North Walsham
Lingate
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23rd October 1970

North Walsham Lingate mill was a 5 storey tarred red brick towermill, often known as New Mills. It was sited in a farmyard on the Bradfield Road, along with some low tiled barns and a large brick store on the northwest side of the town close to the railway line.


The mill used patent sails to drive 2 pairs of stones.
A steam mill driving a further 2 pairs of stones was also operated on the mill site.


NORTH WALSHAM
To be Sold Cheap
With Immediate Possession
A TOWER WINDMILL with half an Acre of Freehold Land. Five floors, two pairs of Stones, patent Sails and going Gear complete.
Apply to Wm. Cooper, Rising Sun, North Walsham

Norfolk News - 9th January 1858

THE HURRICANE OF TUESDAY
At NORTH WALSHAM ... A Tower Mill in the parish belonging to Mr. W. Cooper sustained considerable injury, the cap being broken, the sails blown away etc.

Norfolk News - 3rd March 1860

NORTH WALSHAM
WILLIAM POPE is instructed by Mr. William Cooper to Sell by Auction this month, his newly erected WINDMILL and STEAM MILL with a good trade attached, unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract, with possession at Michaelmas next.
For price and particulars apply to Mr. Cooper or the Auctioneer, both of North Walsham.
Norfolk News - 16th August 1862

NORTH WALSHAM
To be Sold by Auction by
William Pope
on Thursday next September 4, 1862 at the Feathers Inn in North Walsham in one Lot at 6 o'c in the Evening.
A Freehold Brick Tower WIND-MILL driving two pairs of Stones.
Also a capital STEAM MILL driving two pairs of Stones, with all the Machinery complete and now in full trade, in the occupation of the Proprietor, Mr. W. Cooper, with Possession at Michaelmas next.
For Particulars and Conditions of Sale apply to Mr. Fred Fox, Solicitor, Norwich or to the Auctioneer, North Walsham.

Norfolk News - 30th August 1862

North Walsham
The Late Gale
... A Mill at North Walsham lately put into repair belonging to Mr. William Cooper sustained injury in the loss of her fliers.
As Mr. Robert Lee, foreman to Mr. William Cooper, Miller, of North Walsham was adjusting the millstones, the mill drew on from the violence of the wind and the machinery caught his left hand cutting off two fingers above the first joint.
Norfolk News - 12th December 1863

To Millers
WANTED, a Married Man to work a TOWER WINDMILL. House provided.
Apply to William Cooper, New Mills, North Walsham.
Norfolk News - 14th November 1863

THE RECENT GALE
Great damage was occasioned on Sunday evening last (19th) between seven and eight o'c by a terrific gale, to a tower windmill belonging to Mr. William Cooper, miller. The mill was completely stripped of her sails and cap which in their fall did great injury tot he counting house and building adjoining. Fortunately no one was in or near the mill at the time. Only half an hour before some persons ascended to adjust something connected with the fly wheel, which was out of repair and to do the best for safety. The damage is considered to amount to £150 or upwards.
Norfolk News - Saturday 25th February 1865

Miscellaneous
To be Sold, a Bargain
A SET of PATENT SAILS 7 ft. 9 in. wide, nearly new.
Apply to W. Cooper, New Mills, North Walsham.
Norfolk News - 18th November 1865

NORTH WALSHAM
To be Sold by Private Contract
A TOWER WINDMILL with House, Premises and Land
Apply to W. Cooper, New Mills, North Walsham.
Norfolk News - 14th July 1866

NORTH WALSHAM NEW MILLS
Sale under distress for rent
Household Furniture etc. effects of Charles Greenacre, October 2.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 30th September 1871

Houses etc.
TO BE SOLD CHEAP by Private Contract
the NEW MILLS, North Walsham.
Apply to W. Cooper, Brewery, Aylsham.
Norfolk News - 14th October 1871

To be Sold by Private Contract, with Immediate Possession if required.
WIND & STEAM MILLS with good House & Premises.
Apply to William Cooper, Brewer, Aylsham.
Norfolk News - 17th February 1872

OS map 1890
O.S. Map 1890
Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

O.S. map 1890 - redrawn by Harry Apling
O.S. map 1890 - redrawn by Harry Apling

THE HURRICANE OF SUNDAY
NORTH WALSHAM
The whole cap of Mr. W. Bircham's mill was blown off.
Dereham & Fakenham Times - 30th March 1895


The Police Courts
AYLSHAM
No Name on Cart
Mordecai Bircham of North Walsham, miller, pleaded guilty to not having his name painted on his cart as required by statute. The defendant said he was sorry the offence had been committed and although his name was not affixed to the cart as required, he had a canvas bag hanging from the cart bearing his name as a substitute. The Bench convicted and imposed a fine of 1s. 6d. and costs of 3s. 6d.
Dereham & Fakenham Times - 25th March 1911


White's 1854: George Greenacre, corn miller, Bengate - Briggate towermill

White's 1890: Jonah Bircham, shopkeeper, Vicarage street

Kelly's 1912: Adam Bircham, coal dealer, M. & G. N. station
Kelly's 1912: George Bircham, assistant insurance superintendent, Upper Station road
Kelly's 1912: Leo Bircham, reporter for the "Cromer & North Walsham Post," Grammar School road

Kelly's 1916: Adam Bircham, coal dealer, M. & G. N. station

Kelly's 1922: Adam Bircham, coal dealer, M. & G. N. station

Kelly's 1929: Mordecai William Bircham, farmer, Bradfield road

1856: Mill built

1856: William Cooper, miller

January 1858: Mill advertised for sale

1860: William Cooper, owner & miller

Tuesday 28th February 1860: Severe gale blew sails off and damaged the cap

1862: William Cooper, owner & miller

August 1862: Towermill & steam mill advertised for sale by auction or private contract

1863: William Cooper, owner & miller

December 1863: Robert Lee, mill foreman, had two fingers cut off by the mill starting suddenly in a gale

1865: William Cooper, miller

Sunday 19th February 1865: Heavy gale blew off mill cap and sails damaging the offices and another building

July 1866: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1868: William Cooper, miller

1871: Charles Greenacre, tenant miller - Briggate towermill 1854

September 1871: Household furniture and effects of Charles Greenacre advertised for sale due to rent default

October 1871: Mill & steam mill advertised for sale by private contract by William Cooper, brewer of Aylsham

February 1872: Mill & steam mill advertised for sale by private contract by William Cooper, brewer of Aylsham

1875: Robert Kimm, miller

Census 1881:

Edward Hervey (26) b.Hevingham, miller employing 32 men
Caroline Hervey (30) b.North Elmham
Millie Hervey (2) b.Felthorpe; Kate Hervey (6 mths) b.North Walsham

Maria Bird (74) b.Wood Dalling (mother in law)
Robert Hervey (28) b.Stratton Strawless, miller (brother)
John Gilham (9) b.Felthorpe, scholar (nephew)
Fanny Spinks (18) b.Brampton, general servant
Martha Chapman (12) b.Aldborough, nurse maid
Address: New Mill House

Mordecai W. Bircham (27) b.Brampton, journeyman miller
Sarah Bircham (24) b.Burgh
George Bircham (3) b.Oxnead
Ellen M. Bircham (1) b. North Walsham
Address: Sewells Cottages, Cats Pit Lane


White's 1883: Mordecai William Bircham, miller & farmer, Bradfield road

1883: Auxiliary steam power being used

O.S. map 1885: Windmill

O.S. map 1890: Windmill (Corn)

White's 1890: Montague William Bircham, corn miller and farmer, New Mills

Census 1891:

Mordecai W. Bircham (37) b.Brampton, miller
Sarah Bircham (34) b.Burgh (also children)


Kelly's 1892:

Mordecai William Bircham, miller (wind & steam), New mills, Cromer road; & coal merchant. E. & M. station


Sunday 24th March 1895: Mill cap blown off in a gale

Kelly's 1896:

Mordecai William Bircham, miller (wind & steam) New mills, Cromer road; coal merchant,
M. G. N. joint station


Kelly's 1900:

Mordecai William Bircham, miller (wind & steam) New mills, Cromer road; coal merchant,
M. G. N. joint station


Census 1901:
Mordecai Bircham (47) b.Brampton, miller & farmer (self employed)
Sarah Bircham (44) b.Burgh
George Bircham b.Oxnead, farmer
William Bircham (19) b.North Walsham, carter to miller
Florence Bircham (17) b.North Walsham, grocer's assistant
Annie Moy Bircham (12) b.North Walsham, scholar
Edith Eliza Bircham (9) b.North Walsham
Robert Bircham (5) b.North Walsham

Kelly's 1904:

Mordecai William Bircham, miller (steam) New mills, Cromer road; coal merchant,
M.& G. N. joint station


Kelly's 1908:

Mordecai William Bircham, miller (steam) New mills, Cromer road; coal merchant,
M.& G. N. joint station, & grocer, Cromer road


Kelly's 1912: Mordecai William Bircham, miller (steam) New mills, Antingham road

Kelly's 1916: Mordecai William Bircham, miller (steam) New mills, Antingham road

Kelly's 1922: Mordecai William Bircham, miller (steam) New mills, Antingham road

Kelly's 1925: Mordecai William Bircham, miller (steam) New mills, Bradfield road

O.S. map 1954: Windmill

October 1970: 2 storey tower base still standing

1981: Remaining tower section demolished

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