Mattishall
Norwich Road
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Mattishall smockmill was built to the east of the village just to the south of the Norwich Road. The mill ran two pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and jumper.


Isaac Hardy married in 1766 and his son Michael snr. married Mary (née Kiddle) with their son Michael jnr. being baptised in 1794. Michael jnr. married Elizabeth (née Meachen) and they had 3 daughters at Mattishall.
Ann was baptised on 6th May 1819, Harriet on 23rd February 1823 and Elizabeth on 22nd March 1826.


Michael Hardy jnr.had been involved with milling for some years by the time he built Dereham_towermill in 1836. In 1819 he owned and ran Mattishall Norwich Rd smockmill and in 1829 he started to run the newly built Gressenhall smockmill and in 1836 he was also running Ovington old postmill.
In 1851 Michael Hardy jnr was a baker living at Frinket Street and his son Michael jnr. jnr. was baptised at Beetley in 1831.

Announcement re. The Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors:
MICHAEL HARDY, formerly of Mattishall, Miller, and at the same time carrying on business as a Baker at East Tuddenham; then of Wicklewood, Miller; then of Beetley, Miller and Baker; then of Wicklewood aforesaid, Miller; and lately of Wicklewood, aforesaid. 
Norfolk Chronicle - 13th October 1838

The earlier announcement in the London Gazette on 12th October 1838 described Michael Hardy as a Journeyman Miller.


Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1838
Owner: George Vassar
Occupier: William Buller

No. 695

House, Mill & Yards


Part

0a. 1r. 0p.
55a. 0r. 37p.


£7. 12. 6 to Vicar
15. 9. 0 to Imprs


To Millers To be Let
At MATTISHALL near East Dereham
An excellent SMOCK TOWER WINDMILL now in full trade with two pair of French Stones, Flour Mill and Jumper with all Going Gear complete, in good repair, with or without six acres of Arable Land.
Possession may be had at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. William Butter at Mattishall.

Norfolk Chronicle - 15th July 1843


MATTISHALL
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Samuel Lock at the Swan Inn, Mattishall on Thursday 4 July at 4 o'c.
A capital Freehold WINDMILL with Dwelling house attached situate in Mattishall in Norfolk now in the occupation of Mr. William Butters.
Also two pieces of land at Welborne.
Possession will be given at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. I. O. Taylor, Solr. St. Giles,
Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd June 1844


MATTISHALL
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Samuel Lock at the Swan Inn, Mattishall on Thursday 11 July 1844 at 4 o'c (instead of 4 July as previously advertised)
Lot 1. A capital WINDMILL with a Messuage, Barn, Outbuildings, Yard, Garden and appurtenances thereto belonging, situate at Mattishall and now in the occupation of Mr. William Butter.
Particulars of Mr. I. O. Taylor, Solr.
Norwich, the Auctioneer at Barton Bendish and at the place of sale.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th June 1844


MATTISHALL
To Let with Possession at Michaelmas next
A Capital POST WINDMILL eligibly situated in the populous Town of Mattishall near East Dereham in the County of Norfolk, now occupied by Mr. Butter.
For rent etc. apply to Mr. I. O. Taylor, Solr.
St. Giles Street, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 5th October 1844
N.B. Post windmill error for smock windmill


Mattishall Rate Book
.
Rateable
Value
Year
Qtr.
Occupier
Owner
Property
1819
Reg Bap
Michael Hardy Michael Hardy
.
.
1826
Matshl Surv
Michael Hardy Michael Hardy
.
.
1827
Reg Bap
John Howe .
.
.
1836
July
John Howe George Vassar
HM
£5
1837
Oct
Christmas Fulcher - Highways Rate
HM
£6
1838
Sept
William Butter George Vassar
HM
£5
1839
Aug
William Butter George Vassar
HM
£23/5/-
1840
Feb
William Butter George Vassar
HML
£19/10/-
1844
Oct
Levi Reynolds George Vassar
HML
£19/10/-
1847
Oct
Edward Sendall George Vassar
HML
£19/10/-
1862
Jan
Edward Sendall George Vassar
HPL
£5/13/-
1862
Apl
Edward Sendall George Vassar
HPL
£6
1862
Oct
Thomas Stimpson George Vassar
HPL
£6
Dates given are those first showing changes
Poor Rate commencing July 1836 then 1st quarter showing change
Rate in pound varied from 3d November 1840 to 1s. 3d. May 1939 *
N.B. * to 1s. 6d. November 1838 with an exceptional rate of 3s. 6d. September 1838
H = House; L = Land; M = Mill; P = Premises

MATTISHALL & WELBORNE, Norfolk

Capital newly built Dwelling House and mill together with 8 acres of rich arable land
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. RAMSDALE, at the Swan Inn, Mattishall on Monday 3rd August 1857 at 5 o'clock
In three lots
Lot 1.
All that newly erected and substantially built Brick and Tiled MESSUAGE situate in Town Lane in Mattishall aforesaid with the Yards, Gardens, Stables, Hay-house, Cart Lodge and Store-house adjoining; and all that substantially built SMOCK TOWER WINDMILL driving two pairs of stones, with the flour mill, sifter and all requisite machinery in excellent condition, situate adjoining or near the said dwelling house, comprising altogether, with the site of the Buildings One Rood, more or less. Freehold.
Lot 2.
Arable land ... Mattishall ... 2a. more or less. Freehold
Lot 3.
Arable land ... Welborne ... 6a. more or less. Copyhold Manor of Welborne.
Apply to Mr. Drake, Solicitor, to Messrs. Cooper & Sons or to the Auctioneer, East Dereham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 1st August 1857

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

Rate Book 1819: Michael Hardy, miller, owner & occupier

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Rate Book 1826: Michael Hardy, miller, owner & occupier

1826: John Lemmon

Rate Book 1827: Michael Hardy, miller

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

Rate Book July 1836: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: John Howe

Rate Book October 1837: Occupier: Christmas Fulcher

1838: Court announcement re. Relief for Insolvent Debtors - Michael Hardy

Rate Book September 1838: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: William Butter

Tithe Award 1838: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: William Buller (error for Butter)

Rate Book August 1839: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: William Butter

Rate Book February 1840: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: William Butter

1843: William Butter, miller

July 1843: Mill advertised to be let

June 1844: Mill advertised for sale by auction in the occupation of William Butters

October 1844: Mill advertised to be let in the occupation of William Butter

Rate Book October 1844: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: Levi Reynolds

1844: Levi Reynolds, miller (1847 tenant miller at Mill Road postmill)

Rate Book October 1847: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: Edward Sendall

1847: Edward Sendall, miller

1848: John Lemmon died

1848: Martha Lemmon (widow) and son Thomas Lemmon

Monday 3rd August 1857: Mill for sale by auction at the Swan Inn, Mattishall but was not sold

October 1857: Mill advertised for private sale and bought by sitting tenant Edward Sendall

1861: Edward Sendall, miller

April 1861: Mill had ceased working

1861: Mill demolished

Rate Book January 1862: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: Edward Sendall (house, premises & land only)

Rate Book April 1862: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: Edward Sendall (house, premises & land only)

Rate Book October 1862: Owner: George Vassar; Occupier: Edward Sendall (house, premises & land only)


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