Gt Dunham
smockmill


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Gt Dunham smockmill stood on Great Dunham Common and was eventually replaced by a more substantial towermill on the same site. The mill was turned into the wind by a fantail and the sails powered 2 pairs of 4ft French burr stones, a boulting mill and a flour mill.


To be SOLD or LETT
And entered upojn at Michaelmas next
A Very good accustomed WIND-MILL now in the occupation of John Beeston, new built about five or six years since & also a new Dwelling House, Outhouses & other conveniences thereunto adjoining, with half an Acre of Land (all Freehold) lying & being situate on Great Dunham Common. The Mill is in good condition, carrying two pairs of Stones & a boulting Mill within itself & is situate in a very good Part of the County for Business.
For further particulars enquire of Mr. John Dungar of Great Dunham aforesaid.

Norwich Mercury - 17th & 24th July 1762


... John Beeston, late of Witchingham, Miller, deceased ...
Norwich Mercury - 5th March 1763


Notice to Creditors & Debtors of
Thomas Eldred of Great Dunham, Miller ...
conveyed & assigned real & personal property to Trustees for benefit of creditors ...

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th September 1800


Norfolk Freehold Mill
To be Sold by Auction By W. Parson On Wednesday October 15 1800 at Great Dunham near Swaffham, Norfolk.
A TOWER WINDMILL, Dwelling house, cart lodge & about six acres of land situate in Great Dunham aforesaid. Also all the household furniture, horses, carts, utensils, harness & other effects as will be expressed in future papers.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th October 1800


To be Sold by Auction
By W. Parson
(For the Benefit of the Creditors of Thomas Eldred)
At the Tunns, in Necton, Norfolk on WEdnesday 15 October instant at 3 o'c.
All that Freehold MESSUAGE, Buildings & CORN WIND-MILL with the workshop, stables, granary, yard & garden thereto belonging & two inclosures of land adjoining containing six acres (more or less) very conveniently situated for an extensive trade at Great Dunham, Norfolk & late in the occupation of the said Thomas Eldred.
The buildings are all in excellent repair, a considerable sum of money having lately been expended thereon.
Apply to Mr. Yarrington of Swaffham or to the Aucioneer, Attleborough.

Norfolk Chronicle - 11th October 1800


To be Let by Auction By T. Platten At the Bull Inn in Litcham in Norfolk. On Monday 7 June 1802 between the hours of 5 & 6 of the clock in the afternoon.
A Very compact Dwelling House with suitable Offices & outbuildings & 6 acres (by estimation) of very good Arable Land adjoining thereto, situate & being in Great Dunham in Norfolk, together with a very compleat WIND-MILL standing on the aforesaid premises.
Possession may be had on the 6th day of July next.
Apply to Mr. Samuel King, Attorney, Litcham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 5th June 1802


To Millers, Bakers & others
To be Sold by Private Contract
A Capital SMOCK WINDMILL with winding tackle, two pair of four feet French Stones, flour mill & going geers complete, together with a substantial & well built Dwelling house, barn, granary, stable, cow house & other requisite buildings in good repair & 6 acres by estimation of excellent arable & pasture Land lying within a ring fence & in a high state of cutivation, situate at GREAT DUNHAM in Norfolk & now in the occupation of Mr. Jonathan Fryer, the Proprietor, where an extensive business has been carried on for a great many years.
All Freehold & possession may be had at Michaelmas next.

Apply to Mr. Fryer on the premises or to Mr. J. W. Duffield, farmer, Thompson, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th March 1831
... or to Mr. Sewell, Solr. Swaffham
16th & 23rd July 1831


c.1756: Mill built

1762: John Beeston, miller

July 1762: Mill advertised to be sold or let

1763: John Beeston, miller, died

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

1800: Thomas Eldred, miller

1800: Thomas Eldred insolvent

October 1800: Mill advertised for sale by auction along with the personal effects of Thomas Eldred

Poll Book 1802: James Eldridge, miller

June 1802: Mill advertised to be let by auction

1831: Jonathan Fryer, miller

March 1831: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

White's 1836: John George, miller

1837: Jonathan Fryer, miller, died and was buried in Gt Dunham churchyard

c.1840: Mill demolished to be replaced by a towermill


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