Langham
postmills


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Langham had two post windmills in the 1700s that stood side by side. Both mills were shown on Faden's map of 1797 but one mill had disappeared by the time Bryant's map was published in 1826.


The remaining mill had a brick and stone 2 storey roundhouse and at some point the common sails were uprated to 4 double shuttered patent sails that powered 2 pairs of stones, a flour mill and jumper. The inner pair of sails had 6 bays of 3 shutters and 2 bays of 2 shutters, while the outer pair had 6 bays of 3 shutters and 1 pair of 2 shutters. There was a gallery at the eaves and a 6 bladed fan was set on a tailpole with cart wheels.


In 1841 a bake office and shop were also being run on the premises.


Langham, November 22, 1780

Notice of Assignment etc.
SOLOMON COLLS, late of Letheringsett in the county of Norfolk, now of Langham aforesaid, Miller, having assigned over his Effects for the equal Benefit of his Creditors ... Accounts & Demands to Thomas Mendham of Briston.
Household Furniture & Effects will be sold on Tuesday 5 December next.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th November & 2nd December 1780

Solomon Colls
Creditors also to meet at the Feathers Inn, Holt, 12 June next "upon special affairs" ...

Thomas Mendham
Norfolk Chronicle - 31st May & 7th June 1783

Faden's map 1797
Faden's map 1797

Notice re
Henry Kerrison of Langham, Miller & Baker
Deed of Assignment

Norfolk Chronicle - 30th January 1819


Notice to Creditors of
Henry Kerrison of Langham, Miller & Baker
to receive a composition upon their debts.

Norfolk Chronicle - 4th March 1820


Langham, Norfolk. To be Sold by Auction on 21 May inst. at the Feathers Inn, Holt.
Lot 1. A freehold estate comprising a capital Post Windmill, situate in the parish of Langham, driving two pair of stones, with Patent Sails, flour mill, jumper and all going gears, and a commodious Round house, brick and stone built.
May be viewed on application to Mr. Beeston Wright, of Langham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 14th May 1836


LANGHAM, Norfolk.
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Wm. Kendle on Saturday 21 May instant at the Feathers Inn, Holt at 4 o'c.
The following Valuable Freehold & Copyhold Estates
Lot 1. A FREEHOLD ESTATE comprising a capital Post Windmill, situate in the parish of Langham, driving two pair of stones, with patent sails, flour mill, jumper and all going gears complete & a commodious Roundhouse, brick and stone built. Also three Cottages near the Mill with gardens, comprising with the site of the Mill 1r. 23p.
The Premises may be viewed on application to Mr. Beeston Wright, of Langham, also of Messrs. BALLACHEY & SON, Solrs. Holt or of the Auctioneer, West Beckham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 14th & 21st May 1836


LANGHAM near Holt
For Sale by Auction by Mr. Seppings at the Feathers Inn, Holt on Monday 22 November 1841 at 6 o'c.
A substantial well built POST WINDMILL with Patent sails & working two pairs of Stones with all the machinery new & complete, three Cottages near the Mill & Dwelling House with a Baking Office, General Shop & offices attached. Also seven Cottages with Gardens belonging. (Particulars in Norwich Papers next week)
Apply to Messrs. BALLACHEY & WEBB, Solrs. Holt, Mr. ORRIS, Lower Close, Norwich & Mr. SEPPING's offices Swaffham & No. 1 Exchange Street, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 13th November 1841


LANGHAM
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Seppings at the Feathers Inn, Holt on Monday 22 November 1841 at 6 o'c.
Lot 1. A Freehold Estate comprising a capital Post Windmill well situate for Trade with Patent Sails, Flour Mill & Jumper & all going Gears complete, driving two pair of Stones, & commodious Brick & Stone Roundhouse; also three Cottages near the Mill with Stable. All in the occupation of Mr. R. Wall.
Apply to Messrs. BALLACHEY & WEBB, Solrs. Holt, Mr. ORRIS, Lower Close, Norwich & Mr. SEPPING's offices Swaffham & No. 1 Exchange Street, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th November 1841


... Salthouse and Kelling Churches in one, bearing S. ¼ E., will carry you just clear to the eastward of the Blakeney Knock and on Langham white mills, which are to the westward of Blakeney, is mark for the harbour; you should bring them about S. ¼ E.
The Seaman's Guide - 1850


LANGHAM
To be SOLD by Private Contract
All that very substantial & well built POST WINDMILL with two pair of stones (nearly new) & capital roundhouse, now in full trade, with an excellent Dwelling house, new cart lodge, granary & stable & about 3 roods of Land situate in the parish of Langham in the county of Norfolk, within 3 miles of Blakeney.
The above Property is Freehold.
Particulars on application to Mr. Wm. Barber on the Premises or to Mr. John Waller, Auctioneer, Cley next the Sea.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette - 5th & 12th October 1850


Manor of LANGHAM
Mr. Butcher is honoured with instructions to Sell by Auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on Wednesday October 27, 1852 at 2 o'c in 8 Lots
Lot 3. A POST WINDMILL with Roundhouse, two Floors & driving two pairs of stones. Also a Cottage adjoining with Stable, Cart lodge, Granary, Yard, Garden etc. in the occupation of Robert Wall. Land tax redeemed.
Apply to Henry Hughes Hallett Esq. Solr. 58 Lincoln Inn Fields, London or Mr. Butcher, Land Agent & Auctioneer, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th, 11th & 25th September, 9th & 16th October 1852


Situation Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a steady Single Man to work a WINDMILL; to Board & Lodge in the House.
Apply to S. Amies, Langham, Holt.
Norfolk News - 22nd October 1864


Kelly's 1879: Samuel Amies, farmer


1780: Solomon Colls. miller (possibly not of Langham mill) assigned his effects for the benefit of creditors

Faden's map 1797:
Langham W. Mills (2 mills)

January 1819: Henry Kerrison, miller & baker, made a Deed of Assignment

1820: Henry Kerrison, miller & baker

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill (1 mill)

White's 1836: Beeston Wright, yeoman & miller

May 1836: Mill advertised for sale by auction

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

c.1840: Mill machinery renewed


Census 1841:

Robert Wall (35) miller

Ann Wall (35)
Harriet Wall (11)
Robert Wall (8)
Susannah Wall (9 mnths)

Robert Stapleton (15) millers’apprentice

William.Rudd (50) Methodist preacher

John Wall (20) miller, living in the home of William Comer (40) steward

Henry Kerrison (70) miller

Mary Kerrison (70)

Adam Kerrison, labourer

James Massingham (21) miller, living in the home of John Massingham, blacksmith


November 1841: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1845: Robert Barber, miller

1850: William Barber, miller

October 1850: Mill advertised for sale by private contract


Census 1851:

John Wall (29) b.Saxthorpe, miller

Mary Ann Wall (25) b.Langham
Harriet Wall (11)
Sarah Wall (9) b.Langham
Thomas Wall (8) b.Langham
Hannah Wall (6) b.Langham
William Wall (2) b.Langham


1852: Robert Wall, miller

September 1852: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1853: John Wall, miller

White's 1854: Robert Wall, miller & baker

1856: Robert Wall, miller

1858: John Wall, miller


Census 1861:

Samuel Amies (38) b.Nth. Walsham, miller
Susanna Amies (46) b.Bradfield
William Crane (18) b. Nth. Walsham, apprentice miller


1863: Samuel Amies, miller

White's 1864: Samuel Amies, farmer & corn miller

1872: Samuel Amies, miller

1971: Harry Wyer, Mill House (had photo)



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