Tittleshall
postmill


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Preparing for demolition in 1912
Preparing for demolition in 1912

Tittleshall post windmill stood on the southwest side of the village. The mill stood on a roundhouse and used one pair of common sails and one pair of double shuttered patent sails that turned clockwise. The buck was turned to wind by a tailpole. A bake office was also run from the mill site.


LITCHAM, Norfolk
Charles Palmer's Debtors and Creditors
Whereas Charles Palmer of Litcham, Farrier hath conveyed and assigned all his real and personal Estate & Effects to Bodham Butler of Tittleshall, Miller and John Blenkinsop of Litcham, Grocer in trust for the equal benefit of all his Creditors ...
Notice ... Deed of Assignment ...
Tittleshall 5 August 1821.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th August 1821


Bodham Butler, Esq., deceased.
Any persons having any claims or demands upon the Estate or Effects of BODHAM BUTLER late of Tittleshall in Norfolk, Esquire, deceased are hereby required to deliver their respective accounts to me, the undersigned, in order that the same may be examined and if found correct discharged; and all persons indebted to the said Bodham Butler at the time of his decease are requested immediately to pay the amount of their respective accounts to me.

Thomas Palmer, Solr. One of the Executors.
Litcham, 6 May 1851
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette - 10th May 1851

TITTLESHALL
Sale of Live & Dead Stock of Bodham Butler, decd. Saturday October 4, 1851.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette - 10th May 1851


BODHAM BUTLER OF TITTLESHALL

Windmill (occupied by John Sexton), Mill House, Bakehouse and Bodham's own residence to sister MARIA MOULTON, thence to Maria Hopson, daughter of MARIA MOULTON, THEN TO ALFRED HOPSON, third son of MARIA HOPSON. If he died without issue property to pass to STEPHEN HOPSON, second son of MARIA HOPSON.
GEORGE BUTLER HOPSON to inherit house which once belonged to Bodham's late brother GEORGE BUTLER.
Other bequests to 1st Cousin WILLIAM WISKER, tailor of LANGHAM, to ANN, only daughter of MARTIN BUTLER, shoemaker of ETLING GREEN, DEREHAM, to BODHAM BUTLER WISKER and to THOMAS WRIGHT.
Extract from Will of Bodham Butler

TO BE LET (with possession at Michaelmas next)
A POST-WINDMILL with Round House etc., with all requisite machinery complete; together with House, Garden and Paddock, situate in the parish of Tittleshall near Litcham.
Application to be made to Mr. Hopson, East Dereham or on the place.
Norfolk News - 8th June 1861


To be Let
With Immediate Possession
A POST WINDMILL with Round House etc., with all requisite machinery complete; together with House, Garden and Paddock, situate in the parish of Tittleshall near Litcham.
Application to be made to Mr. Hopson, East Dereham or on the place.
Norfolk News - 19th July 1862


To be Let with Immediate Possession
TITTLESHALL MILL
With good House, Bake Office and about 3 Acres of Pasture Land.
For particulars apply by letter to Mr. G. B. Butler, Brisley, Litcham.
Norfolk News - 6th & 20th April 1872


Houses etc.
TO BE LET. TITTLESHALL WINDMILL with convenient House. Bake Office attached and about three Acres of Pasture Land.
For particulars apply to Mr. G. B. Butler, Brisley, Litcham.
Norfolk News - 5th October 1872


The 1912 photograph at the top of the page shows the mill with workmen on the ladder, having attached ropes leading away from the mill buck in preparation for pulling it down the following day.


O.S. 1952 map - redrawn by Harry Apling
O.S. 1952 map - redrawn by Harry Apling

This house, now Woodford Lodge, was once the miller's house. It was "modernised" in a Georgian style by George Butler in 1771 but the mill was not erected until 1782.
Letter from Dr. D. Baldwin of Tittleshall to Philip Unwin - 31st December 1972


1782: Mill built by George Butler

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Poll Book 1802: George Butler, miller

1812: George Butler died

1821: Bodham Butler, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: Bodham Butler, corn miller - Tittleshall cum Godwick

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

White's 1845: John Seaton, miller & baker - Tittleshall cum Godwick

1846: John Sexton, miller

May 1851: Live & dead stock of Bodham Butler, deceased, advertised for sale by auction

1853: John Thomas Cooper, miller & baker

White's 1854: John Thomas Cooper, baker & miller - Tittleshall cum Godwick

1858: John Thomas Cooper, miller & baker

June 1861: Mill advertised to be let

July 1862: Mill advertised to be let

1863: Job Miles, miller & baker

White's 1864: Job Miles, baker & miller - Tittleshall cum Godwick

1865: Job Miles, miller & baker

1868: Job Miles, miller & baker

April 1872: Mill advertised to be let

October 1872: Mill advertised to be let

Kelly's 1879: John Tilney, miller - Tittleshall cum Godwick

1888: John Garrad Hazell, miller

O.S. map 1889: Windmill

White's 1890: John Garrad Hazell, miller - Tittleshall cum Godwick

Census 1891: John Nelson (50) b.Necton, miller  
Maria Nelson (48) b.Whissonsett, miller's wife
Charles William Nelson (20) b.Whissonsett, miller
Anna Gertrude Nelson (15) b.Whissonsett, miller's daughter  
Harriet Louisa Nelson (13) b.Whissonsett, scholar             
Susanna Elizabeth Nelson (11) b.Whissonsett, scholar  
Francis John Nelson (9) b.Whissonsett, scholar    
Kezia Adelaide Nelson (5) b.Whissonsett, scholar          
Alice May Nelson (2) b.Whissonsett
Address: Tittleshall Mill House

Kelly's 1892: John Garrad Hazell, miller (wind) - Tittleshall cum Godwick

Kelly's 1896: John Garrad Hazell, miller (wind) - Tittleshall cum Godwick

Kelly's 1900: John Garrad Hazell, miller (wind) - Tittleshall cum Godwick

Kelly's 1904: John Garrad Hazell, miller (wind) - Tittleshall cum Godwick

O.S. map 1904: Windmill

c.1906: Mill ceased working

1912: Mill dismantled

1970: Miss Dora Johnson, mill site owner

1970: Dr. D. V. Baldwin, Woodford Lodge (Mill house)

1972: Dr. D. V. Baldwin, Woodford Lodge (Mill house)

c.1980: Two 32 inch piers piers and a small portion of roundhouse wall remaining


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