Mileham postmill


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Mileham post windmill stood on Mileham or Beeston Common and was actually nearer to Litcham than Mileham. The mill buck stood over a roundhouse and used 2 pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and a jumper. A horse mill and bake office were also run on the site.


A sketchmap by Geraldine Neale c.1948, showed the postmill to the north of the western end of the east to west track and the towermill at the north end of the south to north track. Geraldine Neale died in 1970 and was the daughter of John Wilkin who was miller at the time the towermill was dismantled. Her article The Miller's Daughter was published in the Eastern Daily Press on 21st August 1948


To be SOLD
An Estate in Mileham, Norfolk, consisting of a Messuage, Windmill, Stable and other Outhouses and about an Acre of Land, now in the Use of Fuller Pearson at £17 a year, all Freehold ... Further Particulars may be had of Mr. Robert Pope or Mr. Thomas Smyth, Attorney at Dereham.
All persons indebted to John Beeston of Mileham, Plumber and Glazier are desired to pay their Debts within one Month to the said Mr. Pope, who has authority to receive and discharge the same.

Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd April 1775

To Millers
To be sold
A Capital POST CORN WINDMILL with roundhouse, two pair of French stones, Flour Mill, Horse Mill and chamber over, with every requisite machinery and a convenient Dwelling house and suitable Outbuildings and about two acres of good Land.
The above Premises are most desirably situated for Trade at Mileham in the county of Norfolk within one mile of the town of Litcham and eight from each of the market towns of Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham. The Mill Machinery and Buildings are in a compleat state of repair and the whole is Freehold and in the occupation of Wm. Kendall.
For further particulars apply (if by letter to be post paid) to Mr. Henry Hillen of Beeston next Mileham (the proprietor) or to Mr. Palmer, Solr. Dereham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd & 29th January 1820


To Millers
To be sold
A Capital POST CORN WINDMILL with Roundhouse, two pairs of French stones, Flour mill, Horse mill and chamber over with every requisite machinery and convenient Dwelling House with suitable Out buildings and about two acres of good land.
The above premises are most desirably situated for Trade at Mileham in the County of Norfolk within one mile of the town of Litcham and eight from each of the market towns of Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham. The Mill, Machinery and Buildings are in a compleat state of repair - the whole are freehold and in the occupation of William Kendall.
For further particulars apply (if by letter to be post paid) to Mr. Henry Hillen of Beestone next Mileham, the proprietor or to Mr. Palmer, Solicitor.

Norwich Mercury - Saturday 22nd January 1820


To Millers
To be sold by Auction By WM. CHAMBERS At the George Inn, East Dereham in the county of Norfolk On Friday 21 July instant at 5 o'c (Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract)
A Capital POST CORN WINDMILL with roundhouse, two pair of French stones, Flour Mill, Horse Mill and chamber over, with every requisite machinery and a convenient Dwelling house and suitable Outbuildings and about two acres of good Land.
The above Premises are most desirably situated for Trade at Mileham in the county of Norfolk within one mile of the town of Litcham and eight from each of the market towns of Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham. The Mill Machinery and Buildings are in a compleat state of repair and the whole is Freehold and in the occupation of Wm. Kendall.
For further particulars apply (if by letter to be post paid) to Mr. Henry Hillen of Beeston next Mileham (the proprietor) or to Mr. Palmer, Solr. Dereham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 8th & 15th July 1820


To Millers
To be Sold by Private Contract
A Good substantial POST WIND-MILL in good repair with two pair of French Stones, Flour Mill etc. with a good Round House; and also a capital brick and tiled Dwelling House with Baking office adjoining with stable and other conveniences, with about 2 acres of good Land, more or less, all Freehold, situated in the parish of Mileham in the county of Norfolk.
Enquire of Mr. Henry Hilling, the Proprietor on the premises.
Possession may be had immediately if required.

Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd January 1824


To Millers
To be SOLD or LET
In MILEHAM
A Capital POST CORN WIND-MILL with Round House, two pair of French Stones, Flour Mill, Horse Mill and every requisite Machinery, a convenient Dwelling House, Baking Office adjoining the same and suitable Outbuildings and about two acres of good Land. All Freehold.
Apply to Mr. Henry Hilling, the Proprietor.
Norfolk Chronicle - 13th March 1824


Corn Wind Mill & Premises
To be Sold
Wit Immediate Possession
All that c
apital CORN WIND-MILL in Mileham in Norfolk late in the occupation of Mr. Henry Hellen together with a convenient Messuage, Baking Office, Mill-House, Stable and convenient Outbuildings and two acres of Land (by estimation) surrounding the same.
Apply personally or by letter to Mr. Samuel Bunn of Beeston,. Mr. Matthew Blyth of Lyng or Mr. S. King, Solr. Lytcham, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 15th & 22nd May 1824


To be Sold by Auction
By William Chambers On Wednesday 18 August 1824 At the Bull in Litcham, Norfolk, Between the hours of 3 and 5 o'c.
All the excellent CORN WIND-MILL situate in Mileham, Norfolk, late in the occupation of Mr. Henry Hillen.
And also all that convenient Messuage or Dwelling house in Mileham aforesaid with a capital baking office and oven adjoining thereto, together with a mill-house with a capital horse-mill therein, stable and convenient outhouses belonging thereto and 2 acres of land (more or less) surrounding the said Mill and Buildings.
All the above Premises are Freehold and are subject only to small annual outgoing of One pound for Land tax.
Immediate Possession may be had of all the above Premises.
And for further particulars apply personally or by letter post paid to Mr. Samuel Bunn of Beeston, Mr. Matthew Blyth of Lyng or to Mr. Samuel King, Solr. Litcham, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th & 14th August 1824


To Millers and Bakers
A Desirable Situation at Mileham in the county of Norfolk To be Sold by Auction by Daniel Ward at the Bull Inn in Litcham in the county of Norfolk on Saturday 27 September 1834 at 4 o'c (Unless previously disposed of by Private Contract of which timely notice will be given)
A Capital POST WINDMILL driving two pair of French Stones with Flour Mill, Jumper and all requisite Machinery and Going Gears compleat and in excellent condition; also a convenient and substantially built Dwelling House with Stable, Mill house and other requisite Outbuildings and Yard, Garden and small Inclosures of Arable and Pasture Land adjoining containing altogether 2 Acres (more or less) now in the occupation of Mr. John Moore whose lease will expire on Old Lady day 1837.
The above Property is situated on the Warren commonly called Beeston Warren in the said parish of Mileham, near the large and populous Town of Litcham and within about seven miles of East Dereham and nine of Swaffham, two excellent Market Towns. The situation is an advantageous one for trade as an extensive business has been carried on for many years. Part of the Purchase Money may remain on the Estate if required.
Apply to Mr. John Burton, Grocer and Draper, Litcham aforesaid or to the Auctioneer, East Dereham, if by letter, post paid.
Norfolk Chronicle - 30th August, 6th, 13th & 20th September 1834


Tithe Award map 1840 as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe Award map 1840 as redrawn by Harry Apling

TITHE AWARD, 1841
Map - W. G. Bircham, Surveyor, Fakenham. 1840
Owner: John Burton
Occupier: John Moore

No. 175
Mill & Pightle
Pasture
part of
0a. 2r. 18p.
1a. 3r. 5p.

£1. 1s.

In 1853 Reuben Tilney moved to Mileham postmill and towermill when William Critoph bought Yaxham smockmill where Reuben Tilney was miller. William Critoph was one of the executors to Reuben Tilney's will when he died in 1877.


In the summer of 1859, millwrights Smithdales were recorded as working on a windmill at Mileham, Norfolk.

To be Sold by Private Contract
A BRICK_TOWER_WINDMILL conveniently situated, very powerful and well apponted and driving four pairs of stones. Also
A POST WINDMILL driving two pairs of stones. Also a well built brick, stone and tile Dwelling House adjoining, with Bake Office, good Stables and Outbuildings and Garden and about 2 acres of fine PASTURE LAND.
The above property (except the Post Windmill) is all Freehold and is now in the occupation of Mr. Benjamin Stringer, the proprietor.
Possession can be given on 11th October next.
Apply to Messrs. COOPER & NORGATE,
Solrs. Dereham.
Lynn Advertiser - 4th June 1881

Ogilby's map 1675: Kings Lynn to Yarmouth

1775: Fuller Pearson, tenant miller at a rent of £17 per annum

April 1775: Mill advertised for sale

Faden's map 1797: Mileham Common Wind Mill

1820: William Kendall, miller

January 1820: Mill advertised for sale

July 1820: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1824: Henry Hilling, proprietor, miller

January 1824: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

c. April 1824: Henry Hillen left the mill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

1834: John Moore, miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

1834: John Moore, miller with lease until 1837

August 1834: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1836: John Sexton corn miller & baker

Tithe Award 1841:
Owner: John Burton; Occupier: John Moore

White's 1845: William Wright, corn miller & farmer - also at the towermill

1846: George Wright, miller

5th September 1850: John Sexton died aged 50 and was buried in Mileham churchyard

1853: Reuben Tilney, miller took over the mill also the towermill

9th August 1877: Reuben Tilney died aged 60 and was buried in Litcham churchyard

1881: Benjamin Stringer, owner & miller - also Mileham towermill

June 1881: Mill advertised for sale by private contract along with towermill

O.S. map 1891: Windmill

1902: Mill derelict

May 1970: Geraldine Neale, daughter of John Wilkin, died aged 80


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