Welney
Mill Farm
smockmill


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c.1920
c.1920


Welney Mill Farm smockmill stood to the north of the village on the west side of the March Road at Mill Farm.
The four storey six sided mill was built over a brick base with sloping sides. The ogee cap with its ball finial was vertically boarded to form a petticoat and held an eight bladed fan. The four double shuttered sails turned clockwise
, one pair had 7 bays of 3 shutters and the other pair had 6 bays of 3 shutters and 1 bay of 2 shutters and they powered 2 pairs of stones.

In the 1800s Welney was in Cambridgeshire.

WELNEY, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire
To be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Elworthy & Lincoln
at the "Lamb & Flag" Inn in Welney on Thursday 16 June 1870 at 5 for 6 o'c in the Evening, the following very
VALUABLE FREEHOLD ESTATES
Situated in Welney aforesaid (lately belonging to Mr. W. M. Scott deceased)
Lot 1.
A MESSUAGE or FARM HOUSE with the Barn and outbuildings belonging and also a good WIND CORN MILL near, adjoining the Two Closes of Pasture land and 3 pieces of Arable Land, all lying together and abutting upon the land of Robert Beart north, upon the road leading from Welney to March east and upon lands of the said R. Beart and of Mr. Wm. Golding west, now in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Dalton and containing in the whole 40a. 0r. 25p.
N.B. The Wind Corn Mill drives two pairs of stones and was lately extensively repaired by the former owner.
Possession will be given at Michaelmas 1870.
Particulars on application to the Auctioneers at Upwell and Wisbech, to Mr. Samuel Dalton, the tenant, who will shew the lots, or at the office of
F. M. & F. Metcalfe, Solrs. Wisbech
Wisbech, 30 May, 1870
Lynn Advertiser - 4th & 11th June 1870

WELNEY, Cambridgeshire
To be Sold by Private Contract
The following very valuable FREEHOLD ESTATES
Situated in Welney, Cambridgeshire, viz:-
All that MESSUAGE or FARM HOUSE with the Barn and Outbuildings thereto belonging and also a good WIND CORN MILL near adjoining with two Closes of PASTURE LAND and three pieces of ARABLE LAND containing altogether 40a. 0r. 25p. all lying compactly together and now in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Dalton; Also a piece of ARABLE LAND situated in Welney aforesaid containing 10a. 3r. 3p., also in the occupation of the said Samuel Dalton.
The above Estate is close to the village of Welney and adjoins the highway Road leading from Welney to March.
The Wind Corn Mill drives two pairs of Stones, has lately been extensively repaired and has a good business connection.
Possession will be given at Michaelmas 1870.
Apply to Mr. Wm. Elworthy, Auctioneer, Upwell near Wisbech or to
F. M. & F. Metcalfe,
Solrs. Wisbech.
Wisbech, 26 July 1870
Lynn Advertiser - 30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August 1870

Kelly's 1929: Carter & Lowden, farmers


Kelly's directories from 1912 to 1925 show James Lowden to be a watermiller - I believe this to be a misprint. JJN

Mill moved around 2 miles from Welney House Farm to Mill Farm

1870: Samuel Dalton, tenant miller

June 1870: Mill advertised for sale by auction due to the death of owner, W. M. Scott

August 1870: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

White's 1883: James Farrow, corn miller (Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire)

O.S. map 1889: Windmill

White's 1890: Jacob Prethero, corn miller & farmer (Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire)

1892: John Lowden, miller

Kelly's 1896: John Lowden, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1900: James Lowden, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1904: James Lowden, miller (wind) & farmer

Kelly's 1908: James Lowden, miller (wind) & farmer

Kelly's 1912: James Lowden, miller (water) & farmer

Kelly's 1916: James Lowden, miller (water) & farmer

Kelly's 1922: James Lowden, miller (water)

Kelly's 1925: James Lowden, miller (water)

1926: Mill derelict

Karl Wood painting 1933: Mill tower with cap frame still in situ

March 1942: Mill dismantled


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