Pulham Market
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c.1890
c.1890

Pulham Market smock windmill stood in Dunning's Lane. The 8 sided wooden superstructure of the 5 storey mill was set on a single storey brick base with sloping walls. 4 double shuttered patent sails, each with 9 bays of 3 shutters were struck by rack & pinion. The Norfolk boat shaped cap with a gallery, petticoat and chainpole, held a 6 bladed fan set on a vertical frame held to the cap by wire stays. Steam power was used for auxiliary power. Pulham Market was known as Pulham St. Mary Magdalen during the 1800s.


c.1900
c.1900

c.1912
c.1912

WANTED
IMMEDIATELY
A Good Strong LAD about 15 years of age as an APPRENTICE to a MILLER
Enquire of J. Wilden, Pulham Market, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd September 1825


James Goodswen miller, of Stratton St. Michael, appoints Mary his wife, and his two sons in law, William Field of Pulham St. Mary Magdalen and Benjamin Coppings of Hardwick in the said County, Millers as executors.

  • Everything to his wife Mary, for her lifetime apart from the 3 WINDMILLS, situated in Pulham St. Mary Magdalen, Hardwick, and the one is own occupation in Stratton St. Michael. Wife to receive an annuity from the mills profits etc, and something provided for the daughter Julia Goodswen.
  • 2. I give devise and bequeath all my messuages, cottages, lands, tenements and hereditaments with the windmill thereupon built and the tackle and going gears thereof complete, situate and lying in the parish of Pulham St. Mary Magdalen aforesaid copyhold of the Manor of Pulham, as the same now in the occupation of my daughter Mary Ann, the wife of William Field. To hold the same etc for Mary Ann and her heirs and assigns.
  • Give and devise and bequeath, [practically identical to the above paragraph] for the windmill built, complete etc in the parish of Hardwick, now in the occupation of Benjamin Copping to my daughter Hannah, wife of Benjamin Copping, to hold the same for Hannah and heirs etc…
  • The windmill in Stratton St. Michael, now in my own occupation I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Goodswen.

Extract from will of James Goodswen, miller of Stratton St. Michael - written 12th February 1852
Value £450.00


Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a strong active Young Man who can Grind and will make himself generally useful.
Apply John Roope, Miller, Pulham Market, near Harleston.
Norfolk News - 13th December 1873


The old wind-mill at Pulham Market, a familiar landmark of the district, just pulled down as it had become unsafe.
Dereham & Fakenham Times - 3rd December 1921


c.1910
c.1910

The mill was demolished in 1917, when the milling machinery was transferred to an adjoining building to be powered by a steam engine.


On 11th October 1978, Harry Apling recorded that Arthur Roope, a retired builder aged 65, lived near the church. Arthur's father was William Roope, also a builder and his grandfather was John Roope, miller during the last half of the 1800s.
Mrs. Edith Mary Roope was the wife of Charles Rackham Roope, who died on 3rd May 1956 at the age of 80 and had worked the steam mill at least until 1937.


Kelly's 1879: William Roope, carpenter

White's 1890: William Roope, carpenter, painter, glazier, and parish clerk

Kelly's 1892: William Roope, carpenter, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn

Kelly's 1896: William Roope, carpenter, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn

Kelly's 1900:

Kelly's 1900:
William Roope, builder & contractor, maker of open air revolving shelters for consumptives, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn

Horace Henry Goldsmith, farmer Bush green

Kelly's 1904:

Kelly's 1904:
William Roope, builder & contractor, maker of open air revolving shelters for consumptives, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn

Horace Henry Goldsmith, farmer & landowner, Selwyn farm

Kelly's 1908:

Kelly's 1908:
William Roope, builder & contractor, maker of open air revolving shelters for consumptives, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn

Horace Henry Goldsmith, farmer & landowner, Selwyn farm

Kelly's 1912:

Kelly's 1912:
Kelly's 1912:
William Roope, builder & contractor, maker of open air revolving shelters for consumptives, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn
Horace Henry Goldsmith, farmer & landowner, Selwyn farm
Charles Roope, fruit grower

Kelly's 1922:

Kelly's 1922:
Kelly's 1922:
William Roope, builder & contractor, maker of open air revolving shelters for consumptives, parish clerk and superintendent of fire engine statn

Horace Henry Goldsmith, J.P. farmer & landowner, Selwyn farm

Charles Roope, fruit grower

1825: J. Wilden, miller

White's 1836: Joshua Rackham, corn miller

White's 1845: Joshua Rackham, corn miller
(mill owned by James Goodswen of Stratton St Michael)

23rd July 1846: Joshua Rackham (b.1803) died aged 43 and was buried in Pulham Market churchyard

Census 1851:

William Field (36) b.Long Stratton, miller employing 1 man
Mary Ann Field (33) b.Hardwick,
Mary Ann Packham (12) b.Pulham St Mary Magdalen, scholar (daughter)
Hannah Packham (5) (12) b.Pulham St Mary Magdalen, scholar (daughter)
Robert Newton (23) b.St Faiths, journeyman miller
Address: Dunnings Lane


White's 1854: William Field, corn miller

White's 1864: William Field, corn miller

1868: William Field, miller

1872: John Roope, miller

1873: John Roope, miller

Kelly's 1879: John Roope, miller

1883: John Roope, miller (wind & steam)

O.S. map 1884: Windmill

White's 1888: John Rope, miller

White's 1890: John Roope, miller

Kelly's 1892: John Roope, miller (wind & steam) & wood sawyer

Kelly's 1896: John Roope, miller (wind & steam)

18th June 1897: John Roope (b.1844) died aged 53 and was buried in Pulham Market cemetery

Kelly's 1900: Philip Goldsmith, miller (wind & steam)
Kelly's 1900: Charles Roope, mill manager

Kelly's 1904: Charles Roope, miller & fruit grower

Kelly's 1908: Charles Roope, miller & fruit grower

1917: Mill machinery dismantled

1921: Mill demolished as it was unsafe

22nd May 1923: John Roope (b.1871) died aged 52 and was buried in Pulham Market cemetery


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