elizabeth Denney (64) b.Swaffham, housekeeper
Address: Village

1853: Titus Gathercole, miller, farmer, flour & coal dealer, beerhouse keeper & tobacco dealer

White's 1854:

Here are three wind mills, and a water_mill, the latter on the banks of a rivulet which flows southward to the Wissey.

White's 1854: John Lee, corn miller & baker.

White's 1864: William Preston, miller

1865 & 1868: William Preston, miller

1872: George Chapman

1875: Grimwood Wood, miller

1875 & 1878: John Whalebelly, miller

Kelly's 1879: Robert Field, miller

1883 & 1886: John Willden, miller

1888: Samuel Freestone, miller


c.1829: Mill built for George Seppings

White's 1836: Charles Brooke & Mallows Garrod, corn millers

Tithe Award map 1839: Windmill

Tithe Award 1841: Owner: George Seppings; Occupiers: Charles Brooke & others

November 1843: Mill advertised by George Seppings to be let

May 1846: Mill, house & land advertised to be sold by auction as freehold

May 1847: Mill, house & land advertised to be sold by auction as freehold

December May 1847: Mill, house & land advertised to be sold by auction as freehold

White's 1845: Charles Brooke & Mallows Garrod, corn millers,
Wind & Water Mills

White's 1854: Charles Brooke & Mallows Garrod, corn millers

1858: Charles Brooke & Mallows Garrod, millers, also at watermill

January 1861: Partnership of Charles Brooke & Mallows Garrod dissolved leaving Charles Brooke in charge

1863: James Charles Brooke, miller & farmer

White's 1864: Charles Brooke, miller & farmer (owner)

White's 1883: James Charles Brooke, farmer, corn miller & landowner

1890 Thomas William King, miller, also at the watermill.

O.S. map 1891: Windmill

Kelly's 1892: Thomas William King, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1892: Thomas William King, miller (wind & water)

Kelly's 1896: Thomas William King, miller (wind & water)

Kelly's 1900: Thomas William King, miller (wind & water)

Kelly's 1904: Thomas William King, miller (wind & water)

Kelly's 1908: Thomas William King, miller (wind & water)

Kelly's 1912: Thomas William King, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1916: Thomas William King, miller (wind)

1918: Horace Thomas King, miller

Kelly's 1922: Fred Grimes, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1925:
George Harris, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1929:
George Harris, miller (wind)

1936: Karl Wood painting showing mill with cap, four sails, broken fan & gallery

O.S. map 1946: Windmill

c.1952: Thomas John Barley, (John T. Barley), Mill House

1970: Tower still remaining with around 6 feet removed and a French burr stone at each doorway

1975: Mill wright John Lawn took out the French burr stones and other fittings

1981: John Barley died

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