Surlingham
towermill



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Surlingham towermill stood to the south of the village. The 4 storey mill used patent sails to power 3 pairs of French burr stones, Auxiliary power was supplied by a small steam engine.


ROBERT CRAKE deceased of Surlingham, Miller.
(Notice to Debtors and Creditors)
JAY & PILGRIM, Solrs. for the Executors.
Norwich, 9 October 1851.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th October 1851

Situations Vacant
WANTED, a Married Man to look after a WINDMILL and make himself generally useful.
Apply Mr. John Diggens, Surlingham Mill.
Norfolk News - 19th April 1862

SURLINGHAM
Messrs. Hunter have received instructions from the Trustee of the Will of the late Robert Crake to Sell by Auction at the Bell Hotel, Norwich on Saturday August 3, 1872 at 3 for 4 o'c.
Lot 3. A substantially erected Brick TOWER WINDMILL with four Floors, Patent Sails, three pairs of French Stones and capital Machinery. Also Mill Yard upon which are erected a MILLER's COTTAGE, FLOUR HOUSE, and GRANARY with piece of Garden Ground adjoining containing altogether 1r. 1p. in the occupation of Mr. John Diggens.
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th July & 3rd August 1872 & Norfolk News - 27th July 1872

SURLINGHAM
Messrs. Hunter have received instructions from the Trustees of the late Robert Crake to Sell by Auction at the Bell Hotel, Norwich on Saturday 28 June 1873 in 3 Lots at 3 for 4 o'c.
Lot 3. A substantially erected Brick TOWER WINDMILL with four Floors, Patent Sails, 3 pairs of French Stones and capital machinery with the Mill Yard upon which are erected a Miller's COTTAGE, Flour House, and Granary, together with a Piece of Garden Ground adjoining in the occupation of Mr. J. Diggins.
The tenants are under notice to quit at Michaelmas next.
Particulars of the Auctioneers, Norwich or of Jay & Pilgrim, Solrs. Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 14th, 21st & 28th June 1873

Michaelmas 1874
SURLINGHAM
George Stockings is instructed by Mr. John Diggens, Miller, to Sell by Auction on Tuesday October 6, his LIVE & DEAD FARMING STOCK and other Effects.
Norfolk News - 12th & 26th September 1874

Sale Tuesday October 6 of Live & Dead Farming Stock and other Effects of John Diggens, Miller.
Norfolk News - 28th September 1874

Situations Vacant
WANTED, a steady MAN to drive a Mill Cart. Good character.
W. Nash, Surlingham or Stand 88, Corn Hall, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 19th June 1875

White's 1836: John Crake, clock maker

Tithe Award 1843: Robert Crake, owner of 5 properties

White's 1845: John Crake, clock maker

Kelly's 1908: Richard William Riches, builder (Postwick)


Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: Robert Crake, corn miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Census 1841: Robert Crake (60) farmer
Ann Crake (55)

Henry Diggens (35) journeyman miller
Benjamin Springall (25) miller's carter (in village)
James Gillingwater (30) journeyman miller

Tithe Award 1843: Arnold Sewell, occupier of 2a. 2r. 38p. with house, mill yard & pasture

White's 1845: Robert Crake, corn miller

1850: Robert Crake, miller

1851: Robert Crake, miller, died

1853: James Foreman, miller

White's 1854: James Foreman, corn miller

1856: James Foreman, miller

1858: William Moore, miller

1862: John Diggens, miller, tenant to trustees of Robert Crake

White's 1864: John Diggons, corn miller

July 1872: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1873: John Diggens, miller, tenant to trustees of Robert Crake

June 1873: Mill advertised for sale by auction

September 1874: John Diggens, miller, offers his live & dead stock and effects for sale by auction

1875: Walter Nash, miller

Kelly's 1879: Walter Nash, miller & corn merchant

White's 1883: Walter Nash, corn miller

White's 1890: Walter Nash, miller

Kelly's 1892: Benjamin Everitt, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1896: Benjamin Everitt, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1900: Benjamin Everitt, miller (wind)

1908: Mill sold for 10/- to Richard William Riches, a builder from Postwick, who pulled it down for the bricks

O.S. map 1914: Windmill


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