Litcham
postmill


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Litcham post windmill stood at Lime Kiln Farm on the north east side of the village. The mill had a roundhouse and ran 2 pairs of stones, one in the head and one in the tail. of the mill. Head and tail wheels were set on a wooden windshaft and the axle tree was 18ins. square at the tail wheel.


To Millers & Millwrights
WANTED - FOR A WINDMILL
A Counter Geered Tail WHEEL, six feet high, 3¼ inches pitch & not less than 18 inches square for the axle tree.
Any person having a good strong Wheel of this description by sending price and particulars to R. Curtis of Litcham, near Rougham, Norfolk will be immediately attended to; none but post paid letters will be opened.

Norfolk Chronicle - 17th May 1823


Mr. William Brookbank deceased
All persons having any claim or demand on the Estate & Effects of Mr. William Brookbank late of Litcham, in the County of Norfolk, Miller, deceased ... particulars to me ...

J. O. Smeetham, Solr. Executor
Kings Lynn
24 June 1841
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th June & 3rd July 1841

Tithe Award 1842
Map 1841
Owner: John Blinkinsop
Occupier: Himself

No. 144
No. 145
No. 146

Further. Lime Kiln Piece
Lime Kiln Cottage, Barn & Yards
First LimeKiln Piece

Arable

Arable

2a. 2r. 6p.
1a. 1r. 15p.
2a. 0r. 23p.
---------------
6a. 0r. 4p.

£1. 11s. 6d.


Tithe map 1841
Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1842
Map 1841
Owner: Ann Bridgeman
Occupier: John Blinkinsop

No. 122

House, Yards etc.

Pasture

0a. 0r. 11p.

 


Tithe Award enclosure no. 122 was on the corner of the north side of Front Street and the west side of Church Street. In 1842, John Blinkinsop lived and ran his shop from there but by 1973 the buildings had been demolished and the area grassed over.


LITCHAM
Messrs. F. & E. Beck
Are instructed by Mr. James Blinkinsop
To Sell by Auction at the Bull Inn, Litcham on Wednesday 27 May 1863 at 4 o'c
All that valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTY in Litcham called "Lime Kiln Estate" containing 6a. 1r. 9p. or thereabouts upon which is a capital Windmill with Roundhouse in first rate condition, an excellent Lime Kiln, with all the necessary Buildings and appurtenancies thereto, Dwelling house, Cottage, good Barn, Granaries, Stables & Outbuildings near the Lime Kiln.
The above Property is Freehold, the land is in a high state of cultivation, the Buildings are in a good state of repair & an old established Trade is attached to the same.
Particulars of Messrs. Cooper & Son, Solrs. East Dereham, Mr. Thos. Palmer, Solr. Great
Dunham & of the Auctioneers, Mileham & Oxwick.
Norfolk Chronicle - 16th & 23rd May 1863


LITCHAM
To be Sold by Auction by Messrs. F. & E. Beck at the Bull Inn, Litcham on Wednesday May 3, 1865 at 5 o'c
All that valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTY in Litcham called "Lime Kiln Estate" containing 6a. 1r. 9p. or thereabouts upon which is a capital WINDMILL with Roundhouse in first rate condition, an excellent LIME KILN, with all the necessary Buildings and appurtenancies thereto, Dwelling house, Cottage, good Barn, Granaries, Stables & Outbuildings near the Lime Kiln.
The above Property is Freehold, the land is in a high state of cultivation, the Buildings are in a good state of repair & an old established Trade is attached to the same.
Particulars of Messrs. Cooper & Son, Solrs. East Dereham, Mr. Thos. Palmer, Solr. Great
Dunham & of the Auctioneers, Mileham & Oxwick.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd April & Norfolk News - 29th April 1865


Situations Vacant
WANTED, a Young Man as MILLER & BAKER.
Apply to Mr. E. Bennett, Litcham, Norfolk.

Norfolk News - 17th October 1868


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

On 22nd November 1972, Harry Apling visited Litcham and talked to local residents.
Mrs. Gladys Moore and her son Robert, told him that foundations just below the surface interfered with cultivation in the north-east corner of
Back Field, Enclosure No. 144 of the Tithe Award map. These were probably the mill foundations, being on the highest ground, just above the 200ft. contour.

Mr Ewan of Church Street said that his father had told him there had been a windmill there.


White's 1836: John Blinkinsop, deal merchant, brickmaker & lime burner, grocer & draper

White's 1864: Mr. J. Blinkinsop


1823: R, Curtis, miller

Tithe Award 1842: John Blinkinsop, miller

White's 1845: John Blinkinsop, miller & merchant

1850: James Blenkinsop, miller & merchant

1853: James Blenkinsop, miller & merchant

White's 1854: James Forby, corn miller

28th March 1858: John Blinkinsop died aged 76 and was buried in Litcham churchyard

May 1863: MIll advertised for sale by auction

1863: Philip Bell, miller

White's 1864: Philip Bell, miller

1865: Philip Bell, miller

April 1865: MIll advertised for sale by auction

1868: William Bennett, miller & baker



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