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Stratton St Michael postmill, stood just to the north of the later towermill. The mill used 3 pairs of stones and had a roundhouse and a granary.


To be Sold. Two capital Corn Mills, one a Brick Tower Mill, and the other a Post Mill, with Round House, Granaries and other convenient Buildings, in excellent repair, and about two acres of land, late in the occupation of Mr. James Aldred, situate at Long Stratton, Norfolk. Immediate possession.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th January 1834


LONG STRATTON
To be Sold
Two Capital CORN MILLS, one a Brick Tower Mill, and the other a Post Mill, with Round House, Granaries and other convenient Outbuildings, in excellent repair and about two acres of Land, late in the occupation of Mr. James Aldred; also two Cottages with Gardens in the several occupations of Samuel Lent and others.
The above Premises are situate at Long Stratton within ten miles of Norwich. Immediate Possession may be had.
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th & 11th January 1834


Notice is hereby given that James Aldred the Younger, of Stratton St. Michael, in the county of Norfolk, Miller and Farmer, hath conveyed and assigned all his estate for the benefit of his creditors.
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th January 1834


Notice to Debtors and Creditors of
James Aldred the Younger of Stratton St Mary, Miller and Farmer
Deed of Assignment for the benefit of all creditors.
Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham. 21 January 1834
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th January 1834


STRATTON

To be Sold by Auction by Mr. SHARPE at the Swan Inn, Long Stratton on Tuesday 22nd April 1834 at 5 o'clock.
By order of the Trustees for Sale thereof
The following Valuable ESTATES Late the property of Mr. James Aldred the Younger
Lot 1. The LIFE INTEREST of the said James Aldred now in his sixtieth year to
Messuage, Malting Office, Outbuildings, double Cottage and about 120 acres of excellent Land at Stratton St. Mary, Stratton St. Michael and Morningthorpe, late in the occupation of the said James Aldred or his Tenants.
Lot 2. Four Cottages...
Lot 3. A Piece of Freehold Arable Land at Alburgh, 3a. 2r. 18p. now in teh occupation of Mr. James Aldred the Elder.
Possession at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham or the Auctioneer

Norfolk Chronicle - 29th March & 5th April 1834


STRATTON

To be Sold by Auction by Mr. J. B. SHARPE at the Swan Inn, Long Stratton on Tuesday 29th (instead of the 22nd) day of April 1834 at 5 o'clock.
By order of the Trustees for Sale thereof
The following Valuable ESTATE Late the Property of Mr. James Aldred the Younger
Lot 1. All that brick TOWER_WINDMILL, three stories high, with patent sails and a Stable and Granaries. Also a capital Post Windmill with Granary. Also two good Cottages and a Tenement now used as a Dissenting Chapel. Together with a piece of Land containing about two acres situate at Stratton St. Michael and late in the occupation of the said James Aldred.
Immediate Possession may be had.
Lot 2. Life Interest...
Lot 3. Four Cottages...
Lot 4. Piece of Freehold Arable Land at Alburgh, 3a. 2r. 18p. now in the occupation of Mr. James Aldred the Elder.
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solicitors, Wymondham or the Auctioneer

Norfolk Chronicle - 12th April 1834


To be Sold by Auction at the Swan Inn, Long Stratton on 29 April, 1834, by order of the Trustee for Sale thereof, late the property of Mr. James Aldred the Younger.
All that brick Tower Windmill, three stories high, with patent sails, and a stable and granaries. Also a capital Post Windmill with granary. Also two good cottages and a tenement, now used as a Dissenting Chapel, together with a piece of land containing about two acres situate in Stratton St. Michael and late in the occupation of the said James Aldred.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th April 1834

Sale By Order of the Trustees of Mr. James Aldred of Stratton St. Mary
of Farming Stock, Household Furniture etc.
"on the Premises at Long Stratton, Norfolk"

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th April 1834


To be Sold. A new built Brick Tower_Windmill and a good Post Windmill, also two Cottages, a Dissenting Chapel, and about two acres of land, situate in Stratton St. Michael, late in the occupation of Mr. Aldred. Immediate possession may be had.
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 5th & 12th November 1836


STRATTON & NORWICH
To be Sold
A new built Brick TOWER_WINDMILL, three stories high, with Patent Sails and Stable and Granaries, also a capital POST WINDMILL with Granary, also two good cottages, a Dissenting Chapel and 2 acres of Land situate at Stratton St. Michael, late in the occupation of Mr. Aldred.
Immediate possession may be had.
Also eight Dwelling houses in Norwich ...
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 27th May & 3rd June 1837


STRATTON ST. MICHAEL
To be Sold
A new built Brick Tower_WINDMILL, three stories high, with Patent Sails, Stable and Granaries. Also a capital Post_Windmill with Granary. Also two good Cottages and a Tenement now used as a Dissenting Chapel, together with a Piece of Land about 2 acres situate in Stratton St. Michael, late in the occupation of Mr. Aldred.
Immediate possession may be had.
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 16th September 1837


Mr. William Robertson, deceased
All persons having any claim upon Mr. William Robertson, larte of Stratton St. Michael, deceased, are requested to send the particulars therof either to us or to Mrs. Mary Robertson, the Widow, in order that they may be examined and discharged. All persons indebted to the deceased are requested to pay the amount of their respective debts forthwith to Mrs. Robertson, by whom the business will in future be carried on.

MILLER, SON & BUGG,
Solicitors to the Executors.
Norwich, 15 December 1858
Norfolk News - 18th December 1858

LONG STRATTON
Messrs. Butcher are instructed by the Trustees for Sale to Sell by Auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on Saturday 8 July 1865 at 3 for 4 o'c in one lot
An excellent Dwelling House ...
and piece of Pasture Land containing together 1a. 3r. 14p.
Also a capital brick tower WINDMILL with five floors, driving two pairs of Stones and two Flour Mills, Stable, Warehouse, Cart Lodge, Gig, Chaff and Fowl-houses.
Also a POST WINDMILL with spacious Roundhouse, driving 3 pairs of Stones.
The above are in the occupation of the Executors of the late Mr. Wm. Robertson, deceased and possession may be had at Michaelmas next.
Also three Cottages ...
Apply to Messrs. Mitchell & Clarke, Solrs. Wymondham, at the Place of Sale or of the Auctioneers, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 17th & 24th June & 1st July 1865


LONG STRATTON
To Millers
To Let on Lease with immediate possession
Two Capital WINDMILLS, Dwelling House, Stables, three Cottages and 4 acres of Land situate at Long Stratton in the occupation of Mrs. Robertson.
Apply to Mr. Fryer, Bracon Ash or Mr. Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 29th July & Norfolk Chronicle - 5th August 1865


To Millers
To Let with immediate Possession, two capital WINDMILLS with an excellent Dwelling house, Stable, three Cottages and 2 Acres of Land situate at Long Stratton, in the occupation of Mrs. Robertson.
Apply to Mr. Fryer, Bracon Ash or to Mr. Hall, Ipswich Road, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 25th August 1865


To be Let at Michaelmas next
at STRATTON ST. MICHAEL, LONG STRATTON
An excellent Dwelling House with Garden, Pightle and Paddock
BRICK TOWER WIND-MILL and POST WIND-MILL
The house contains ...
The Tower mill has Five Floors , Patent Sails, two Pairs of Stones with two Flour Mills, 5-stall Stable, Warehouse etc. etc. The Post Mill has a spacious Round House - three pairs of Stones.
Particulars of Mr. Fred Fox, Surrey Street, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd September & weekly until 12th November 1870
Norfolk News - 24th September, 1st & 8th October 1870


Alfred Aldridge, deceased,
All persons having any claim or demand upon the Estate or Effects of Alfred Aldridge late of Stratton St.Michael in Norfolk, Miller ... to send particulars to Mrs. Hannah Aldridge, ... widow ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th June 1881


William Robertson of Stratton St Michael postmill, was the eldest son of William Robertson and Elizabeth Scarffe of Hethersett.
William jnr's brother George took over the running of Hethersett Gt Melton Road postmill in 1829.
Robert Robertson took over at Market Hill mill in Yarmouth before moving to Sprowston.
Abraham Robertson took over the lease of Deopham smockmill on 18th September 1826.
Elizabeth Robertson married John Hastings who was running Starston postmill in 1854.
Susan Robertson married George Willis, a miller & baker from Mendelsham, Suffolk .
John, Simon, David and Samuel Robertson do not appear to have become millers.

John Robertson's son George Wilby Robertson worked in one of the Upper Hellesdon and one of the Gayton windmills. Robert's Robertson's oldest daughter, Elizabeth, married a Harrison of Sprowston postmill.
Elizabeth's sons worked Oulton Broad, Gisleham, Wangford and Sprowston mills. Her oldest son Robert William helped at Sprowston_postmill after his father was crushed to death and he later bought a mill at Oulton Broad. Her next son, George, continued the family line at Sprowston and her youngest son, William Alfred, was an apprentice at a Wymondham mill and a journeyman at Great Bentley, Essex and he later owned St Margaret's Church Mill in Lowestoft.
Abraham's son Wiliam Proctor Robertson worked a mill in Eaton.


Bryant's map 1826: Mill

1834: James Aldred, miller

1834: James Aldred jnr, miller made Deed of Assignment for benefit of his creditors

March 1834: Towermill and postmill advertised for sale by auction at the Swan Inn, Long Stratton

White's 1836: James Baxter, corn miller


November 1836: New built towermill and postmill advertised for sale by auction

May & September 1837: New built towermill and postmill advertised for sale

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Tithe Award 1839: William Robertson, owner and occupier

Census 1841:

John Peck (40) miller (employee)
Elizabeth Peck (35)
Harriett Peck (13)
Frederick Peck (12)


Census 1851:

James Goodswen (58) b.Hardwick, master miller employing 2 men
Mary Goodswen (54) b.Hardwick
Julia Goodswen (14) b.Hardwick
John Leeder (33) b.Shelton, journeyman miller
William Leeder (17) b.Shelton, journeyman carter
Address: Street

1852: James Goodswen, owner and occupier

Kelly's 1854: William Robertson, miller

1858: William Robertson died

1858: Mary Robertson (widow) took over the running of the business

June 1865: Towermill and postmill advertised for sale by auction (owned by Mary Robertson)

July 1865: Towermill and postmill advertised to be let (owned by Mary Robertson)

September 1870: Towermill and postmill advertised to be let

c.1875: Postmill ceased working and subsequently dismantled


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