Mattishall
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Mattishall tower windmill stood in Mill Road, on the northwest side of the village. The tower was 5 storeys high and built of red brick in 1857-1858 for farmer Matthew Yull. The mill site was originally in Mill Street and was previously occupied by a postmill which Matthew Yull had bought from Richard Sendall in 1840. At some point after the new towermill was built, the road name was changed from Mill Street to Mill Road, possibly at the same time as nearby Town Lane was renamed Mill Street. The new mill was built to produce flour using two pairs of French burr stones, the larger pair being 4' 4" and the smaller pair 4'.


Matthew Yull ran the mill from April 1858 but it was advertised as being for sale by his mortgagees two years later. Presumably Matthew Yull came to a financial arrangement with them, as the mill was withdrawn from sale a week later. However, it appears that Matthew Yull then ceased to run the mill himself and took on a tenant.


18th May 1980
18th May 1980

Mattishall Rate Book
.
Rateable
Value
Year
Qtr.
Occupier
Owner
Property
1858
Apl
Matthew Yull Matthew Yull
M
£10/5/-
1858
Oct
Matthew Yull Matthew Yull
HML
£30
1859
July
Matthew Yull Matthew Yull
HML
£31/10/-
1860
Oct
William Murrell Matthew Yull
HML
£31/10/-
1861
Oct
Matthew Yull Matthew Yull
HML
£31/10/-
1862
Oct
John Muskett Matthew Yull
HML
£31/10/-
1864
Apl
John Muskett Matthew Yull
HML
£25/12/6
1866
Oct
John Muskett Matthew Yull
HML
£25/12/6
Dates given are those first showing changes
Poor Rate commencing July 1836 then 1st quarter showing change
H = House; L = Land; M = Mill

MATTISHALL, Norfolk

Freehold Land and newly erected Tower Windmill, Cottage, Granaries and Buildings. To be Sold by Auction
(By the direction of the Mortgagees thereof under a power of Sale)
By J. BUTTIFANT at the King's Head Inn, East Dereham on Friday 1st June 1860 at 4 o'clock
All that piece of Freehold Land containing la. 1r. 25p. abutting on the road leading from the Mattishall Turnpike to North Tuddenham with the five floor Tower Windmill, excellent Granary, 2-stall Stable, Hay house and Cart shed which have recently been erected thereon in the most substantial manner. The Mill is fitted up in the most complete manner with two pairs of French Stones 4 ft. 4 ins. and 4 ft., new machinery for wind and steam and is now in full work.
Also ... cottage ...
The Mill and Land are in the occupation of Mr. Matthew Yull and the Cottage of George Wright. Apply to Mr. Dye, Solicitor, St. Andrew's Broad-street or the Auctioneer, 22 Bethel-street, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 19th May 1860

MATTISHALL

The Sale of Freehold Land and newly erected Tower Windmill, Cottage, Granaries and Buildings advertised to take place at the Kings Head Inn, East Dereham on Friday 1st June 1860 IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th May 1860

MATTISHALL

Freehold Windmill, Cottage, Land and Premises.
Messrs. Spelman will offer for SALE by AUCTION at the Kings Arms Inn, East Dereham on Friday 31 May inst. at 3 o'c
A Freehold BRICK TOWER WINDMILL, Granary, Stable, Hay house and Cart shed recently erected in a substantial manner. The Mill is fitted up completely driving two pairs of French Stones with machinery applicable for wind or steam and is now in full work.
Also a Dwelling house containing two sitting rooms etc.
Also a Piece of Land containing with the site of the buildings 1 a. 1r. 25p.
The above is situate next the road from Mattishall Turnpike to North Tuddenham and is now in the occupation of William Murrell who is under notice to quit at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Messrs. I. O. TAYLOR & SON, Solrs. Norwich and of the Auctioneers Norwich and Yarmouth.

Norfolk Chronicle - 11th, 18th & 25th May & Norfolk News 4th & 18th May 1861

MATTISHALL

TO BE LET at Michaelmas next a BRICK TOWER WINDMILL with five floors driving two pairs of stones with machinery for driving by steam. Also a small quantity of Land if required.
Application for rent and particulars to Mr. Matthew Yull, Mattishall Old Hall, Norfolk.

Norfolk Chronicle - 21st & 28th June & 5th July 1862

LOCAL BANKRUPTS (From LONDON GAZETTE)
Tues. Nov. 23 John Muskett, Mattishall, Miller.

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th November 1870


MATTISHALL, Norfolk

Mr. W. K. FRANCIS is favoured with instructions from the Trustee of the Estate of Mr. John Muskett, Miller, Bankrupt, to Sell by Auction on Thursday 15 December 1870 all the valuable STOCK IN TRADE consisting of an excellent 8 horse power portable steam engine by Garrett & Sons, 36 coombs of wheat, 11 coombs of barley, a quantity of flour, malt and hops,... van, three miller's carts... and HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and other effects. Catalogues at the place of sale or of the Auctioneer, Commercial Road, Dereham. Sale to commence at 10 o'clock prompt...
Norfolk Chronicle - 10th December 1870

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a married man without encumbrance to work a Tower Mill.
House found.
Apply M. Farman, Mattishall, Norfolk.
Norfolk News - 13th April 1872


William Critoph was also working Yaxham_towermill in 1883 and he was a descendent of Robert Critoph of Gresham who in turn was probably related to the Critoph milling family of Sheringham and Upper Sheringham.


Died on 3rd August, at the Greenhouse, North Tuddenham, George Farman, miller, aged 42.
The Miller - 1st September 1884


NORFOLK
FREEHOLD AND COPYHOLD PROPERTIES
By Order of the Mortgagees
WEATHERALL & GREEN will Sell by Auction at the Kings Arms Hotel, East Dereham on Friday October 25 at 3 precisely, in nine Lots, a capital Brick built FARMHOUSE, Farm Buildings, Cottages, Windmill and about 36 acres of Arable and Pasture and Accommodation LANDS, situate at or near Mattishall, Westfield and Yaxham. Nearly the whole is let to good tenants of long standing at very moderate Rentals.
Particulars of Messrs. PONTIFEX, HEWITT & PITT, Solrs. Holburn Circus, London, E. C. and of the Auctioneers, 22 Chancery Lane, London.
Lynn Advertiser - 28th September, 12th & 19th October & Norfolk Chronicle - 19th October 1889


MATTISHALL, WESTFIELD AND YAXHAM
WILIAM VINCENT
Will Sell by Auction by order of the Mortgagees at the Kings Arms Hotel, East Dereham on Friday October 10, 1800 at 3 for 4 o'c the excellent brick built
FARMHOUSE AND OUTBUILDINGS
COTTAGE AND WINDMILL
together with several capital enclosures of Arable and Pasture Accommodation Lands, as now in the occupation of Messrs. Juby, Stevenson and Brown (the mill being in hand) at gross estimated rentals of £61 per annum.
The property is principally Freehold and contains altogether about 20 acres.
Particulars of the Auctioneer, East Dereham and of the Vendors Solicitors, Messrs. PONTIFEX, HEWITT & PITT, 166 Andrews Street, Holburn Circus, London, E. C.
Lynn Advertiser - 20th September 1890


The mill ceased working around 1890 and after the top section of the mill was blown off c.1893, some of the parts were used by William Lant Duffield to repair his towermill in nearby Mill Street.


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

Mr. Duffield said (1948) Mill Road mill was a 5-floor tower, run by Youll. Says top blown off a short time before he went to Mattishall (1893) and he bought some of the materials to repair his. (Mill_Street_mill).
H. E. S. Simmons, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex - July 1973


Present house, Ivydene, Mill Road, built by Lebbell King for Isaac Fisher c.1890-95. Mill out of action by then. Isaac Fisher died 1931 aged 65.
Miss Ruth Fisher, Lynchgate House, Mattishall - 6th May 1972


Mill dismantled c.1900. Now a 2 storey stump, 6 sided tiled roof. On beam, ground floor:- W. W.
Broken peak stone in garden.
Donald S. Fisher, Ivydene, Mill Road - 1972


Mills include:- Gresham watermill, windmill, Gt Dunham, Mattishall, Sheringham, Swanton Morley, Upper Sheringham, Yaxham postmill, smockmill, towermill

Kelly's 1879: William Yull, farmer


1855: Matthew Yull, farmer bought the site complete with postmill and tenant from Richard Sendall

c.July 1856: Postmill dismantled whilst in the tenancy of John Sendall

1857-1858: Towermill built for Matthew Yull

Rate Book April 1858: Matthew Yull, miller, owner & occupier

Rate Book October 1858: Matthew Yull, miller, owner & occupier

Rate Book July 1859: Matthew Yull, miller, owner & occupier

19th May 1860: Mill advertised for sale by auction on Friday 1st June 1860 but sale withdrawn a week later

Rate Book October 1860: Owner: Matthew Yull; Occupier: William Murrell

1860 - 29th September 1861: William Murrell, tenant miller

Rate Book October 1861: Matthew Yull, miller, owner & occupier

May 1861: Mill advertised for sale by auction

June 1862: Mill advertised to be let by Matthew Yull

1862-70: John Muskett, tenant miller

Rate Book October 1862: Owner: Matthew Yull; Occupier: John Muskett

White's 1864: John Muskett, corn miller; Matthew Yull, farmer at Southgreen

Rate Book April 1864: Owner: Matthew Yull; Occupier: John Muskett

Rate Book October 1866: Owner: Matthew Yull; Occupier: John Muskett

December 1870: John Muskett bankrupt and mill for sale by auction

1872: M. Farmen, miller

1875-79: George Farman, miller

Kelly's 1879: George Farman, miller & farmer

White's 1883: William Critoph, miller, also at Yaxham towermill; Matthew Yull, farmer

3rd August 1884: George Farman died aged 42

September 1889: Mill complex, farm with land at Westfield and Yaxham advertised for sale by auction

c.1890: Mill ceased working

October 1890: Mill complex again advertised for sale by auction, possibly having not sold the previous year

1890: Mill complex bought by Isaac Fisher who then built Mill House

O.S. map 1892: Windmill (Corn)

c.1893: Top section of mill blown off

c.1900: Mill dismantled

1926: Mill derelict

1931: Isaac Fisher died aged 65

1949: Stump of tower only remaining

1980: Base of tower to first floor remains with 5 sectioned tile roof


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