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Staithe Road postmill


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Thornham Staithe Road just to the northwest of the village and stood close to another postmill in Staithe Road during the 1800s.


Neil Holmes of Thornham wrote to Harry Apling on 26th September 1981 to say that John Crane, father of John Crane (1792-1865) married Ann Evett, daughter of John Evett (1763-1798) of other Thornham mill.


Neil Holmes of Thornham wrote to Harry Apling on 20th November 1981 to say that he had examined the Rate Books 1842 - 1890.
John Crane had one mill in Staithe Road up to 1863.
In 1863 two mills are recorded in his name in Staithe Road.
Two mills are given until 1886, when in the name of Thomas Crane.
In 1887 only one mill was left.


The 'Valuation of Property for Assessment to the Relief of the Poor of the Parish of Thornham' of 1853 and its associated map shows that, at that time, John Crane was the owner/occupier of property no. 17, a “Corn Mill” on Staithe Road. Meanwhile, Robert Brooke was the occupier (actually owned by one John Haight) of a “Mill & Mill Pightle” on Beacon Hill.
David Brooks - 12th December 2016


White's 1883: Edward Crane, carpenter & wheelwright
White's 1883: Joseph Crane, victualler, King's Head & farmer


Bryant's map 1826: Mill

1836-1865: John Crane b.1792, miller and baker

White's 1836: John Crane, miller & baker

1839: John Crane, miller

White's 1845: John Crane, baker & miller

White's 1854: John Crane, miller

Thornham Rate Book 1863: One mill

White's 1864: John Crane, baker & miller

Kelly's 1879: Thomas Crane, miller

Thornham Rate Book 1863-1886: Two mills

1868: Mrs. Mary Crane, miller

1872: Thomas Crane b.1872

White's 1883: Thomas Crane, corn miller & baker

1886-7: Mill dismantled

Thornham Rate Book 1887: One mill

1896: Thomas Crane died



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