Loddon
Mill Road
towermill


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Loddon tower windmill stood on the east side of Mill Road to the southwest of the postmill. The mill had a Norfolk boat shaped cap with a fantail and gallery and used 4 double shuttered sails to power the stones. One pair of sails had 9 bays of 3 shutters and the other pair had 8 bays of 3 shutters and 1 bay of 2 shutters that were struck via a tail pole.


One of the earlier known millers was William Burton snr who was born in Colton c.1774 and was left money by his maternal grandfather to pay for his apprenticeship.

He first married Sarah King but there are virtually no known details of this liason. On 17th May 1813, he married his second wife Mary Rush in Loddon. William and Mary had eight children - Sarah Ann Burton bapt 8th July 1803; William Burton bapt 5th May 1803 (died soon after birth); William Burton jnr bapt 27th June 1809 Loddon; Esther Burton born c.1823 Loddon.

William jnr worked as miller with his father for many years. He married Elizabeth Napp (born c.1818) on 25th December 1837 at Loddon. Before Elizabeth died (buried 18th August 1840), they had one child, Elizabeth, who went on to marry Arthur Trollope at Newton Flotman on 11th May 1858. She died at New Lakenham 17 years later on 23rd April 1875.

William Burton snr. died in 1852 and was buried in Loddon churchyard beside 2nd wife Mary and 2 daughters Martha and Esther.
William left instructions that both the towermill and the watermill along with the land should be sold with £1,000 of the proceeds to be invested in government stock.


Burton
family tree

Bryant's map 1826
Bryant's map 1826

A tower mill at Loddon uncapped in whirlwind & two men killed by its falling. Many mills dismantled.
Whistlecraft. Rural Gleanings - 12th July 1832


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

Tithe Award 1841
Map by W. G. Jones
Owner: Rev. John Gilbert
Occupier: Nelson Hayward

No. 423
No. 579
No. 582
No. 609

House Watermill & yards
Mill Meadow
do
Mill & Field

 



4a. 0r. 32p.

Pt. £1. 4. 9 to Vicar
17.8 to Imprs.


LODDON MILLS
To be Let on LEASE from April 6, 1853
A BRICK TOWER MILL and a WATER_MILL with Dwelling House, Barn, Stable and about 10a. of Land
Application to be made by letter stamped and directed to A.B. to be left at the Post Office, Loddon.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th December 1852


To Journeymen Millers
WANTED, a steady honest MAN to work a Wind-mill. Character from his last employer will be required.
Apply to Mr. J. Feltham, Loddon Mills or Corn Hall, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 4th September 1858


Situations Vacant
WANTED, a steady respectable Youth as an APPRENTICE to a MILLER.
Apply to Mr. J. Feltham, Loddon Mills or his Stand, Corn Hall, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 20th June 1863


Situations Vacant To Millers
WANTED, a steady respectable Man to work a Windmill.
Apply to J. Feltham, Loddon Mills.
Norfolk News - 19th January 1867


Situations Vacant
WANTED, a respectable young man as JOURNEYMAN MILLER or IMPROVER.
Apply to J. Feltham, Loddon Mills.
Norfolk News - 3rd September 1870


Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a respectable Man to take the General Work of a MILL & Drive a PORTABLE ENGINE when required. A Married Man preferred.
Apply to J. Feltham, Loddon Mills.
Norfolk News - 29th April 1871


To Millers
WANTED, a steady respectable Man that has a good knowledge of his Business.
Apply to J. Feltham, Norwich Corn Hall.

Norfolk News - 15th June 1872

Jonathan Feltham, Deceased.
Notice re claim on Estate of Jonathan Feltham formerly of Loddon & late of Sizeland, Miller & Farmer, who died on or about 7 July 1878, to Surviving Executor, Mary Ann Feltham; will proved 17 August 1878.

Overbury & Gilbert, Solrs. to said Executors.
Norfolk Chronicle - 10th April 1880

One mill (post_mill) in meadow to north, other on mound to west of house. Refer to Mr. Goreham, Clerk to Council.
Mrs. Harvey, East Hill, Mill Road - 15th July 1971 (letter to Harry Apling)


O. S. Map 1884

O. S. Map 1884
Towermill to the southwest
and Pye's postmill to the northeast
Courtesy of NLS map images


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

Kelly's 1879: William Riches Blunderfield, grocer & draper

Kelly's 1904: Samuel Galer, market gardener & farmer

Kelly's 1908: George Galer, nurseryman & fruit grower


Bryant's map 1826: Lower Mills (mill to west of postmill)

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

July 1832: Mill cap blown off in a whirlwind & 2 men killed by it falling

White's 1836: William Burton, corn miller - also at Loddon watermill

Tithe Award 1841:
Owner: Rev. John Gilbert; Occupier: Nelson Hayward

Census 1841:

William Burton (65) miller
Mary Burton (65)
William Burton (30)
Martha Burton (20)
Esther Burton (15) son

Elizabeth Burton (10 mnths)
Samuel Alexander (20), miller
George Burton (30)
Susannah Burton (30) wife
George Burton (5)
David Burton (3)
Jane Burton (3)

White's 1845: William Burton, corn miller - also at Loddon watermill

Hunt's 1850: William Burton, miller - also at Loddon watermill

December 1852: Mill advertised to be let along with watermill

1853: Jonathan Feltham, miller

White's 1854: Jonathan Feltham, corn miller & farmer (ex Lakenham Peafield towermill)

1861: Jonathan Feltham, miller - also Loddon watermill

1863: Jonathan Feltham, miller

White's 1864: Jonathan Feltham, corn miller & farmer

1867: Jonathan Feltham, miller

1871: Mill using auxiliary steam power

1871: Jonathan Feltham, farmer of 95 acres, also miller employing 5 labourers and 2 boys

1875: Jonathan Feltham, miller - also Loddon watermill

1878: Jonathan Feltham, miller

July 1878: Jonathan Feltham died

O.S. map 1884: Corn Windmill

Kelly's 1892:

William Riches Blunderfield, grocer & draper, farmer & miller (wind & steam) & registrar of marriages

Kelly's 1896: Frederick Thrower, miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1900: Frederick Thrower, miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1904: James Edward Galer, miller (wind & steam) & coal merchant


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