Shouldham
Mill Farm
towermill


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Shouldham Mill Farm tower windmill was also known as Fincham Mill and stood to the south of Shouldham and to the north of Fincham and was actually nearer to Fincham. The mill site was just to the south of the road from Marham to Shouldham Thorpe. The mill used patent sails to drive 2 pairs of French burr stones and a flour mill. A horse mill was also used for dressing and boulting flour.

To Let
A Capital Tower Windmill driving two pair of Stones, Flour Mill, Jumper etc. with a good Dwelling house, Granaries and all other requisite buildings. Also 40 acres of very superior Arable Land, the Mill having a good retail trade.
Apply to Mr. Thomas Porter, Shouldham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th April 1829

To Millers
To be Sold by Auction at the Crown Inn, Fincham on Wednesday 20 July next at 6'c by CURLE &SON in the following lots
Unless previously disposed of by Private Contract
Lot 1. A Good and substantial Brick and Tiled MESSUAGE or TENEMENT situate in Shouldham in the county of Norfolk adjoining the Road leading to Downham through Fincham and Marham to Swaffham containing ... with an excellent barn, stables, gig house and all other necessary outbuildings.
Also a Capital Brick Tower Windmill (built within the last four years) driving two pair of French Stones, with a horse mill adjoining for dressing and boulting flour and spacious store rooms sufficient to contain 300 quarters of grain and 41 acres of Arable and Pasture Land of good mixed quality and in avery high state of cultivation, now under Lease to most respectable Tenants which expires at Michaelmas 1835 at the annual rent of £200.
The buildings and 26 acres of the above are Copyhold of the Manor of Shouldham, the remainder Freehold. Land Tax £1. 10s. per annum. £2000 may remain secured on Lot 1.
The above Mill is most desirably situated for Trade and within short distances of good Corn Markets, Lynn, Swaffham and Downham.
Particulars upon application to Mr. Bell Solr. Downham Market or the Auctioneer, Middleton near Lynn, Norfolk
Downham Market, 28 June 1831.
Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd, 9th & 16th July 1831


To Millers
WANTED, a Single Man of good character as JOURNEYMAN to board and lodge in this house.
Apply to R. Scott, Shouldham Mill, near Downham.
Norfolk News - 17th November 1860

SHOULDHAM
For Sale by Private Contract
A FREEHOLD ESTATE
Comprising a substantial DWELLING HOUSE with Barn, Stables and Outbuildings, COTTAGE and excellent BRICK TOWER WIND-MILL with patent Sails and going gears complete and FORTY THREE ACRES (more or less) of very superior ARABLE & PASTURE LAND adjoining, now in the occupation of Mr. E. R. Scott, abutting North on the public road from Shouldham to Marham, East on Lands of Sir Thomas Hare, Bart. and West on Lands of J. B. Basham, Esq. and others.
Possession at Michaelmas next.
Further particulars on application to Mr. John Anthony, Fincham or to


March 1865.
Mr. Robert Pitcher,
Solr. Lynn
 
Lynn Advertiser - 4th March 1865

Petty Sessions - Downham - 18 Sep.
Edward Robert Scott, of Shouldham, miller, was charges by p.c. Balls with allowing 29 sheep and 2 cows to stray on the highway at Shouldham, on the 12th inst. - Fined 15/6, and costs 11s.
Lynn Advertiser - 23rd September 1865

To Millers
WANTED, a single young man as Improver.
Apply to Mr. Jas. Pollard, Shouldham Mills.
Lynn Advertiser - 6th October 1866

To Millers and others
To be Sold by Auction by Messrs. CASEBOW & SON
At the Globe Hotel, Kings Lynn, on Tuesday 7 May at 4 for 5 o'c in the afternoon by direction of the Trustees under the Will of Mrs. Ann Barsham, late of Fincham deceased, the undermentioned FREEHOLD ESTATES
Situate in the respective parishes of Shouldham and Tilney St. Lawrence in the county of Norfolk, in the following lots
IN SHOULDHAM
Lot 1. All that MESSUAGE or DWELLING HOUSE with Barn, Stables and Outbuildings, COTTAGE and excellent BRICK TOWER WIND-MILL with patent Sails and Going Gears complete and 43 Acres (more or less) of very superior Arable and Pasture LAND adjoining, now in the occupation of Mr. James Pollard, abutting north on the public road from Shouldham to Marham, east on lands of Sir Thos. Hare, Bart. and west on lands of J. B. Basham, Esq. and others.
IN TILNEY ST LAWRENCE
Lot 2. All that MESSUAGE or DWELLING HOUSE with WIND-MILL, BARN and appurtenances and 6 acres (more or less) of excellent Arable LAND adjoining, now in the occupation of Mr. Wm. Pikett.
The Tenants are under Notice to Quit at Michaelmas next.
Further particulars on application to Mr. John Anthony, Fincham or to the Auctioneers, Downham Market or to


April 1867
Mr. Robert Pitcher,
Solr. King Street, Lynn
 
Lynn Advertiser - 20th April & 4th May 1867

Situations Vacant
WANTED, a Young Man as SECOND HAND in a Tower Mill.
Apply to Mr. James Pollard, Fincham Mills.
Norfolk News - 26th October 1867

TO BE SOLD a quantity of THATCH & LITTER
Enquire of Mr. James Pollard, Shouldham Mills.
Lynn Advertiser - 2nd November 1867

Situations Vacant
TO MILLERS
Wanted, an experienced SINGLE MAN.
Apply Mr. James Pollard, Shouldham Mills.
Norfolk News - 25th April 1868

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a Young Man as IMPROVER to make himself generally useful.
Apply to Mr. James Pollard, Shouldham Mills.
Norfolk News - 27th August 1870

In 1871 James Pollard sold his milling and farming effects at Mill Farm to take over the eight sailed mill at Wisbech. In 1887, his business at Shouldham_Thorpe became insolvent and a Deed of Assignment was made for the benefit of his creditors. His effects were then sold by auction.

SHOULDHAM MILL FARM, near Fincham
To Millers, Farmers and others
Five young and active cart and harness horses, nag foal, cow in profit, two shorthorn heifers, fowls, 3 strong breasted millers' vans, flour cart, 3 tumbrils, harness, Howards' ploughs, horse-power chaff cutter 4 horse power threshing machine, 8 dozen sawn hurdles and all the Implements and machines, the property of Mr. James Pollard who has taken a business in another county, which EDWARD BANHAM
Is favoured with instructions to Sell by Auction on Saturday, October 7, 1871 commencing at One o'c.
Lynne Advertiser & Norfolk News - 23rd & 30th Septembetr 1871

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a single Man, must be a good STONEMAN.
Apply to Mr. James Pollard, Eight Sail Mill, Wisbech.
Norfolk News - 21st October 1871

Situations Vacant
To Millers
Wanted immediately, an Active MAN with character.
Apply D. Clifton, Shouldham, Norfolk.
Norfolk News - 2nd January 1875

Situations Vacant
TO MILLERS
Wanted immediately, a steady active SINGLE MAN with character.
Apply D. Cliften, Shouldham.
Norfolk News - 29th May 1875

SHOULDHAM WIND-MILL
TO BE SOLD, the Materials as it stands, to be cleared away within two calendar months.
Apply to James Bussens, Stow Hall Estate.
Lynn Advertiser - 11th & 18th April 1896

In 1952 & 1963, G. R. Clifton, Westgate St., Shouldham, wrote to A. A, Oldham to say that the mill brick tower had been struck by lightning and was demolished c.1896.

Ivan R. H. Osler, Mill Farm. (Postal address, Fincham) 13.3.73:-
On east end of granary, in brown bricks in red bricks, date 1782 (13 bricks high) above which 3 initials. Last is D (9 bricks high at least) preceded by F (?) V (?)

G. Rex Clifton, grandson of Daniel has left Shouldham.
Understands that Cliftons said they had no photos of mill, but Mrs. Butler, of Melrose Villa, Shouldham, may know whereabouts of a sketch made by Kate Brakenbury, now dead.

Notes made by Harry Apling - c.1973


White's 1864: Amy Pollard, baker (Shouldham)

Kelly's 1900: George Pollard, farmer & tax collector

c.1927: Mill built to replace earlier postmill

April 1829: Mill advertised to be let

July 1831: Mill advertised for sale by auction - rent to tenants £200 per annum

Cary's map 1832: Windmill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: Robert Scott, corn miller

Walker's map 1845: Windmill

White's 1845: Robert Scott, corn miller

White's 1854: Robert Scott, corn miller

1863: Robert Scott, miller

White's 1864: Edward Robert Scott, baker & miller

1865: Edward Robert Scott, miller

March 1865: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1866: James Pollard, miller - also at Shouldham Thorpe towermill

1867: James Pollard, miller

April 1867: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1868: James Pollard, miller

1871: James Pollard, miller - also at Shouldham Thorpe towermill

September 1871: James Pollard's milling & farming effects sold by auction due to his move to Wisbech

1875: Daniel Clifton, miller

Kelly's 1879: Daniel Clifton, miller

White's 1883: Daniel Clifton, corn miller & farmer

O.S. map 1891: Windmill (Corn)

Kelly's 1892: Daniel Clifton, miller (wind), farmer & tax collector

Kelly's 1896: Daniel Clifton, miller (wind), farmer & tax collector

c.1896: Mill struck by lightning and subsequently demolished

April 1896: Mill advertised for sale to be cleared away within two months

21st March 1897: Daniel Clifton died at the age of 79 and was buried in Shouldham grave yard

2013: Mill granary still in situ



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