North Tuddenham
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c.1910
c.1910

North Tuddenham Mill Farm postmill had a two storey buck with a leanto porch and stable door, that was set on a single storey roundhouse. The four double shuttered patent sails, struck by a lever, drove 2 pairs of French burr stones and an oat crusher. The outermost pair of sails had 6 bays of 3 shutters and the inner pair had the same configuration with the addition of a single bay of 2 shutters. The mill was turned to wind by a six bladed fantail was set on a carriage.


c.1914
c.1914

The mill had 4 double shuttered spring sails containing 6 bays of 3 and 1 bay of 2 on the innermost sails. The six bladed fantail along with a sack chute were on the ladder, which led up to a leanto porch. The two storey mill buck contained 2 French burr stones and an oat roller. The two doored roundhouse was brick tarred.


c.1914 - possibly Fayers family
Closeup from the photo above c.1914 - visitors not Fayers family

NORWICH, June 10, Wednesday was committed to the Castle, Sam Dawson, of Swanton Morley, charged on the oath of Dennis Durrant, of Tuddenham, Miller, with breaking open the windmill of the said Durrant and stealing thereout about 16 stone of wheat flour etc. which he has confessed (also charged with stealing a coomb of wheat from a farmer - also confessed to this).
Ipswich Journal - 12th June 1784


ASSIZE NEWS
On Monday ended the Assizes for the Crown side...
Samuel Dawson, charged with stealing Wheat and other Corn out of the barn of George Bayfield, and also breaking open a windmill of Dennis Durrant of North Tuddenham, fined one shilling, to remain in the Castle one day and then be discharged.
Norfolk Chronicle - 14th August 1784


To Millers and others

To be Sold by Auction. By CHARLES LULMAN At the King's Arms, East Dereham On Friday 12th December 1817 at 4 o'clock
The following desirable SITUATION in the Milling Trade at North Tuddenham, within 3 miles of East Dereham and 12 of Norwich, situate next the turnpike road from the former to the latter place; comprising a new built Brick and Tiled Dwelling House, stable, cart lodge with a Capital Post windmill and 5a. 2r. of excellent land as the whole is now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Durrant, the proprietor. Part of the Purchase money may remain on the premises.
Apply to Messrs. Steward & Skipper, Solicitors, Norwich, Mr. John Beckham of Etling Green near East Dereham or to the Auctioneer or the proprietor on the premises.

Norfolk Chronicle - 29th November & 6th December 1817

NORTH TUDDENHAM

Mr. BUTCHER will Sell by Auction at the King's Arms Inn, East Dereham on Friday August27, 1847 at 4 o'clock
A Brick and Tiled Dwelling House and Shop, Barn, Stables, WINDMILL with two floors and Roundhouse underneath and 5 Pightles of excellent Arable Land containing together 5a. 0r. 0p. or thereabouts, now in the occupation of Mr. B. Farman as tenant from year to year.
Particulars of Mr. Durrant, Solicitor, Surrey Street, or of Mr. Butcher, Auctioneer, Theatre Street, Norwich

Norfolk Chronicle - 29th November 1817

NORTH TUDDENHAM
Mr. Butcher will Sell be Auction at the Kings Arms Inn, East Dereham on Friday August 27, 1847 at 4 o'c
A Brick and Tiled Dwelling House and Shop, Barn, Stables, WINDMILL with two floors and Roundhouse underneath and 5 Pightles of excellent Arable Land containing together 5a. 0r. 0p. or thereabouts, now in the occupation of Mr. B. Farman as tenant from year to year.
Particulars of Mr. Durrant, Solr. Surrey Street or of Mr. Butcher, Auctioneer, Theatre Street, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 21st August 1847


Herbert Rix supplemented wind power some time before WW I with a portable steam engine, that was housed, without its wheels in a shed beside the mill.


OS map 1952
O.S. map 1952 - redrawn by Harry Apling

18th May 1980
18th May 1980

Sydney Herbert Fayers and Frederick Walter Fayers formed the partnership of Fayers Brothers in October 1903. They replaced the portable steam engine with a Tangye oil engine c.1919 but a few years later, in 1923, the mill was dismantled. In 1925 the Fayers Brothers were listed as corn factors and they retired in 1930. Frederick Walter Fayers died in 1936 and Sydney Herbert Fayers died in 1968 aged 90.


In 1984, the single storey roundhouse was still in situ with a modern roof and was being used as a store. It stood 8 feet high and was 24 feet in diameter with two doors opposite each other to allow access wherever the sails were turning.


O. S. Map 1882
O. S. Map 1882
Courtesy of NLS map images

White's 1890: Mr. John Lee Farman

Kelly's 1925: Fayers Brothers, corn factors


1729: Mill built

1784: Dennis Durrant, miller

1817: Thomas Durrant, miller

November 1817: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: Bartholomew Benjamin Farman, shopkeeper & miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

1839: Bartholomew Benjamin Farman, miller

White's 1845: Bartholomew Farman, miller & shopkeeper

1846: Bartholomew Farman, miller

1847: Bartholomew Farman, miller

August 1847: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1850: Mrs. Amy Farman, miller (Bartholomew's widow)

White's 1854: Amy Farman, miller

1858: Mrs. Amy Farman, miller

1863: Henry Farman, miller

1864: Henry Farman, corn miller & shopkeeper

1865: Henry Farman, miller

1868: Henry Farman, miller

1872: Henry Farman, miller

1875: Henry Farman, miller

1878: Henry Farman, miller

Kelly's 1879: Henry Farman, miller & landowner

Census 1881: David Savory (47) b.Nth. Tuddenham, miller (probably employee) and publican
Mary A. Savory (51) b.Nth. Tuddenham
Sidney Savory (19) b. East Dereham, working miller
Laura Savory (15) b. East Dereham, scholar
Etty Savory (10) b. East Dereham, scholar

O.S. map 1882: Windmill (Corn)

White's 1883: Henry Farman, miller, farmer & landowner

O.S. map 1885: Windmill

1888: Herbert Rix, miller

White's 1890: Herbert Rix, miller & farmer

Kelly's 1892: Herbert Rix, miller (wind), & farmer

Kelly's 1896: Herbert Rix, miller (wind), & farmer

Kelly's 1900: Herbert Rix, miller (wind & steam), & farmer

October 1903: Sydney Herbert Fayers and Frederick Walter Fayers formed partnership - Fayers Brothers

Kelly's 1904: Fayers Brothers, millers (wind & steam) & farmers

Kelly's 1908: Fayers Brothers, millers (wind & steam) & farmers

Kelly's 1912: Fayers Bros. millers (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1916: Fayers Bros. millers (wind & steam)

c.1919: Steam engine replaced by Tangye oil engine

Kelly's 1922: Fayers Bros. millers (wind & steam)

1923: Mill dismantled

1930: Fayers Brother retired

1936: Frederick Walter Fayers died

Karl Wood painting 1937: Roundhouse only remaining with a double roof and a weather vane on a post

O.S. map 1946: Windmill

O.S. map 1948: Windmill

1968: Sydney Herbert Fayers died aged 90

1984: Single storey roundhouse walls under a modern roof and used as a grain store


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