Shipdham
West End
postmill


West End mill c.1906
West End mill c.1906

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Shipdham West End postmill had five floors averall and was set on a roundhouse and was turned to wind using a fantail set on the ladder to the buck. Four double shuttered patent sails powered one pair of 4 ft. and one pair of 4 ft. 6 ins. French burr stones, a flour mill and jumper. A bake office was also run from the site.


To be put out APPRENTICE for Seven Years, a PARISH BOY, near eleven years of Age, always vedry healthy, bony and large for his Age.
A Sum of Money will be given with him for his Master to find him during his Service with Cloaths and Necessaries fitting for such an Apprentice.
Whoever is inclined to take the said Lad are desired to apply to the next house to Mr. Abraham Bunkell's Mill at Shipdham in the county of Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 30th March 1782

To be Sold by Auction on 8 July at the Golden Dog in Shipdham.
A capital new built post Windmill, with two pair of French stones, also a house and stables. The Premises are situate at Shipdham, are in the occupation of Mr. Bunkale, and possession may be had immediately.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd June 1811

To Millers
To be Sold by Auction By THOS. JOHNSON on Monday 8 July 1811 at 4 o'c At the Golden Dog in Shipdham.
A VERY desirable situation in the Milling Business consisting of all that capital new built POST WINDMILL with two pair of French Stones and all the goping geers which are in excellent condition. And a dwelling house with stable and other outhouses and a large yard to the same adjoining.
The premises are situated at Shipdham, are in the occupation of Mr. Bunkale, and possession may be had immediately.
Apply personally or by letter post paid to Messrs. Cooper, Attornies, East Dereham or to Mr. Stuckey, Attorney, Swaffham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd & 29th June 1811

To be Sold by Auction on 30 September at the Eagle Inn, East Dereham.
A capital new built Post Windmill, with two pair French stones, together with a dwelling house. The Premises are situate at Shipdham, and are in the occupation of Mrs. Bunkall.
Possession may be had immediately.
Norfolk Chronicle - 21st September 1811

To Millers By ZACHARIAH INGLETON On Monday 30 September instant at 6 o'c At the Eagle Inn East Dereham
A Very desirable SITUATION in the Milling Business consisting of all that capital new built post Windmill with two pair of French stones and all the going geers which are in excellent condition, and a dwelling house with stable and other outhouses and large yard to the same adjoining.
Also a piece of land containing 1 rood and 20 perches (more or less).
The premises are situated at Shipdham, are in the occupation of Mrs. Bunkall and possession may be had immediately.
Apply personally or by letter post paid to Messrs. Cooper, attornies, Dereham.,
Norfolk Chronicle - 21st & 28th September 1811

To be Sold by Auction By Edward Clements At the Golden Dog Inn, Shipdham in the county of Norfolk On Thursday 24 August instant at 4 o'c unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract
A Capital POST WIND CORN MILL with two pair of French Stones with the going gears etc. belonging thereto.
Also a substantial brick and tiled MESSUAGE with convenient outbuilding and small allotment of land adjoining.
The above Estate is held under a lease for a term of 99 years whereof 62 years will be unexpired at Michaelmas next, at the annual rent of £1. 5s., is eligibly situated in the populous village of Shipdham, about 5 miles from each of the market towns of East Dereham and Watton and now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Bunkall.
Immediate possession may be had or at Michaelmas next.
Apply (if by letter post paid) to Mr. John Leggatt of East Bradenham, Mr. John Catton, Shipdham, Mr. Palmer, Solr. East Dereham or the Auctioneer, Watton.
Norfolk Chronicle - 12th & 19th August 1815

MARRIED
Yesterday se'nnight at Shipdham, Mr. Thomas Bunkall, Miller, to Miss Large only daughter of Mr. William Large, both of the same place.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th September 1815

To be Sold by Auction By R. Cruso On Wednesday & Thursday 12 & 13 July 1826 at 11 o'c
(Under an Execution directed to the High Sheriff of Norfolk)
All the Household Furniture, Stock and Utensils etc. on the Premises of Mr. DANIEL SUDBURY, Miller and baker, Shipdham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 8th July 1826

To be Sold by Private Contract. With Immediate Possession
A Capital WINDMILL situate in the parish of Shipdham in the county of Norfolk, with about half an acre of land well walled in.
Also a good Dwelling house with two cottages, gardens, stables etc. and about 7 acres of Land (more or less) laying at a short distance therefrom.
Application to be made to A. & J. Bowker & Co. Lynn.
December 7, 1826.
Norfolk Chronicle - 16th & 23rd December 1826

To be SOLD by PRIVATE CONTRACT With Possession at Lady Day next.
A Capital WIND MILL situate in the Parish of SHIPDHAM in the county of Norfolk, with about half an acre of Land well walled in. Also a good Dwelling house with one Cottage, Garden, Stable etc. and about seven acres of Land (more or less) at a short distance therefrom.
The above is now in the occupation of Mr. Robert Gooch who will shew the premises.
Apply to A. & J. Bowker & Co., Lynn.
December 3, 1828
Norfolk Chronicle - 13th December 1828

SHIPDHAM
To be Sold by Private Contract.
A very desirable Estate comprising a capital POST WINDMILL with Patent Sails, in thorough repair, winding herself, driving two pairs of French Stones, with Machinery and substantially built Roundhouse etc. complete, a erected Messuage together with Cottage, Barn, Stable and requisite Outbuildings conveniently situate near the Mill and Seven Acres (more or less) of superior Arable Land, the whole eligibly situate in the populous parish of Shipdham in Norfolk within 5 miles of the superior Corn Markets of East Dereham and Watton and 7 from Swaffham.
The Mill, Messuage and part of the Buildings, are Leasehold for a long term of years and the rest of the Buildings and Land is Freehold.
Apply to Mr. William Drake, Solr. East Dereham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd & 30th December 1843

To be Sold by Private Contract. A capital Post Windmill with patent sails and roundhouse, situated in the Parish of Shipdham in Norfolk. Leasehold for a long term of years.
Norfolk Chronicle - 30th December 1843

Tithe map 1846
Tithe map 1846 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1846
Map - Pratt & Son, Norwich
Owner: James Buckenham
Occupier: do

No. 61

House, Mill & Yard

Pasture
part of

0a. 0r. 35p.
6a. 3r. 39p.


£2..

10s.
17s.
5d

To Millers, Farmers and others
To be Sold by Auction By J. H. Greenacre on Wednesday September 23, 1846 At the Bull Inn, Watton.
An excellent POST WINDMILL now standing at SHIPDHAM
With two pairs of French burr stones, two patent sails with all the going gear and machinery which are quite new and complete and can easiuly be removed at little expense.
The above Property will be sold without any reserve.
Apply to Messrs. Hambling, Mr. Henry Gridley, Solr. or the Auctioneer, East Derereham.
Sale to commenmce at 6 o'c.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette - 19th September 1846

SHIPDHAM.
Substantially built POST WINDMILL with brick Roundhouse and five Corn Floors. Also a convenient Messuage or Dwelling House with requisite Offices, Barn, Cottage, Stable, Outhouses and appurtenances. To be Sold by Private Contract. A capital Post Windmill with patent sails and roundhouse, situated in the Parish of Shipdham in Norfolk. Leasehold for a long term of years.
Mr. Butcher is instructed to Sell by Auction at the Kings Arms Hotel, East Dereham on Friday 2nd June 1854 at 3 o'c in 2 lots.
Lot 1.
A most substantial and powerful post Windmill (with brick roundhouse) in a complete state of repair containing five floors, working two pair of French stones, one 4½ feet and the other 4 ft., four patent sails (new), wind shaft with iron neck, head wheel and wallower, spur wheel with iron segments, flour mill, jumper and other requisite going gears, alsoa convenient Messuage or Dwelling House standing in the Mill Yard adjoining the high road leading from Shipdham to Saham Toney, containing ... 0a. 3r. 0p.
Leasehold for a term of 999 years at the annual rent of £1. 5/- 75 years only of which are now expired. Land Tax redeemed.
Lot 2.
Two enclosures freehold arable 7a. 0r. in occupation of Mr. Wm. Stringer and another.
Apply Christopher Spanton, Solr. Attleburgh or Auctioneer, Norwich.
(William Stringer to East Bradenham)
Norfolk Chronicle - 13th & 20th May 1854

To Millers and others
SHIPDHAM
SALTER & SIMPSON
Sale Monday 31 May
Household furniture, Stock in trade,
Sharps, Middlings, Dairy seed, Barley ... (other milling items)
of Elijah Wyatt a bankrupt.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th May 1858

To Millers and Bakers
WANTED immediately, a steady active Young Man who has been accustomed to the above Business.
Apply personally to Mr. Wyatt, Shipdham Mill, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 24th November 1860

To Journeyman Millers
Wanted, a single steady Man who thoroughly understands his business. None need apply unless a good Stoneman.
Apply to Mr. E. Wyett, Shipdham Mill.
Norfolk Chronicle - 1st November 1862

Situations Vacant
To JOURNEYMEN MILLERS
Wanted, a Man who thoroughly understands his business. Can be well recommended.
Apply personally to Mr. E. Wyett, Shipdham Mill, Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 1st November 1862

Local Bankrupt
Wyett, Elijah, Shipdham, Miller
Norfolk Chronicle - 9th November 1878

Preliminary advertisment
SHIPDHAM, Norfolk
Sale of property in Saham Weight Road late in the occupation of Elijah Wyett.
Norfolk Chronicle - 9th November 1878

VALUABLE MILL & PROPERTY
FOR SALE or LEASE in consequence of the Bankruptcy of Mr. Elijah Wyett, the MILL, HOUSE, LAND & PREMOSES late in his occupation.
Apply to Messrs. I. O. TAYLOR & SONS, Old Bank Buildings, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 14th December 1878

Sale 29 January of land "lately in the occupation of Mr. Elijah Wyett, abutting on the road from Saham Weight to Shipdham south east ... and also land abutting the said road wesat ... and also (land) abutting on Water Lane west ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th & 25th January 1879

SHIPDHAM
Mr. Charles Henry Capon has received instructions to Sell by Auction at the Kings Arms Hotel, East Dereham on Friday 4 July at 4 for 5 o'c
...
Lot 11.
A POST WINDMILL with substantial Brick Roundhouse, DWELLING HOUSE, Bake Office, Outhouses, Mill Yard etc. containing 0a. 0r. 35p. situate next the road leading from Shipdham to Ashill. Also near the above, but on the opposite of the same Road is a Clay and Tiled STABLE (formerly a Cottage) with Bullock Lodges, small Barn, Yards and productive Garden adjoining situate next the said road from Shipdham to Ashill and containing 0a. 1r. 20p.
YThe above are Leasehold for a term of 999 years from Octobewr 10, 1778. Immediate possession of this Lot may be had on completion of the purchase.
Particulars at the Kings Arms Hotel, East Dereham, at the office of C. H. Capon, Opie Street, Norwich and of
I. O. TAYLOR & SONS,
Old Bank Buildings, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th June 1879

THE HURRICANE OF SUNDAY.
SHIPDHAM
The old mill rocked to and fro, but is still standing, while that at Cranworth belonging to Mr. Littleproud was overturned.
Dereham & Fakenham Times - 30th March 1895

In 1897, H. W. Fysh, miller, reported that the gale of 24th March 1895, cost £40 to repair.


O.S. Map 1891
O.S. Map 1891
Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

Herbert Wm. Fysh, Shipdham, miller a\nd baker, Receiving Order May 22.
The Miller - 31st May 1897


NORWICH BANKRUPTCY COURT. Friday. (18th)
re HERBERT WILLIAM FYSH, miller and baker of Shipdham. Liabilities £143, Assets £34. Debtor was apprenticed to a watchmaker and at the expiration of this apprenticeship he started in business as a watchmaker and general shopkeeper at Shipdham, when he was about 19. He had no capital and borrowed £12 to commence with. He carried on the business for seven years and then had to give it up ... because of failing health. He left the business in 1894 being in debt at the time. His brother took the business of him and paid him £12 for it. He spent the £12 although he was owing about £32 at the time. He then bought a post windmill with a bakery and dwelling house attached. He gave £180 for it. His father lent him £30 and he gave a mortgage of £150 to a Foresters' Court for the remainder. The mill was out of repair and he spent the £12 he had received from his brother on it. He was in ill health and he knew nothing about milling. ... He did a very small trade, it was better at first, but the last two years had been very bad.
... In March 1895 at the time of the severe gale, the mill was very badly blown about, it cost £40 to repair it ... He bought flour for his bakery and never paid for it and at no time had he paid off any of his debts and he was in arrears with the interest on his mortgage ...

Dereham & Fakenham Times - 26th June 1897


Norwich Bankruptcy Court June 18. Watchmaker turned Miller.
Re Herbert Wm. Fysh, miller and baker, of Shipdham. Liabilities £143. Assets £34. Debtor said
he was apprenticed as a watchmaker. He started business as a watchmaker and a general shopkeeper at Shipdham when he was about 19. He had no capital and borrowed £12 to start with. He left the business in 1894 and then bought a Post Windmill, with a bakery and dwelling house attached. He gave £180 for it, and obtained the money on mortgage. The mill was out of repair. In March 1895, at the time of the severe gale, his mill was very badly blown about; it cost £40 to repair it. He bought flour for his bakery and never paid for it, and at no time had he paid off any of his debts and he was in arrears with the interest on his mortgage ...
The Miller - 5th July 1897


MONDAY'S THUNDERSTORM (16 July)
Shipdham
As a precursor to the thunderstorm the wind blew a perfect hurricane, causing an immense cloud of dust to rise ...
Then came a deluge of rain with lightning and thunder. Towads the end of the storm the electric fluid struck the mill occupied by Mr. C. Rushbrooke, bendiong the guiding rod of one of the sails and quite demolishing the winding fan and throwing the fragment to some distance. Mrs. Rushbrooke, the proprietor's mother, who was near at the time, had a most miraculous escape.
Dereham & Fakenham Times - Saturday 21st July 1900

West End mill c.1910
West End mill c.1910

Kelly's 1879: Elijah Wyett, baker

White's 1883: Elijah Wyett, baker

White's 1890: Herbert William Fysh, watch and clock maker

White's 1890: Elijah Wyett, baker

Kelly's 1892: Herbert William Fysh, watch & clock maker & repairer
Kelly's 1892: Albert Ernest Wyett, baker
Kelly's 1892: Elijah Wyett, baker

Kelly's 1896: Harry Fysh, watch & clock maker & repairer
Kelly's 1896: Albert Ernest Wyett, baker
Kelly's 1896: Elijah Wyett, baker

Kelly's 1900: Albert Ernest Wyett, baker
Kelly's 1896: John Wyett, farmer

Kelly's 1904: Albert Ernest Wyett, baker

Kelly's 1908: Albert Ernest Wyett, baker

Kelly's 1916: Herbert Wiliam Fysh, watch maker


10th October 1778: Mill leasehold

1782: Abraham Bunkell, miller

Faden's map 1797: Mill (Shipdham Green)

1811: Mr. Bunkall, miller

June 1811: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1811: Mrs. Bunkall, miller

September 1811: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1815: Thomas Bunkall, miller married Miss Large

August 1815: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Bryant's map 1826: Mill

Greenwood's map 1826: Mill

July 1826: Household furniture and stock of Daniel Sudbury, miller & baker advertised to be sold by auction

December 1826: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1828: Robert Gooch, miller

December 1828: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1830: James Coe White, miller

White's 1836: William Fendick, corn miller, West End

1840: William Fendick, miller,

Census 1841:

William Fendick (28) miller
Sarah Fendick (28)
John Rumble (30) journeyman miller
Hannah Rumble (25)
James Rumble (6)
Mary Rumble (4)
James Rumble (3)
Charlotte Rumble (1)
Address: Little Hale

George Bee (25) journeyman miller
Harriet Bee (20)
Martha Bee (1)


December 1843: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

White's 1845: William Fendick, corn miller, West end

September 1846: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1850: William Stringer, miller

Census 1851:

William Stringer (52) b.Garveston, miller
Hannah Stringer (42) b.Houghton, Suffolk, miller wife
William Stringer (21) b.Garveston, miller son
Robert Stringer Son b.Garveston, miller son
Address: Little Hale

White's 1854: William Stringer, corn miller

May 1854: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1856: William Stringer, miller

1858: William Pyle, miller

May 1858: Personal & business effects of bankrupt Elijah Wyatt of Panxworth postmill advertised for sale

1860: Elijah Wyatt, miller, baker & farmer - previously at Panxworth postmill

1862: Elijah Wyett, miller

White's 1864: Elijah Wyett, corn miller & baker

1869: Elijah Wyett, miller

1878: Elijah Wyett. miller, bankrupt

Approx. 1878: Elijah Wyatt, miller left the mill and land he occupied advertised for sale in January 1879

June 1879: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1883: Thomas Lincoln, farmer & landowner, Mill Farm

O.S. map 1891: Windmill (corn)

1894: Herbert William Fysh, miller

24th March 1895: Mill damaged in a gale, repairs costing £40

Kelly's 1896: Herbert William Fysh, miller (wind)

1897: Herbert William Fysh, miller, bankrupt

Kelly's 1900: Clement Rushbrooke, miller (miller)

Monday 16th July 1900: Mill severely damaged in a gale

Kelly's 1904: Frederick Ketteringham, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1908: William Basham, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1912: William Basham, miller (wind)

O.S. map 1946: Windmill

1970: Mr. & Mrs. H. John Larwood, Mill Lodge - formerly Mill Cottages

1982: Mill site under tennis court at Mill Lodge



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