North Walsham
Reeve's Lane towermill

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North Walsham's Reeve's Lane towermill stood on Watch Hill next to the St. Nicholas's Iron works on the northeastern side of the town. A maltings was also run on the site. Reeve's Lane was later renamed Bacton Road.


To Millers, Maltsters & others
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. W. Barcham on Thursday 21 April 1836 at 4 o'c at the Kings Arms Inn, North Walsham
Lot 1.
A Convenient Dwelling House with excellent Cellar, Barn, Stable and other Buildings, Yards, and Gardens and about one Acre of Land respectively adjoining; also a good brick TOWER WINDMILL with Going Geers, Malt Mill and Appurtenances and a Malt house with Steep and Kiln compleat.
The above Premises are adjoining each other and are eligibly situates within a furlong of the Market Town of North Walsham and a good Milling Bag Trade and also a Malting and Porter Trade have been conducted thereon for nearly twenty years. The Mill and part of the other Buildings and Land are occupied by Mr. Tills as a yearly tenant and possession thereof may be had at Christmas next.
Dwelling house, Malt house etc. lately occupied by Mr. Richard Pilgrim.
The whole Lot is Copyhold of North Walsham, fine certain.
Apply to Mr. Arthur Dalrymple, Solr. Norwich or Mr. S. Sadler Solr. North Walsham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 9th & 16th April 1836

To Millers, Maltsters, Brewers & others
To be Sold by Private Contract, Together or in Lots
A Dwelling House with excellent Cellar, Barn, Stables, Granaries, Gardens etc. Also a good Brick Tower Windmill with Going Geers, Malt mill and Appurtenances, a Malt house with Steep and Kiln and an acre of Land (inclusive) all adjoining each other, near the Market Town of North Walsham and 3 furlongs from the Yarmouth Canal.
On these Premises a good Business in the Milling, Bag, Malting and Porter Trades has been conducted for many years.
Also a Grocer's shop in full trade and several cottages in and near the Town of North Walsham.
Apply to Mr. Sadler,. North Walsham, Solr. for the Vendors.
Norfolk Chronicle - 6th August 1836

Tithe Award map 1843 - redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe Award map 1843 - redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1843
Map, James Wright, Land surveyor, Aylsham
Owner: Samuel Sadler
Occupier: Thomas Tills

No. 929

House, Mill buildings, Yards & Gardens

Arable & Pasture

1a. 0r. 15p.

1/8d to Vicar
3/5d to Apprs.


DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE
NORTH WALSHAM. Accident. On Wednesday morning an accident happened at the tower mill belonging to Mr. Tills of North Walsham resulting in damage of from £80 to £100. Whilst the mill was at work the shaft gave way and the sails came to the ground with great violence, by which they were considerably broken. Fortunately no one was near the spot at the time.
Norfolk News - 13th December 1862

HAINFORD
TO BE SOLD, a Brick TOWER_WINDMILL, Patent Sails, Steam Gears attached, with DWELLING HOUSE, Barn, Stable, Outbuildings & 3 Acres of Land.
For particulars apply to Mr. Thos. Tills, North Walsham.

Norfolk News - 27th June & 4th July 1863


NORTH WALSHAM
To Sell or Let
A TOWER WINDMILL with Dwelling house, Premises, Garden and Land occupied by Mr. Tills above Thirty Years.
Apply to Mr. W. Cooper, New Mills, North Walsham.

Norfolk News - 27th May 1865


NORTH WALSHAM
To be Sold by Auction by
Charles Feltham On Thursday 9 March 1876 At the Angel Inn, North Walsham at 5 for 6 o'c
Lot 1.
All that BRICK TOWER WINDMILL, Granary, Dwelling house, outbuildings and Pightle of Land containing altogether one acre one rood, situate in Reeves Lane, near the Town and now in the occupation of Mr. Benjamin Johnson.
Copy hold of the Manor of North Walsham. Fine certain.
Lot 2.
A HOUSE and land in Reeves Lane ...
Possession of both Lots to be had on the 11th October next.
Apply to Mr. Forster, Solicitor, Aylsham or the Auctioneer, North Walsham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th February & 4th March 1876


O. S. Map 1885

O. S. Map 1885
Courtesy of NLS map images


O.S. map 1906 - redrawn by Harry Apling
O.S. map 1906 - redrawn by Harry Apling

White's 1883: Mr. Cooper, School road
White's 1883: William Cooper, ironmonger and tinplate worker. Market street

White's 1890: Mrs. Mary Cooper, Reeve's road
White's 1890: William George Cooper, ironmonger and tinner, Market street

Kelly's 1892: William George Cooper, ironmonger, Market street

White's 1908: Miss Letitia Cooper, music teacher, Norwich road
White's 1908: Robert Cooper, bookseller, Church plain

White's 1912: Miss Letitia Cooper, music teacher, Norwich road
White's 1912: Robert Cooper, bookseller, Church plain


1816: Mill working

1830: Richard Pilgrim, miller

White's 1836: Thomas Tills, corn miller, Watch hill - yearly tenant

April 1836: Mill advertised for sale by auction

August 1836: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Robson's 1839: Thomas Tills, miller

1840: Thomas Tills, miller

Census 1841:
Thomas Tills (30) miller
Hannah Tills (26) 
Elizabeth Tills (66)   

Tithe Award 1843: Owner: Samuel Sadler; Occupier: Thomas Tills

White's 1845: Thomas Tills, corn miller

1846: Thomas Tills, miller

1850: Thomas Tills, miller

Census 1851: Thomas Tills (41) b.Dilham, master miller employing 1 man 
Hannah Tills (36) b.Horning
Bent N. Buffham Tills (3) b.North Walsham, scholar
Charles Thomas Tills (11) b.North Walsham
John Tills (50) b.East Ruston, journeyman miller (brother to Thomas)   
Charlotte Morter (40) b.Tunstead, upholstress (lodger)
Emma Pilgrim (13) b.North Walsham, general servant
Ann  Jennings (53) b.St Marys, visitor
Address: Reeves Lane

1853: Thomas Tills, miller

Kelly's 1854: Thomas Tills, miller & corn dealer, Reeve's Lane

1858: Thomas Tills, miller

Census 1861:
Thomas Tills (53) b.Dilham, miller & farmer of 23 acres employing 2 men
Barbara Tills (47) b.Horning (possibly called Hannah Barbara)
Benjamin Tills (14) b.North Walsham, cabinet maker
Charles Tills (11) b.North Walsham, scholar
Sarah Tills (9) b.North Walsham, scholar
Rebecca Tills (4) b. North Walsham

1862: Thomas Ransome Tills, miller & merchant

Wednesday 10th December 1862: Mill windshaft broke while mill working and sails fell to the ground

1863: Thomas Ransome Tills, miller & merchant

May 1865: Mill advertised for sale or let

1868: Johnson Bros., millers & farmers

Census 1871:
James Johnson (34) b.Erpingham, miller & farmer
Eleanor Johnson (43 or 33) b.Thwaite
Eleanor E. Johnson (2) b.North Walsham
Charlotte V. Johnson (4 mths) b.North Walsham
Address: Reeves Lane
 
Benjamin Johnson (30) b.Erpingham, miller (brother of James)
Charlotte Johnson (36) b.Swafield
Elizabeth A.H. Johnson (2) b.North Walsham
Mary A. Barstard (61) b.Dilham, formerly farmer's wife
Address: Reeves Lane (next door to James Johnson)

1872: Johnson Bros., millers

1875: Benjamin Johnson, miller & farmer

1876: Benjamin Johnson, miller & farmer

February 1876: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Kelly's 1879: Benjamin Johnson, miller, Reeve's Lane

Census 1881:
Benjamin Johnson (40) b.Gillingham, miller & farmer employing 4 men & 1 boy
Charlotte H. Johnson (42) b.Swafield
Elizabeth A.H. Johnson (12) b.North Walsham
George L. or F. Johnson (14) b.Walpole St Peter, mill assistant
Mary A. Barstard (61) b.Northrepps, mother in law
Address: Reeves Road

1883: William George Cooper, miller

1888: William George Cooper, miller

O.S. map 1890: Windmill (Corn)

White's 1890: George Cooper, farmer and corn miller, Reeve's road

Kelly's 1892: George William Cooper, miller (wind & steam) & farmer, Bacton road

Kelly's 1896: George William Cooper, miller (wind & steam) & farmer, Bacton road

Kelly's 1904: George William Cooper, miller (wind & steam) & farmer, Bacton road

Kelly's 1908: Mrs. Martha Ann Cooper, miller (wind & steam) Bacton road

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