Mattishall
Town Lane
smockmill

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Mattishall smockmill was built in Town Lane and not long after the mill was demolished to make way for the new towermill the road name was changed to Mill Street.


The mill ran two pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and jumper.


The first record of Mattishall smockmill was in 1826 when it was attributed to the Lemmon (or Leamon) family.


Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling (mill not shown)

Tithe Award 1838
Owner: John Lemon
Occupier: do


No. 555


Mill & yard


0a. 1r. 0p.

Part of
£7/6d to Vicar
11/- to Improprietors


William Butters rented the mill from John Lemmon in 1841. After William Butters' tenancy ended in 1843, John Lemmon ran the mill again until he died in 1848. After John's death, his wife Martha and son Thomas ran the mill until financial difficulties overcame them and Martha Lemmon made a Deed of Assignment for the benefit of her creditors that forced the sale of her property in 1857.


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'c 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 said 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, Solr., To Messrs. Cooper & Sons, or to the Auctioneer, East Dereham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 18th July & 1st August 1857


To be sold by Private Contract
All that
Capital newly erected and substantially built Brick and Tiled Messuage or Tenement the Yards, Garden, Stable, Hay-house, Cart lodge and Storehouse adjoining together with 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, containing altogether with the site of the said Buildings one rood, more or less as the said Premises are eligibly situate in Town Lane in Mattishall aforesaid. Freehold.
Also land ...
Apply to Mr. Drake or to Messrs. Cooper & Sons, Solrs., East Dereham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 24th October 1857


Mattishall smockmill, Town Lane
Mattishall Rate Book
Rateable
Value
Year
Qtr.
Occupier Owner
Property
1826
Matshl Surv
John Lemmon John Lemmon
1836
July
John Lemmon John Lemmon
H&BO
£5
M&Gdn
£3/5/-
1839
Aug
John Leamon John Leamon
H&M
£23/16/6
1841
Nov
William Butter John Leamon
M&L
£15
1843
Oct
John Leaman John Leamon
HPML
£21
1847
Oct
John Leaman John Leamon
HPML
£22
1848
Apl
Mrs. Martha Leamon Mrs. Martha Leamon
HPML
£22
1849
Jan
Mrs. Martha Leamon Richard Leamon
HPML
£22
1851
Jan
Thomas Leamon Martha Leamon
M&L
£16
1857
Oct
Edward Sendall Assgns of Martha Leamon
M&L
£16
1858
Jan
Edward Sendall Edward Sendall
M&L
£16
1858
Apl
Edward Sendall Edward Sendall
HML
£22/10/-
1861
Apl
Edward Sendall Edward Sendall
HML
£12/5/-
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
G = Granary; H = House; L = Land; M = Mill; P = Premises

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

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Mattishall Survey 1826: John Lemmon, miller, owner & occupier

White's 1836: John Leamon, corn miller

Rate Book July 1836: Owner: John Lemmon; Occupier: John Lemmon

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Rate Book August 1839: Owner: John Leamon; Occupier: John Leamon

Rate Book November 1841: Owner: John Leamon; Occupier: William Butter

1841: William Butters rented the mill from John Lemmon for 2 years

1843: William Butter, miller

Rate Book October 1843: Owner: John Leaman; Occupier: John Leamon

White's 1845: John Leamon, corn miller

Rate Book October 1847: Owner: John Leaman; Occupier: John Leamon

1848: John Lemmon died

Rate Book April 1848: Owner: Mrs. Martha Leamon; Occupier: Mrs. Martha Leamon

Rate Book January 1849: Owner: Mrs. Martha Leamon; Occupier: Richard Leamon

Rate Book January 1851: Owner: Martha Leamon; Occupier: Thomas Leamon

White's 1854: Martha Leamon & Son, corn millers & bakers

July 1857: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Rate Book October 1857: Owner: Assignees of Martha Leamon; Occupier: Edward Sendall

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

Rate Book January 1858: Owner: Edward Sendall; Occupier: Edward Sendall

Rate Book April 1858: Owner: Edward Sendall; Occupier: Edward Sendall

Rate Book April 1861: Owner: Edward Sendall; Occupier: Edward Sendall

April 1861: Mill had ceased working

1861: Mill demolished

1862: Towermill built on site


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