Ormesby St Michael postmill


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c.1910 from a 1938 painting
c.1910 from a 1938 painting


Ormesby St Michael was also known as Little Ormesby in the 1800s and was on the southwest edge of Ormesby St. Margaret. The post windmill stood in Mill Lane. The mill's roundhouse was reported as lately added in 1841, thus the mill was probably built as an open trestle mill with common sails and c.1856 the mill had patent sails and a fantail installed.


Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award & Map, 1841
Owner: Timothy Fellows
Occupier: Nathaniel Hammond

No. 649
No. 650

House & Garden
Mill & Yard

Pasture
do

0a. 2r. 5p.
0a. 0r. 24p.

3s. 6d

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ORMESBY ST. MICHAEL. To be sold by Auction by Mr. Pettingill at White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth, Saturday 10 July 1841 at 4 o'c.
By direction of the Exors. of Timothy Fellows, decd.
Lot 1.

All that capital POST WINDMILL situate in the parish of Ormesby St. Michael in the County of Norfolk, with a superior Roundhouse lately added thereto, most substantially built and of the best materials. Also a convenient Double Tenement adjoining the Mill Yard, nearly new Barn and Stable, Garden and Yards containing together by estimation 1 rood or thereabouts, now in the occupation of Mr. Nathaniel Hammond as yearly tenant at the annual rent of £40.
Freehold. Land Tax 12/- Free rent 3d.
This lot is subject to an annuity of 40/- payable thereout during the life of a person aged 42 years.
The mill stands well winded, with no other mill in this or the adjoining parishes of Filby or Rollesby and has carried on a good and profitable trade for many years. There is a well of great depth with most excellent spring water on the premises.
Apply to Clowes & Son, Solrs. Great Yarmouth or the Auctioneer.
Also Lot 1, Foster & Unthank, Solrs. Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th June, 3rd July & 10th July 1841


George Davey Durrant snr, who owned the mill, and also ran Hemsby towermill, went bankrupt in 1857.


GEORGE STARLING, a bankrupt.
Capital Windmill, shop, dwelling house, and cottages.
Clowes & Flowerdew are favoured with instructions to sell by Auction at the White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday August 5th 1857 at 3 for 4 o'c.
Lot 1.

Shop and residence ... George Starling
Lot 2.

All that capital POST WINDMILL admirably situate in the Parish of Ormesby St. Michael in the County of Norfolk, with a superior Roundhouse most substantially built of the best materials all in capital repair, having had a new jumper, four patent sails and winding tackle added within the last twelve months. Also a convenient Double Tenement, barn, stable, garden and yard adjoining containing together 0a. 1r. 17p. in the occupation of Mr. Benjamin Starling as yearly tenant, who has for several years conducted a lucrative trade therein.
Apply to C. H. Chamberlain Solr. Great Yarmouth, Miller, Son & Bugg, Solrs. Norwich or the Auctioneers, St. Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 18th & 25th July & 1st August 1857


ORMESBY
CAPITAL WINDMILL. SHOP. DWELLING HOUSE & COTTAGES
Clowes & Flowerdew are favoured with instructions to Sell by Auction at the White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday August 5th, 1857 at 3 for 4 o'c, the following valuable PROPERTIES
Lot 1.
All that Capital POST WINDMILL admirably situate in the Parish of Ormesby St. Michael in the County of Norfolk, with a superior Round House most substantially built of the best materials, all in capital repair having had a new jumper, four patent sails and winding tackle added within the last twelve months; also a DOUBLE TENEMENT, Barn, Stable, Garden and Yard adjoining containing together 0a. 1r. 17p., in the occupation of Mr. Benjamin Starling, a yearly tenant, who has for several years conducted a lucrative trade therein.

RE STARLING, a Bankrupt
Lot 2. A newly erected SHOP & RESIDENCE ... near the Green in Ormesby St. Margaret ... Mr. George Starling ... general trade ... Both lots are freehold.
For Particulars & Conditions of Sale apply to Mr. C. H. Chamberlin Solicitor, Great Yarmouth, Messrs. Miller, Son & Bugg, Solicitors, Norwich or at the Auctioneers' offices, St. Andrews Hall Plain, Norwich.

Norfolk News - 18th & 25th July & 1st August 1857


ORMESBY ST. MICHAEL
MILL TO SELL OR LET
A POST WINDMILL in good working order, driving two pairs of Stones etc. with Dwelling house and Premises. Has lately had a new Iron Shaft, Sails and Winding Tackle. Immediate Possession may be had if required. It will be sold to wind up an account at such a price as will be advantageous to a purchaser.

For particulars inquire on the premises or to Mr. H. Martin, 32 Southtown, Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk News - 28th September 1861


O.S. Map 1888 - 1889
O.S. Map 1888 - 1889
Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

On 22nd October 1973, Miss D. A. Smith of Belton Gt. Yarmouth, wrote to Harry Apling ...
I can remember this Mill being burnt down ... just prior to or during first world war ... either 1913 or 1917 ...


A Norfolk Archaeology manuscript mentions that Ben Starling jnr and John Starling had been recorded as millers.


On 18th July 1972, Harry Apling visited the site and found the mill house to be derelict. A sign in the window read:

Mr. F. R. Grimmer,
Mill Lane Farm,
Mill Lane
Ormesby St. Michael
Gt. Yarmouth
T. N.
Yarmouth 64641

I am a descendant of George Durrant Starling - miller. My mother, Mrs Annie B. M. Barklay née Starling, here in Australia has a painting stored away in a cupboard. It is labelled "Ormesby Mill - Norfolk" in my mother's hand. I was lead to believe that it is the Orlesby St Michael mill, however it seems that that mill was burned down in 1917 and the painting is dated 1938.
I visited my mother last weekend and talked about the painting of the mill. She said that she was sure that my cousin visited Norfolk 15 or 20 years ago (she thinks) only to find that the mill had very recently been demolished (my comment - perhaps it was the house that had recently been demolished?).
David Barklay, Australia - 11th December 2009
N.B. Painting at top of page


Have recently been following a particular line of family history research which leads me back, mainly, through the Empson family. I see from your website that you record them as living at the mill house on Ormesby St Michael in 1883. The 1881 Census records them living at the mill house two years earlier. John Empson was then aged 40 and is recorded as being born in Winterton. Elizabeth Watson Empson, also aged 40 is recorded as being born in Hemsby. I think that John is the son of James Empson, farmer, who is recorded back to the 1841 Census, variously as 'south of King Street' and 'near Lighthouse Hill. John was 9 months old at the time of the 1841 Census. Interestingly, John and Elizabeth appear to have been working as school teachers in 1871; John had previously been a Pupil Teacher and by 1881 their daughter Sarah Elizabeth was a pupil teacher in Ormesby School.
Derrick Golland - 14th August 2012


White's 1845: Robert Gowen, millwright

1857: George Davey Starling snr. bankrupt

White's 1890: Benjamin Starling, carpenter

Kelly's 1892: Edgar Starling, upholsterer


Faden's map 1797: Flour W Mill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: Nathaniel Hammond, corn miller

Tithe Award 1841: Owner: Timothy Fellows; Occupier: Nathaniel Hammond

c.1841: Timothy Fellows, mill owner, died

1841: Nathaniel Hammond, yearly tenant miller at a rent of £40 per annum

June 1841: Mill advertised for sale by auction with roundhouse lately added

1846: Benjamin Starling snr, miller

c.1856: Patent sails installed

1857: George Davey Starling snr., mill owner, bankrupt, also Hemsby towermill

1857: Benjamin Starling snr, miller

July 1857: Mill advertised for sale by auction

September 1861: Mill advertised for sale or let

White's 1864: Benjamin Starling, miller

1865: John Starling, miller

1868: Benjamin Starling jnr, miller

Kelly's 1879: Benjamin Starling jnr, miller

Census 1881: James Empson (40) b.Winterton, miller; Elizabeth Watson Empson (40) b.Hemsby

1883: James Empson, miller

1888: Benjamin Starling, miller

O.S. map 1888: Windmill (Corn)

c.1914: Mill allegedly destroyed by fire

July 1972: Mill house derelict



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