Pulham St. Mary


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Pulham St Mary the Virgin had three postmills working in the 1800s - a northern mill, a western_mill and a southern_mill. Nearby was the larger village of Pulham Market that was also known as Pulham St Mary Magdalene in the 1800s.

Up until at least 1871 the mill was powering two pairs of French burr stones.

Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Northern mill marked at 329
Western mill site marked in red
Southern mill just below the crossroads

Tithe Award 1838
Map, W. S. Millard, 1838
Owner: James Drane
Occupier: Robert Stanton

No. 329a

Mill Premises & Yards


0a. 0r. 12p.

Pt. of £1.

HARLESTON. SHOCKING ACCIDENT.—On Tuesday last, shocking accident occurred to Mr. Stanton, miller, of Pulham, who was in the act of adjusting some part of the machinery of the mill, when his right hand became entangled in the cog work, and was crushed to pieces. Mr Mills, surgeon, was very quickly on the spot, who considering it prudent to have further assistance, a messenger was sent to Harleston. Mr Bunn and Mr Candler shortly arrived, and it was decide that amputation should immediately take place, which was at once performed by Mr Mills. Mr Stanton remains in a very weak state, but hopes are entertained of his recovery.
Norfolk News - 25th September 1852

John Caley Is favoured with instructions from several Proprietors to Sell by Auction at the Crown Inn, Pulham on Monday June 30, 1862 at 5 o'c In Eleven Lots.
At Pulham St. Mary the Virgin.
Lot 5. A compact WINDMILL driving two pairs of Stones and going gear complete and a capital Dwelling house formerly in three tenements with detached Offices, Workshop, Piggery, Stable, Cart shed, and Granary and an Inclosure of first class PASTURE LAND. This property is well situated near the Street at Pulham St. Mary the Virgin and is in the occupation of Mr. Charles Hood. The Mill is in full trade and from its position will always command a large share of profitable business.
Apply to the Auctioneers or Messrs. Hazard, Solrs. Harleston.

Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 21st June 1862

Situations Vacant
WANTED, A Single Man to take charge of a Windmill.

Apply G. Hood, Pulham, Norfolk.
Norfolk News - 25th November 1871

SALE, three New FRENCH BURR MILL-STONES, one 4 ft. 4 in. and one pair 4 ft. 6 in.
Apply Charles Hood, Miller, Pulham Mary, Harleston.

Norfolk News - 19th October 1872

FOR SALE Two Pairs of new French BURR STONES, one pair 4 ft. and the other 4 ft. 4 in.
Apply Charles Hood, Miller, Pulham Mary, Harleston.
Norfolk News - 5th December 1874

Accident. - On Tuesday a serious accident befell a young man named Youell, in the employ of Mr. G. Hood, miller. Youell was standing on the cart near the mill , which was in motion, when one of the sails caught him the head, causing scalp wound, from which blood flowed very freely He was conveyed to Dr. Paulley's, who promptly attended to the unfortunate man's injuries. The patient is progressing favourably.
Diss Express - 10th November 1893

O. S. Map 1883
Northern postmill top left; Southern postmill lower centre left
Courtesy of NLS map images

White's 1836: James Drane, farmer & yeoman
White's 1836: John Stanton, Free-school master

White's 1845: Mrs. Abigail Drane, gentlewoman

White's 1888: Robert Adcock, farmer, miller & owner - undesignated mill

Index of Wills 1829: James Stanton, miller

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: Elizabeth & Robert Stanton, corn millers

O.S. map 1837: Windmill

Tithe Award 1838: Owner: James Drane; Occupier, Robert Stanton

White's 1845: Elizabeth & Robert Stanton, corn millers

1846: Elizabeth Stanton, miller

Tuesday 21st September 1852: Mr. Stanton caught his hand in moving cog wheels - it was later amputated

1853: Elizabeth Stanton, miller

White's 1854: James Stanton, corn miller

1858: Charles Hood, miller

1862: Charles Hood, tenant miller

June 1862: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1864: Charles Hood, miller

1872: Charles Hood, miller

1874: Charles Hood, miller

1878: Charles Hood, miller

Kelly's 1879: Charles Hood, miller

1879: George Hood, miller

1883: George Hood, miller

O.S. map 1884: Windmill

White's 1888: George Hood, miller & merchant

White's 1890: George Hood, miller & merchant

Kelly's 1892: George Hood, miller (wind & steam) & coal & corn merchant

1893: George Hood, miller

Kelly's 1896: George Hood, miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1900: George Hood, miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1904: George Hood, miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1892: George Woodrow, miller (wind & steam)

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