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Stiffkey was originally pronounced Stewkey and still is by some locals. Stiffkey towermill was built in 1836 for Felix Frankling according to a datestone set over one of the two doors in the base of the tower: F.&S. F. 1836. The new 5 storey red brick mill at Muckledyke was built on the site of an earlier mill that was almost certainly a postmill. The mill had a boat shaped cap, patent sails and a fantail, that between them drove 2 pairs of 4 foot stones.


Baking Office to be Let and Entered upon at Michaelmas next

An old established Baking Office at STIFFKEY, 4 miles from each of the Ports of Wells and Blakeney.
A Hill where a windmill has stood many years about 100 yards from the Office may be had if required.

Enquire of Mr. John Allen, Stiffkey.
Norfolk Chronicle - 6th August 1836


Tithe map 1838
Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1841
Map, 1838 W. G. Bircham, Surveyor, Fakenham
Owner: Felix Frankling
Occupier: Himself

No. 16

Mill & Yard
part

0a. 1r. 32p.
1a. 2r. 33p.


6s. 3d.


Mr. Felix Frankling deceased.
All persons having any claims or demands upon the Estate and Effects of Felix Frankling, late of Stiffkey, County of Norfolk, Miller and Baker, deceased, are requested to send the particulars thereof to me in order the same may be examined and discharged and all persons who stood indebted to the said Felix Franking at the time of his death are requested to pay the amount of their respective debts to me forthwith.

Robert J. Loynes
Wells 15 July 1857
Norfolk News - 25th July 1857

Valuable Freehold Estates.
To be sold by Public Auction by Mr. HOUGHTON at the Townshend Arms Inn, Stiffkey on Wednesday 25 November at 3 o'clock.
By order of the Trustees for Sale under the Will of the late Mr. Felix Frankling, deceased.
Lot 1.
All that brick built TOWER WINDMILL with patent sails driving two pairs of stones and Flour Mill with tackle and machinery complete.
Also Cottages...
Coal-House and Land...
Lot 2.
All that WATER CORN-MILL with two pairs of stones, flour mill, tackle and machinery complete.
Also Dwelling House, Chapel etc.
The above described property is in excellent repair.
Apply to Mr. Loynes, Solicitor or the Auctioneer, both of Wells.

Norfolk Chronicle - 28th October & Norfolk News - 31st October, 7th, 14th & 21st November 1857


STIFFKEY, Norfolk
Messrs. Spelman have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr. Felix Frankling to Sell by Auction on Friday September 18, 1863 at 5 for 6 o'c in the Evening at the Feathers Inn, Holt, in three lots, the following FREEHOLD PROPERTY consisting of the Old Established Water and Wind CORNMILLS, Bake office and DWELLING HOUSE, Garden and Premises in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Frankling. Also several COTTAGES and Gardens all situate at Stiffkey, Norfolk.
Particulars in future papers and may be had of Mr. Loynes, Solicitor, Wells and of the Auctioneers at Norwich and Yarmouth.

Norfolk News - 29th August 1863


Water and Wind Corn Mills, Bake office, Dwelling house, Garden and Premises, Cottages and Garden. (To be sold by Spelmans)
On Friday September 18, 1863 at 5 for 6 o'c at the Feathers Inn, Holt. Pursuant to the instructions of the Executors of the late Felix Frankling
Lot 1. The old established WIND & WATER CORN MILLS with Bake office and Dwelling house attached, Stables, Cart Lodge and Premises situate at Stiffkey, Norfolk in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Frankling.
Particulars of Mr. Loynes, Solr. Wells, Norfolk or of the Auctioneers, Norwich and Yarmouth.

Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 5th & 12th September 1863


After Felix Frankling died in 1857 both mills were worked by Samuel Frankling as tenant to Felix Frankling's trustees, who charged Samuel a rent of £80 per annum. Samuel Frankling became insolvent and eventually made a Deed of Assignment to his creditors and paid a first dividend in March 1865.

Both the watermill and the windmill were advertised for sale on several occasions and in June 1865, were eventually offered for sale
without reserve. However, as they still remained unsold, Charles Daniel Frankling
decided to become an annual tenant. He continued ran the business from 1872 until 1881, during which time the watermill ceased operation.


To Millers and others
Freehold Well Established Premises
STIFFKEY, Norfolk
For Sale by Private Contract (with Possession) the excellent WATER_CORN_MILL and Brick Tower WINDMILL, Bake office, Dwelling house, Stabling, Lodges and convenient Outbuildings at Stiffkey, Norfolk.
These Premises are Freehold, situate in a fine Corn District and within four miles from the Port of Wells and the Railway Station.
A Prosperous Business has been carried on there for upwards of fifty years and the Business is capable of great extension by the addition of Steam Power.
To view the Premises apply to the tenant, Mr. Samuel Frankling.
For further particulars and to treat for the purchase, apply to Mr. Knights, Earl Derby, Forest Gate, Stratford, or to Messrs. Furley, Callaway & Furley, Solicitors, Canterbury.
Norfolk News - 21st & 28th January & 2nd February 1865


The Bankruptcy Act 1861
In the Matter of SAMUEL FRANKLING of Stiffkey in the county of Norfolk, Miller, Baker and Farmer
The Trustee under a Deed of Assignment executing the Trusts hereby gives Notice that it is his intention, after the 21st day of March next to declare a first dividend on all debts due from the said Samuel Frankling of which he shall have received notice ...
Dated this 28th day of February 1865

Loynes & Son, Wells, Norwich
Solicitors for the said Trustee
Norfolk News - 4th March 1865

Absolute Sale.
Old-established Water and Wind Corn Mills and other premises STIFFKEY near Wells
Messrs. Spelman have received instructions to Sell by Auction without reserve on Tuesday June 20 at 3 for 4 o'c at the Crown Inn, Wells the following Property
The old-established WATER & WIND CORN MILLS situate at Stiffkey, Norfolk in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Frankling at the annual rent of £80.
The Water Mill has three storeys and two pair of Stones.
The Wind Mill is substantially built, winds herself, has four Patent Sails and drives two pairs of Stones.
There are an excellent Dwelling House, Cottage, Baking Office with Flour Chamber over, Stables, Waggon Lodge, a Building now used as a Chapel, numerous requisite Premises and a small Pightle of Land next the Mill.
The above very desirable Property presents an excellent opportunity for a Miller or Merchant requiring business premises. The Mills are situate in a fine corn district and within 4 miles from the Port of Wells and Railway Station. The Tower Mill stands well for wind; an excellent trade has been carried on for the past 50 years and upwards upon this Property and it is capable of having the trade extended by applying steam power.
The Estate is Freehold and Possession will be given, if required, on completion of the purchase.
Apply to Messrs. Furley, Callaway & Furley, Solrs. Canterbury, and of the Auctioneers, Norwich and Yarmouth.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 3rd, 10th & 17th June 1865


STIFFKEY
Mills to be Sold or Let
The old-established Water and Wind Corn Mills at Stiffkey, Norfolk, now or late in the occupation of Mr. Frankling.
Apply Messrs. Spelman, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle 11th November & Norfolk News - 11th & 18th November 1865


STIFFKEY, Norfolk
BRICK TOWER WINDMILL and Bake Office with Old Established Business Messrs. Spelman have received instructions to Sell by Auction, without reserve, on Thursday February 22, 1877 at 4 for 5 o'c at the Crown Hotel, Fakenham, Norfolk.
The old Established WINDMILL and BAKE OFFICE at Stiffkey in the occupation of Mr. C. Frankling, a yearly tenant, consisting of the excellent brick Tower Windmill with all machinery and going Gears, Bake Office, two Dwelling Houses and Chapel, Warehouse and Premises in excellent repair.
This property is situate in a good Corn District within 4 miles of the Port and Railway Station of Wells and presents an excellent opportunity to a Merchant or Miller.
Particulars of Walter Farley, Esq., Solr. Canterbury, and of Messrs. Spelman, Norwich and Yarmouth.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd, 10th & 17th February & Lynn Advertiser - 3rd February 1877


The warehouse mentioned in the above sale notice was almost certainly the building that used to contain the watermill.


STIFFKEY near Wells, Norfolk
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. ROBERT SPICER
At the Lion Hotel, Fakenham, on Thursday 9 June, 1881 at 3 for 4 o'clock in the afternoon, a very desirable FREEHOLD ESTATE. In the occupation of Mr. Charles Franklyn
Comprising well erected Windmill, Bake Office with Flour Chamber over, Stable and Harness House with Loft over Waggon Lodge, Wood house and Yard, Piggeries and other premises.
DWELLING HOUSE…
COTTAGE…
WAREHOUSE of three storeys formerly used as a Water_Mill. Adjoining the bake house and fronting the street is a Building now used as a Chapel, but capable of being converted into a cottage. At a short distance from the home premises is the substantially built brick TOWER WIND MILL (five storeys) driving two pairs of 4 ft. stones, flour mill, patent sails, winds herself, with all her machinery and going gears. A small PIGHTLE OF LAND next the mill and a Stone and tiled SHED. The above valuable Freehold Property presents an excellent opportunity for a miller or merchant requiring business premises. The Tower Mill which is situate in a fine corn district and within 4 miles of the port and railway station of Wells, stands well for wind. An excellent trade has been carried on for the past 60 years and upwards upon this property and it is capable of having the trade extended by applying steam power.
Possession can be had on the 6th July next.
Apply to the Auctioneer, Wells or to
Edward B. Loynes, Solicitor,
Wells, Norfolk.

Lynn Advertiser - 28th May 1881


STIFFKEY
Preliminary Notice
Mr. William Baker
Has received instructions to Sell by Public Auction at the Townshend Arms in Stiffkey on Wednesday 5 April next at 2 for 3 o'c in the afternoon, that valuable
BRICK TOWER WINDMILL
Bake Office, Dwelling House, Cottage, Chapel, small Pightle of Land and Premises now in the occupation of James Whall, Alfred Ringwood and Thomas Sutton.
Lynn Advertiser - 25th March 1893


Altered tithe apportionment map 1914
Altered tithe apportionment map 1914 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

19th May 1981
19th May 1981

O. S. Map 1885
O. S. Map 1885
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

White's 1864: James Frankling, baker & confectioner

Kelly's 1879: James Frankling, Red Lion, & baker

White's 1883: James Frankling, baker & victualler, Red Lion

White's 1890: James Frankling, baker & victualler, Red Lion

Kelly's 1892: James Frankling, Red Lion P. H. & baker

Kelly's 1896: James Frankling, Red Lion P. H. & baker

Kelly's 1900: James Frankling, Red Lion P. H. & baker
Kelly's 1900: James Robert Wall, Victoria P. H.


1836: Mill built for Felix Frankling & at watermill

White's 1836: Felix & James Frankling, millers

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Tithe Award 1841: Felix Frankling, owner and occupier

Census 1841:

John Frankling (50) miller & baker
Sarah Frankling (50)
James Frankling (25) miller
Samuel Frankling (20) miller .
Sarah Frankling (15)
Hipley ? Frankling (15)
Elizabeth Frankling (5)
Rebecca Frankling (5)
William. Daplyn (20) miller.
Sarah Bailey ? female servant

White's 1845: Felix and James Frankling, millers & at watermill

Census 1851:

Felix Frankling (63) b.Thornage, miller & baker
Sarah Frankling (62) b.Binham
Elizabeth Frankling (19) b.Stiffkey
Rebecca Frankling (17) b.Stiffkey
Mary Lee (23) b.Stiffkey, servant
Felix Frankling (16) b. Stiffkey, baker (grandson)
Susan Picksen (60) b.Binham, visitor
Samuel Frankling (30) b.Stiffkey, miller
Elizabeth Frankling (30) b.Stiffkey
Phoebe Frankling (8) b.Stiffkey, scholar
Lucy Frankling (6) b.Stiffkey, scholar
Amy Frankling (3) b.Stiffkey
Samuel Frankling (10mnths) b.Stiffkey
Maria Green (17) b.Stiffkey, servant
Address: Wells Road


1853: Felix & James Frankling, millers

White's 1854: Felix Frankling, corn miller & at watermill
White's 1854: Samuel Frankling, corn miller

c.July 1857: Felix Frankling died leaving the windmill and watermill to be sold by his trustees

Norwich Index of Wills 1857: FRANKLING, Felix, of Stiffkey, Norfolk, Miller & and Baker

1857: Mill worked by Samuel Frankling as tenant to Felix Frankling's trustees

1863: Samuel Frankling, miller

August 1863: Mill & watermill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1864: Samuel Frankling, miller & baker

January 1865: Mill & watermill advertised for sale by private contract

March 1865: First Dividend declared on estate of Samuel Frankling, miller, baker & farmer, bankrupt

June 1865: Mill & watermill advertised for sale by auction

1865: Samuel Frankling paid a first dividend to his creditors

November 1865: Mill & watermill advertised for sale or let

1868: Samuel Frankling, miller

1872: Charles Daniel Frankling, miller & baker

Kelly's 1879: Charles Frankling, miller & baker

1881: Charles Daniel Frankling, miller & baker

1883: John Wall

O.S. map 1886: Windmill

1877: Charles Frankling, yearly tenant miller

February 1877: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1881: Charles Frankling, miller

1883: John Wall, miller

1888: James Robert Wall, miller


White's 1890: James Robert Wall, miller

Kelly's 1892: James Robert Wall, miller (wind) & Victoria P. H.

March 1893: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Kelly's 1896: James Robert Wall, miller (wind) & Victoria P. H.

28th November 1897: Mill never to worked again after the Great Rage when Salthouse_towermill was flooded

December 1897: Mill sails removed after gale

Tithe map 1914: Mill disused

Karl Wood painting 1934: 2 storey roofless tower base remaining

O.S. map 1846: Windmill

1976: Mrs. Snell, Mill House

19th May 1981: 1½ storey roofless tower base remaining


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