Harpley postmill


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Harpley postmill stood outside the village to the southeast. The mill ran a single pair of stones and a horse flour mill with a 16 foot wheel was also used on the premises.


Will of William Brooke dated 18th September 1790 and proved at Houghton on 27th October 1792

Executors:- Wife Ann & John Youngs, Houghton, farmer
Messuages, Land, Tenements & Hereditaments & premises to Wife for life, then to children & Wm. Catton, her son by former husband.
When Wm. Catton 21, to convey to Wife & children "All that piece of land lying in Harpley aforesaid wheron my windmill stands now erected."

Debtors & Creditors
All persons indebted to William Brooke late of Harpley in the county of Norfolk, Miller & Baker, deceased, ... pay debts to Mrs. Ann Brooke of Harpley aforesaid, his widow ... Executrix ...

Norfolk Chronicle - 13th, 20th & 27th October & 3rd November 1792


Sale of Household Furniture etc. of
W. Catton, Miller ...
a good horse flour mill wheel 16 ft. diameter
...
W. C. requests his creditors to meet him at the Rose & Crown in Snettisham on Thursday 25th instant to take into consideration & fix a time as may enable him to collect his debts & satsify the full of their demands.
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th September 1800


Insolvent Debtor in Norwich Gaol
Ann Brooke late of Harpley, Miller

Norfolk Chronicle - 4th July 1801


Wind-Mill, Harpley, Norfolk.
To be Sold by Auction ..... By Charles Cruso ........ At the Dukes Head Inn, Lynn
On Tuesday 21 June 1803 at 4 o'c

A Capital POST WIND-MILL eligibly situated for trade in Harpley in the county of Norfolk, with one pair of stones, going geers, flour mill & a granary adjoining the mill, which will contain 30 lasts of corn, all in good repair, together with a piece of Freehold land belonging to the same, lately occupied by Mr. William Catton.
The fixtures & utensils in the mill to be taken at valuation.
Also a Copyhold Cottage
Enquire of Mr. Hemington, Lynn, Norfolk

Norfolk Chronicle - 11th & 16th June 1803


To be Sold
A Capital POST WIND-MILL eligibly situated for trade in Harpley in the county of Norfolk, with one pair of stones, going gears, flour mill, a granary which will contain 30 lasts of corn, in good repair and a piece of Freehold land belonging to the same, late in the occupation of William Catton & now of Edward Barber.
Possession may be had at Old Lady day next.
Apply to Mr. Pretty of Snettisham or of Mr. Hemington, Solr. Lynn.

Norfolk Chronicle - 17th & 24th October 1807


To be Sold by Auction ..... By William Curle ........ At the Maids Head in Kings Lynn
On Tuesday 13 December 1808 at 3 o'c

Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract
A Capital POST WINDMILL eligibly situated for trade in Harpley in the county of Norfolk, with one pair of stones, going gears, flour mill, a granary which will contain 30 lasts of corn, in good repair and a piece of Freehold land belonging to the same, late in the occupation of William Catton & now of Edward Barber.
Possession may be had at Old Lady day next.
Apply to Mr. Pretty of Snettisham or of Mr. Hemington, Solr. Lynn.

Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd & 10th December 1808


To be Sold or Let
A strong built POST WINDMILL eligibly situated for carrying on an extensive business in Harpley & parishes adjacent in the county of Norfolk, with one pair of stones, going geers complete, a Flour Mill & large granary, nearly adjoining together, with a piece of freehold Land contiguous.
Also to be sold two Cottages in Harpley in good repair.
Enquire of Mr. Hemington, Lynn.

Norfolk Chronicle - 31st August 1811


To be Sold by Auction
By Messrs. Curle & Son
On Monday 15th of this instant March

At the Crown in Harpley in the county of Norfolk, at 4 o'c
All that Piece of FREEHOLD LAND with a POST WINDMILL, granary & other buildings standing on part of the said land in Harpley aforesaid. Possession may be had immediately.
And application to be made at the office of Mr. Hemington, Lynn.
March 2, 1813.
Norfolk Chronicle - 6th & 13th March 1813


1790: William Brooke, miller & baker

1792: William Brooke died

1792: Ann Brooke, miller

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

September 1801: Business & personal effects of William Catton advertised for sale

1801: Ann Brooke, miller, insolvent debtor in Norwich gaol

1803: William Catton, miller (son of Ann Brooke by earlier marriage)

June 1803: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1807: Edward Barber, miller

October 1807: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1808: Edward Barber, miller

December 1808: Mill advertised for sale by auction

August 1811: Mill advertised for sale or let

March 1813: Mill advertised for sale by auction

O.S. map 1824: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

c.1832: Mill demolished to make way for the building of Harpley towermill

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