Methwold
Brandon Road towermill


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Mill working c.1905
Mill working c.1905

Methwold Brandon Road towermill stood to the east of the old chalk pit on the other side of Chalkpit Lane. The pale grey five storey brick tower with its two ground floor doors, stood with alongside an outhouse and small barns. The mill had a horizontallly boarded ogee cap with a pretticoat and held a gallery and an 8 bladed fan. The four double shuttered patent sails drove 2 pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and a sifter. A bake office was also run on the site.

c.1910
c.1910

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a Journeyman Miller, who understands the Baking will be preferred. A constancy will be relied on. A good reference will be required.
Apply to Mr. L. Theobald, Methwold, Brandon.
Norfolk News - 19th & 26th September 1857


Mill seen from the High Street c.1900
Mill seen from the High Street c.1900

To Millers & Bakers
WANTED immediately, a steady respectable JOURNEYMAN who understands his business & can produce a good character; constant employment can be given.
Apply to Mr. L. Theobald, Methwold, Brandon.
Norfolk News - 28th July 1860


To Bakers
WANTED immediately, an active Single Man who understands BREAD MAKING & will make himself generally useful. Must have unexceptional references.
Apply to Last Theobald, Miller, Methwold.
Norfolk News - 28th July 1860


Mill seen from the High Street c.1905
Mill seen from the High Street c.1905

MR. J. THEOBALD

The death took place last week of Mr. Joseph Theobald, miller, at Methwold, in Norfolk, at a ripe age, having been born at Hythe in 1835. He had for many years carried on Methwold windmill and was highly respected. He was a devoted Wesleyan and held the office of circuit steward. He was also for many years superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School.
Milling - Saturday 11th June 1910


Lynn Advertiser - 12th August 1910
Lynn Advertiser - 12th August 1910

Lynn Advertiser - 28th August 1910
Lynn Advertiser - 28th August 1910

... at Methwold are two derelict towers without caps.

In Search of English Windmills - Hopkins & Freese, 1931


A terrific gale one day wrecked the sails of the two mills at Methwold & one at Feltwell, this put them out of action. J. Allen later used an engine but not for long as it was too expensive.
Mrs. P. Whitta (daughter of Jacob Allen) - 31st January 1974


John Shingfield, an employee of Joseph Theobald, married Frances Maria Boughen on 28th March 1874. Frances Boughen had just inherited Laburnham House from her great Aunt, Frances Miller, who had just died. Frances Miller was the widow of the late Thomas miller, who lived at Laburnham House and had a farm there in the place then known as Low Green, later to become Globe Street.


O.S. Map 1888 - 1892
Brandon Rd towermill to the east of the village and Old Feltwell Rd towermill to the south - O.S. Map 1888 - 1892
Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

White's 1845: Daniel Green, millwright

White's 1854: Daniel Green, innkeeper (The Bell) & millwright

White's 1864: Daniel Green, innkeeper (The Bell) & millwright


Unallocated miller in Methwold

Kelly's 1916: William Philip Harrod, farmer, Mill Farm


Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: John Batterbee, corn miller

White's 1845: John Batterbee, corn miller

1853: Last Theobald, miller & baker

White's 1854: Last Theobald, miller & baker

White's 1864: Last Theobald, miller & baker

Census 1871: Elizabeth Theobald (74) b.Methwold
Joseph Theobald (35) b.Methwold, miller & baker
Mary Anne Rust (16) b.Methwold, servant
John Shingfield (25) b.Hare Park, Cambs. servant
Address: 26 High Street

1872: Joseph Theobald, miller

1874: John Shingfield, miller, Laburnham House

Kelly's 1879: Joseph Theobald, miller & baker
Kelly's 1879: John Shingfield, miller & farmer (probably miller employee of Joseph Theobald)

Whites 1883: Joseph Theobald, corn miller, baker, farmer & landowner

Kelly's 1892: Joseph Theobald, miller (wind), baker & farmer

Kelly's 1896: Joseph Theobald, miller (wind), baker & farmer

Kelly's 1900: Joseph Theobald, miller (wind), baker & farmer

Kelly's 1904: Joseph Last Theobald, miller (wind), & farmer

Kelly's 1908: Joseph Last Theobald, miller (wind), & farmer

June 1910: Joseph Theobald, miller, died

August 1910: Mill & bakehouse advertised for sale by auction

Kelly's 1912: Christopher H. Payne, miller (wind), baker, corn & flour merchant & hay & straw merchant

Karl Wood painting 1933: Cut down tower only

c.1942: Mill demoliished to make way for Methwold Airfield



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