Sea Palling
towermill


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c.1910
c.1910

Sea Palling towermill was a five storey tarred red brick mill. The batter eased off for the top two storeys and the differing brickwork indicated they were a later modification. The mill was stood near the Stalham Road, beside the Mill House with small brick barns and outbuildings around a mile to the west of the village.


The mill had a Norfolk boat shaped cap with a gallery and 6 bladed fan. Four double shuttered sails, each with 8 bays of 3 shutters drove 2 pairs of French burr stones a flour mill (2 in 1835-6) and a jogging screen. The iron brake acted on a flat bottomed groove set in the rim of the iron brakewheel.


In 1826 the mill had a grinding capacity of:
4 or 5 lasts per week = 80 or 100 coomb sacks
thus each pair of stones ground 40 or 50 coombs per week per pair


21st May 1979
21st May 1979

In July 1792, William Spratt along with Stephen Spratt of Wacton mill were listed as a executors of the late John Spratt of Bedingham_smockmill and it seems reasonable to assume they were related and quite possibly brothers.


The Creditors of the late John Spratt of Bedingham in the county of Norfolk, Miller, ... to deliver accounts to Wm. Spratt of Palling, Miller, or Stephen Spratt of Wacton, Miller ... his Executors
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th July 1792

Hewling Luson Warnes moved from Hemsby_towermill in 1875, where he had been for some 15 years. It is probable that Hewling Warnes was a relative of Elizabeth Warnes and it is presumed she was the widow of Henry Warnes. Thus Hewling Warnes moved to take over a mill already in the family.

To Millers To be Sold
Now in full trade and very convenient for water carriage, with Possession at Lady next.
A TOWER WINDMILL with two pair of French Stones, Jogging Screen, Flour Mill and all Going Gears in excellent repair and about one acre of Land.
Also a new built Dwelling house with two very handsome front rooms, six chambers, bake house and dairy, with every convenience for a genteel family.
Likewise Stables, Cow houses and Pig's Cots all brick built.
The purchaser may be accommodated with a seven acre marsh if required.
Apply to Mr. Henry Warns of Sea Palling in Norfolk, who will shew the Premises.
N.B. Part of the purchase money may remain on the estate.

Norfolk Chronicle - 24th December 1814

To Millers
To be Sold
Now in full trade and very convenient for water carriage, with Possession at Lady day next.
A TOWER WINDMILL at Palling next the Sea, with two pair of French Stones, Jogging Screen, Flour Mill and all Going Gears in excellent repair and about one acre of Land.
Also a new built Dwelling house with two very handsome front rooms, six chambers, bake house and dairy, with every convenience for a genteel family.
Likewise Stables, Cow houses, Piggeries and other necessary outhouses, all brick built. The purchaser may be accommodated with a seven acre marsh if required.
Apply to Mr. Henry Warns, the proprietor, on the premises or to Mr. Chalker, Solr. North Walsham.
N.B. Part of the purchase money may remain on the estate.

Norfolk Chronicle - 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th January 1815

To be Sold by Auction At the Cross Keys at North Walsham On Thursday 2 March at 3 o'c 1815
A TOWER WIND-MILL situated at Palling near the Sea, with two pair of French Stones, Jogging Screen, Flour Mill and all Going Gears in excellent repair and about one Acre of Land.
Also a new brick built Dwelling house with two very handsome front rooms, six chambers, bake house and dairy, with every convenience for a genteel family.
Likewise a stable, cow houses and pig-cots all brick built.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th February 1815

To Journeymen Millers
Wanted Immediately
A Steady MARRIED MAN. A Character will be required,
Apply at Palling Mill near Stalham, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th October 1820

Sale by Wm. Barcham
on the premises of John Chapman (near the Mill)
Cows etc.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th October 1823

Henry Warnes let the mill for several years in the 1820s and 1830s while he rented and worked Horsford_smockmill and then Dilham_watermill.

To Millers To be Let With Possession at Michaelmas next
An excellent TOWER WINDMILL capable of Manufacturing 4 or 5 lasts per week with two pair of French Stones, flour mill complete going gears. Also a comfortable Dwelling house with granary, requisite outbuildings and about one acre of land.
The Premises are situate in a good neighbourhood and are within a quarter of a mile of the navigable river to Yarmouth.
For rent and further particulars apply to Mr. Henry Warnes, Horsford or to SEWELL, BLAKE & KEITH, Solrs. Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th August 1826

To Millers
To be Let With Possession at Michaelmas next
A capital Brick TOWER WINDMILL at Palling next the Sea, carrying two pair of French Stones with Flour Mill and Going Gears complete. Also a neat Dwelling House with Granary, stable, cart lodge, piggery and other outbuildings and about one acre of Arable land adjoining the Mill. The above Premises are within a quarter of a mile of water carriage and are now in the occupation of Mr. John Gambling who will quit the same at Michaelmas next.
Apply (if by letter post paid) to Messrs. SEWELL, BLAKE & KEITH, Solrs. Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 29th September 1827

PALLING
To Millers To be Let With Possession at Michaelmas next
A comfortable SMALL DWELLING HOUSE with stable, cart shed and other convenient buildings and a Brick Tower Windmill with two pair of French Stones, two flour mills with going gears complete; also a good granary and about one Acre of Land.
The Property is at Palling next the Sea in Norfolk and is in the occupation of Mr. James Scarland.
Apply to Messrs. SEWELL, BLAKE & KEITH & BLAKE, Solrs. Norwich or Mr. Henry Warnes at Dilham_Mills near North Walsham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 30th August & 13th September 1834

TO BE LET With Possession at Michaelmas next.
A Capital BRICK TOWER WIND MILL at PALLING next the Sea
With good Dwelling house, requisite Outbuildings and an acre of Land adjoining and now in the occupation of Thomas FRARY.
The Mill drives two pair of French Stones and two Flour Mills.
Apply to SEWELL, BLAKE & CO. Solrs. Norwich or to Mr. Warnes at Mr. Wells' Dilham_Mills.

Norfolk Chronicle - 19th September 1835

To be Let with possession at Michaelmas next. A Windmill with two pair of stones and going gears complete, together with a dwelling house, granary and suitable outbuildings, and about an acre of land at Palling, next the Sea.
Apply to Mr. Warnes Dilham_Mill.

Norfolk Chronicle - 24th September 1836

To be Let with possession at Michaelmas next. A Windmill with two pair of stones, Two flour mills and going gears complete, together with a dwelling house, granary and suitable outbuildings, and about an acre of land at Palling, next the Sea.
Apply to Messrs. SEWELL, BLAKE & Co. Solrs. Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 24th September 1836

Tithe Award 1838
Owner: Henry Warnes
Occupier: Martin Palmer

No. 134

Mill, Yard & Pightle

     

Capital Windmill at PALLING NEXT THE SEA and Cottages at Winterton To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Wm. Butcher at the White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 30 August 1843 at 2 o'c.
Lot 1. A Capital Brick TOWER WINDMILL well situate for trade, driving two pairs of French stones with winding tackle, flour mill and going gears complete and in good repair.
Also a comfortable Dwelling house ... yard in which are a granary, stable, cart lodge and piggeries together with a good garden and piece of Arable Land attached containing altogether including the site of the buildings one acre more or less.
All Freehold and no outgoings.

Apply to Messrs. SEWELL, BLAKE, KEITH & BLAKE, Solrs. or the Auctioneer, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 12th, 19th & 26th August 1843


Hewling and Luson were actually surnames that had been given as forenames to try and ensure the names survived as long as possible.  Luson was a big merchant in Yarmouth, with malthouses, granaries etc. in the early 1700's and Hewling was on the manor court rolls for Shropham, having deeds from another man. There was a lot of money in the earlier years and perhaps landowners of considerable property on both sides.


c.1990
c.1990

To Millers and others
A BRICK-TOWER WINDMILL, with patent sails, driving two pairs of stones and two flour mills, having a convenient Dwelling house and requisite Outpremises, with Garden and Pightle of Land adjoining at Palling next the Sea.
There is a good connection to the Mill, which is now to be let in consequence of the decease of the late Manager.
For particulars apply to Mr. J. Dawson, Martham or to Mr. H. L. Warnes, Hemsby, Norfolk.
Norfolk News - 15th August 1868


PALLING NEXT THE SEA
To be Sold by Auction by
Charles Feltham on Tuesday October 13, 1868, the Household Furniture ... Dairy and Brewing utensils, Miller's Carts ... Agricultural Implements and other Effects of Mrs. Elizabeth Warnes who retires from business.
On account of the number of Lots, the Sale will commence at 11 o'c punctually.
Norfolk News - 10th October 1868


PALLING NEXT THE SEA
To Millers. To be Let with immediate possession all that capital and long established MILLERS BUSINESS so prosperously conducted by the late Mr. Henry Warnes and afterwards by his widow comprising a powerful brick-built TOWER MILL driving two pair of stones, with patent sails and self winding gear, a commodious Dwelling House, Pightle of Land, Gardens, Storehouse and other suitable Outbuildings and Trade Premises.
Apply to Mr. Clowes, Solr. Great Yarmouth.
Norfolk Chronicle - 1st October 1870 & 1st & 29th July 1871
Norfolk News - 24th September, 26th Novmbr & 3rd December 1870 & 29th July & 5th August 1871


PALLING NEXT THE SEA
For Sale by Private Contract. All that capital BRICK TOWER WINDMILL driving two pairs of French stones with Winding Tackle, Flour Mill and Going Gear complete. Also substantial and commodious Dwelling House with Yard, Granary, Stable, Cart lodge and other Outbuildings together with good Garden and piece of Arable Land attached, all Freehold and now in the occupation of the Executor of the late Mr. Henry Warnes deceased, who will give immediate possession. The Mill stands in a fine position to command a trade and connection and is admirably situated as regards wind.
Apply to Mr. Clowes, Solr. Great Yarmouth.
Norfolk Chronicle - 27th September 1873


Houses etc.
To Let with Immediate Possession
A TOWER WINDMILL driving two Pair of Stones, with Dwelling house, Outbuildings and Pightle of Land, situate at Sea Palling.
Inquire of H. L. Warnes, Hemsby
Norfolk News - 6th & 13th December 1873 & 28th February & 14th March 1874


Houses etc.
To be Let with Immediate Possession
A TOWER WINDMILL driving two pairs of Stones, with Dwelling house and Pightle of Land, situate at Sea Palling.
Inquire of H. L. Warnes, Hemsby
Norfolk News - 25th July & 5th September 1874


PALLING
Brick tower windmill admirably situated for wind in district quite away from other mills, doing about 2600 coombs of "Bags" yearly, besides the flour business: also a comfortable Residence with warehouse, stable, cowhouse4 and all requisite buildings, gardens and pightle of pasture land.
Immediate Possession arranged for.
Yarmouth Independent - 24th September 1881
N.B. Bags = grist i.e. barley and oats etc for animal feed


PALLING-NEXT-SEA
To sell by auction ... all that well-built Brick Tower WINDMILL and the messuage or Dwelling House with the yards, gardens, granary, stable, cart lodge and other out-buildings and the pightle of land adjoining thereto situate at Palling-next-the-Sea and now in the occupation of Mrs. Smith.
Yarmouth Gazette - 22nd September 1883


PALLING-NEXT-THE-SEA, Norfolk
Messrs. Ireland are instructed to offer for Sale by Auction at the Maids Head Hotel, Stalham on Tuesday 6 August 1889 at 5 for 6 o'c in the Afternoon, in One Lot
All that well built
BRICK TOWER WINDMILL
and the Messuage or DWELLING HOUSE with the Yards, Gardens, Granary, Stable, Cart lodge and other Outbuildings and the Pightle of Land adjoining thereto, situate at Palling next the Sea, Norfolk and now in the occupation of Mr. Warnes as Manager for Mr. Smith.
Tenure Freehold
Possession will be given on completion of the purchase.
Particulars of the Auctioneers, Guestwick and 15 Bank Plain, Norwich and of Chittock & Woods,
17 Bank Plain, Norwich, Vendor's Solrs.
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th & 27th July & 3rd August 1889


PALLING-NEXT-THE-SEA
Sale by Auction
BRICK TOWER WINDMILL etc.
now in the occupation of Mr. Warnes as Manager for Mrs. Smith.
Freehold
Yarmouth Independent - 20th July 1889


Ann Elizabeth Warnes, died 13th September 1877, aged 52 - first wife of Mewling Luson (née Ann Gaze)
Henry Warnes, born 1790 in Winterton and died February 1860, aged 70 - husband of Elizabeth Warnes
Mewling Luson Warnes, died 18th August 1881, aged 58 - husband of Anne, then Mary who survived him
Thomas Davison Warnes, died 12th May 1915, aged 84 - miller son of Henry & Elizabeth
Elizabeth Warnes, died 9th March 1829, aged 31 - sister of Henry
Maria Warnes, died 12th March 1844, aged 20 - daughter of Henry & Elizabeth


Henry Warnes was a miller at Honing in when his son Thomas was born in 1833. The parish register records:
Born Jan 25, 1833. Baptised Feb 3, 1833  Thomas Dawson Warnes son of Henry Warnes & Elizabeth (late Dawson)


Arnolds Estate Agents advert in the Eastern Daily Press - 4th April 2008
Arnolds Estate Agents advert in the Eastern Daily Press - 4th April 2008

My parents bought this windmill in the early 1960s (around 1962 or 3) and used the house as a weekend home. the windmill was derelict and the house wasn't much better, so all their attention was devoted to the house (they ran a restaurant in Harlow and we used to set out after the Sunday lunch serving for the three-hour journey, leaving at the crack of dawn to get me to school in Bishop's Stortford on Monday morning, so you'll see there was little time for renovations. they eventually retired there in 1971, but as is often the way, my father died within months. my mother stayed on for a little while, selling the house in 73 (which you note on your site). she was very reluctant to move, but was persuaded by my sisters and myself - we thought we knew best and didn't.
Liz Gerard - 12th September 2008


July 1792: William Spratt, miller, listed as a executor of the late John Spratt of Bedingham smockmill

1814: Henry Warns, miller

December 1814: Mill advertised for sale

1815: Henry Warns, miller

February 1815: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

August 1826: Mill advertised to be let

1827: John Gambling, miller

September 1827: Mill advertised to be let

1834: James Scarland, miller; owner Henry Warnes at Dilham Mills

August 1834: Mill advertised to be let

September 1835: Mill advertised to be let

1835: Owner: Henry Warnes; occupier Thomas Frery, miller, with Henry Warnes renting Dilham watermill

September 1836: Mill advertised to be let by owner Henry Warnes at Dilham Mills

White's 1836: Thomas Frerey, corn miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Tithe Award 1838: Owner: Henry Warnes; Occupier: Martin Palmer

Census 1841:
Henry Warnes (51) miller
Elizabeth Warnes (49)
Henry Warnes (20) shoemaker
Hewling Warnes (19) miller
Harriet Warnes (13)
John Warnes (11)
Thomas Warnes (9)

August 1843: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1845: Henry Warnes, corn miller

White's 1854: Henry Warnes, corn miller ~

1858: Henry Warnes, miller

February 1860: Henry Warnes died aged 70

1863: Mrs. Elizabeth Warnes, miller

White's 1864: Elizabeth Warnes, corn miller & farmer

August 1868: Mill advertised to be let

1868: Mrs. Elizabeth Warnes, miller

October 1868: Mill advertised to be sold by auction

September 1870: Mill advertised to be let

July 1871: Mill advertised to be let

1872: Isaac Watson, miller

September 1873: Mill advertised to be sold by private contract

December 1873: Mill advertised to be let

February 1874: Mill advertised to be let

1875: Hewling Luson Warnes, miller (previously at Hemsby towermill)

Kelly's 1879: Hewling Luson Warnes, miller

18th August 1881: Hewling Luson Warnes died aged 58

White's 1883: Hewling Luson Warnes, miller (executor)

September 1883: Mrs. Smith, occupier

1889: Hewling Luson Warnes, miller

July 1889: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1890: Robert Everett, miller

Kelly's 1892: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1896: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1900: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1904: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1908: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1912: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1916: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1922: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1925: Robert Morley, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1929: Stephen Daniel Riches, miller (wind)

Photo 29th May 1929: Mill in working order

c.1930: Mill ceased working

Karl Wood painting 1937: Mill tower with cap but no sails or fan on fantail

c.1962: Mill and house sold

1973: Mill bought by new owners and made weatherproof - shell only

1979: Mill lying derelict with no roof.

2006: Mill listed - some time earlier

2006: Outer steps derelict

April 2008: Mill and house advertised for sale for £395,000 (£385,000 in August 2008)



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