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22nd May 1979
22nd May 1979

Holt Heath post mill stood on the east side of the Hunworth Road. It was built by Alexander and Thomas Boyd in 1847 along with Heath House, which has a datestone 1847 on a chimney. At 18 feet high and 24 feet in diameter, the three storey roundhouse containing 14 foot piers, was the second highest ever recorded in Norfolk, with only Swanton_Morley being some 2 feet higher. The mill used 2 pairs of patent sails to power two pairs of French burr stones and had a fantail.


The census of 1851 recorded William Daplyln as a journeyman miller working at Holt towermill.


HOLT HEATH

GEO. W. SALTER to submit to Public Sale at Norfolk Hotel, Norwich Saturday 17 June 1854 at
3 o'clock.
HOLT LODGE ESTATE
Family Residence. 'The Lodge'
Recently erected Dwelling House, 'Heath House'
WINDMILL, Brick kiln, 8 cottages, 594 a.
Heath House built within the last seven years. Windmill erected at the same period at a convenient distance from the house is fitted with patent sails and self-winding apparatus, drives two pairs of French stones and is placed over a brick roundhouse containing two floors and a wheat chamber and a considerable trade has for some time been carried on and may readily be greatly extended.
Apply to Kent & Watson, Solicitors, Fakenham or Auctioneer, Attleborough.

Norfolk Chronicle - 27th May, 3rd & 10th June 1854


HOLT HEATH

GEO. W. SALTER to submit to Public Sale at Feathers Inn, Holt Friday 28 July 1854 at 4 o'clock.
HOLT LODGE ESTATE
Family Residence. 'The Lodge'
Recently erected Dwelling House, 'Heath House'
WINDMILL, Brick kiln, 8 cottages, 594 a.
Heath House built within the last seven years. Windmill erected at the same period at a convenient distance from the house is fitted with patent sails and self-winding apparatus, drives two pairs of French stones and is placed over a brick roundhouse containing two floors and a wheat chamber and a considerable trade has for some time been carried on and may readily be greatly extended.
Apply to Kent & Watson, Solicitors, Fakenham or Auctioneer, Attleborough.

Norfolk Chronicle - 15th & 22nd July 1854


WANTED, a Young Man as MILLER; one who understands his Business.
Apply to Wm. Daplyn, Miller Holt, Norfolk.
Norfolk News - 13th November 1858


Local Bankrupts (From LONDON GAZETTE)
Friday January 22
William Daplyn, Holt, miller.
Norfolk Chronicle - 30th January 1864


Bankrupts (From the "Gazette")
William Daplyn, Holt, miller. February 2
Norfolk News - 30th January 1864


O.S. Map 1885
O.S. Map 1885 - mill was the black dot to the east of Heath House
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 1885
O.S. Map 1885 - mill was the east of Hill House
Courtesy of NLS map images

1847: Mill and house built by Alexander and Thomas Boyd

1850: Alexander and Thomas Boyd, millers

Saturday 17th June 1854: Holt Lodge Estate auctioned at Norfolk Hotel, Norwich but remained unsold

Friday 28th July 1854: Holt Lodge Estate auctioned at Feathers Hotel, Holt

Kelly's 1854: Alexander & N Thomas Boyd, corn miller & farmers, Norwich Road

Craven's 1856: William Daplyn, house Market Place, Holt

1858: William Daplyn, miller

White's 1864: William Daplyn, corn miller, Norwich rd

1864: William Daplyn, bankrupt

1854-1878: William Daplyn, Market Place, Holt, miller and merchant

c.1883: Mill ceased working

White's 1883:
George Wilkinson (W. & Slann) , com. in all courts, and for taking acknowledgements of deeds, registrar of county court, & conservative registration agent for the polling districts of Holt, Aylsham, Cromer & Aldborough; h Heath house, Norwich road

O.S. map 1884: Windmill

1971: John Watson bought Heath House

1984: Roundhouse and piers remain but very overgrown and hidden within trees

2007: Roundhouse partially cleared


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