Methwold
Old Feltwell Road towermill


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c.1900
c.1900

Methwold Old Feltwell Road towermill was probably built in 1875 as it has a datestone inscribed HCW 1875. The patent sails were turned to wind by a fantail and drove 2 pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and a sifter. The mill had an ogee cap and a fantail.
A bake office was also run on the mill site, which was situated in the farm yard of Prospect Farm.

By the 1970s the tower had been reduced to three storeys and calves were being kept on the ground floor.


Recently I was perusing your Norfolk Windmill website and was interested in the information from Methwold. Henry Capp Wortley was the older brother of my paternal greatgrandfather John Wortley. In our family possession we have letters written from Methwold from the Wortley family to another brother, John, who went to America. One such letter dated August 1881, written by Sarah Greenacre (sister of Henry Capp Wortley and wife of Robert Greenacre) of Methwold to her brother in America contains the following story:
Ann Cordon (nee Wortley) 4th January 2009

"........You will be sorry to hear of the death of Roberts Brother Tom. He was doing a little sement on the top of Henrys Mill. He had to be drawn up with pullys in a hoist. He had done part of it and Henry was helping the boy to draw him up again after diner when one of the nots in the pully gave way and let him fall to the ground, barely clear of those below. He was all onconsious for some time. Henry did the best he could in his fright. Help was soon at hand and they brought him home on a board, there were no bones broken but the Doctor said the back bones was pushed up one into the other which was so bad nothing passed from the stomick. His sufferings for 25 hours was great he was very conscious. I said to him I am afraid my Brother will be blamed for this so said he there is no one to be blamed it was the heat of the sun on the roofe that had been dressed that caused the not to give way. You can better juge of poor Marys trouble than I can describe, and what a greef it was to us all. I never knew any thing to touch Robert so keenly. He has been able to render his Brothers Widow good services in closing his business. He has left enough for her to live on for several years but her loss is great......."


c.1900
c.1900

To WIND MILLERS
TO BE SOLD by PRIVATE CONTRACT
A NEWLY BUILT BRICK TOWER WIND-MILL with four patent sails, two pairs of French Stones, wind tackle & all modern machinery, standing upon 4 acres of good Freehold Land near a small market town.
Also a Dwelling house & Bake office. Owner retiring. Business established upwards of 40 years.

For particulars & order to view apply to Banham & Son, Methwold.
Lynn Advertiser - 3rd June 1882

To WIND MILLERS
TO BE SOLD by PRIVATE CONTRACT
A NEWLY BUILT BRICK TOWER WIND-MILL with four patent sails, two pairs of French Stones, wind tackle & all modern machinery, standing upon 4 acres of good Freehold Land near a small market town.
Also a Dwelling house & Bake office. Owner retiring. Business established upwards of 40 years.

For particulars & order to view apply to Banham & Son, Methwold.
Lynn Advertiser - 3rd June 1882

To Millers
WANTED, a situation as above; 15 years in last situation.
Apply to Jacob Allen, Watlington, Downham.
Lynn Advertiser - 31st May 1884


To Millers & Bakers
FOR SALE by Private Contract with immediate possession if desired a BRICK TOWER WINDMILL built only seven years since, having Patent Sails & wind Tackle, two pair of French Stones, Flour Mill, Sifter, 4 ½ acres of excellent Arable Land, Cart Lodges etc. Also a DWELLING HOUSE, Bake office, Stables etc. situated at Methwold, belonging to Mr. Henry Capp Wortley who is declining business. Attached to the above is a genuine old established & profitable business which in the hands of an enterprising man may be largely developed.
Fullest particulars will be given to a purchaser.
Apply to Edward Banham & Son, Auctioneers & Valuers, Methwold.
Lynn Advertiser - 30th August 1884


METHWOLD
To Millers & Bakers
On Friday October 10, 1884
Edwd. Banham & Son
Will Sell by Auction all the HORSES, CARTS, HARNESS, Hay, Straw, Manure & HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE
of Mr. Henry Capp Wortley who is giving up business.
Lynn Advertiser - 4th October 1884


O.S. Map 1888 - 1892
Old Feltwell Rd towermill to the south of the village and Brandon Rd towermill to the east - 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

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


... at Methwold are two derelict towers without caps.
In Search of English Windmills - Hopkins & Freese, 1931


11th July 1970
11th July 1970

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


May2016
May 2016

By 2016 the remains of mill tower was leaning and becoming dangerous with falling brickwork.


Unallocated miller in Methwold

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


White's 1836: Daniel Green, millwright & millstone maker

White's 1845: Daniel Green, millwright

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

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


1875: Mill built

1875: Henry Capp Wortley, miller

Kelly's 1879: Henry Wortley, miller & baker

Census 1881: Henry Capp Wortley, miller & baker, Crown Street, Methwold.

June 1882: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

White's 1883: Henry Capps Wortley, corn miller & baker

1884: Henry Capp Wortley, miller

August 1884: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

October 1884: Business & personal effects of Henry Capp Wortley advertised for sale by auction

1888: Jacob Allen miller & baker

Kelly's 1892: Jacob Allen, baker & miller

Kelly's 1896: Jacob Allen, baker & miller

Kelly's 1900: Jacob Allen, baker & miller

Kelly's 1904: Jacob Allen, baker & miller

Kelly's 1908: Jacob Allen, baker

1929: Tower standing as an empty shell

1933: Karl Wood painting

1949: Tower reduced to two upper floors only

2016: A. A. Watts & Son

June 2016: Permission requested from Kings Lynn & West Norfolk BC to demolish mill remains



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