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Wendling towermill stood at Mill Farm and was built to replace an earlier postmill. A bake office was also run on the site.


The late Mr. John Masons's Freehold, Copyhold and Leasehold Estates at WENDLING and SCARNING with frontages to the Railway near the Station at Wendling which
Messrs. Butcher are instructed to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Inn, East Dereham on Friday June 30, 1871
Freehold and Copyhold
Farm, House etc. ... occupied by Alfred Henry Fogg
Also a House, Bake office, WINDMILL & PREMISES etc. occupied by Charles Horsley
Particulars of Messrs. Glasier & Mason, Solrs. Kings Lynn, of Mr. John Colman, the Executor, at the place of sale, and of the Auctioneers, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th May 1871


WENDLING & SCARNING Three miles from East Dereham
Messrs. Butcher have received instructions to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Inn, East Dereham on Friday June 30, 1871 at 3 o'c
Lot 2.
A well situated Dwelling House, Bake office and TOWER WINDMILL in Wendling with the Sails, Going Gear etc. and the warehouses, Counting Room, Stables and other Buildings and a Pightle of Land abutting on the Turnpike Road, containing 1a. 2r. 8p. in the occupation of Charles Horsley.
Apply (as above) and also Messrs. Carthew & Girling, Solrs. East Dereham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd, 17th, & 24th June 1871


WENDLING & SCARNING
Three Miles from East Dereham
Messrs. Butcher have received instructions to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Inn, East Dereham on Friday June 30, 1871 at 3 for 4 o'c in the Afternoon ... the undermentioned Valuable ESTATES with possession at Michaelmas next, situate at Wendling and Scarning in Norfolk, late the property of Mr. John Mason, deceased.
Lot 3.
A well situated DWELLING HOUSE, Bake Office and TOWER WINDMILL in Wendling with the Sails, Going Gear etc. and the Warehouses, Counting room, Stables and other Buildings and a Pightle of LAND abutting on the Turnpike, containing 1a. 2r. 8p. in the occupation of Charles Horsley...
Particulars of Messrs. Glasier & Mason, Solicitors, Kings Lynn, of Mr. John Colman, the Executor, at the place of sale and of the Auctioneers, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 17th, & 24th June 1871


WENDLING
Messrs. Butcher have now for SALE in the above Parish with possession at Michaelmas next
A Farm House ... A. H. Fogg
Also a House, WINDMILL, Cottage and 13½ acres of LAND occupied by Mr. Charles Horsley and others.
Theatre Street, Norwich. 4 August 1871
Norfolk Chronicle - 5th August 1871


WENDLING
To be sold with possession at Michaelmas next a comfortable HOUSE, Windmill, Warehouses, Stables and other Buildings and Pightle of Land containing 1a. 2r. 8p. in the occupation of Charles Horsley.
Apply to Messrs. Butcher, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th August 1871


WENDLING
Messrs. Butcher have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr. John Mason to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Inn, East Dereham on Friday September 22, 1871 at 3 for 4 o'c
Lot 2.
A Freehold Dwelling House, Windmill, Warehouse, Stables and other Buildings and Pightle of Land containing 1a. 2r. 8p. abutting on the Turnpike Road in Wendling occupied by Mr. Charles Horsley.
Particulars of Messrs. Carthew & Girling, Solrs. East Dereham, etc.
Norfolk Chronicle, Norfolk News & Lynn Advertiser - 9th, & 16th September 1871


In the late 1800s, Charles Horsley ran Hempton towermill along with Fakenham and Sculthorpe watermills. Charles Horsley also had a granary at Wendling on the site of the towermill that had ceased working and been demolished a few years before..


Horsley & Son, Millers and Merchants;
Granaries, Fakenham and Wendling

The business controlled by Messrs. Horsley & Son, millers and merchants, is one of the most extensive and influential of its character in the county of Norfolk. It was founded many years ago, and has grown and prospered at a steady and substantial pace right from the start, a result which furnishes abundant testimony to the enterprise and ability displayed in its management. The mills are situated on the river side, a few minutes' walk from the Eastern and Midlands Station and Great Eastern Station, and are of a very extensive character. They are equipped in part with the best improved roller plant, the firm still retaining the advantages of the old-fashioned stones. The general arrangement of the mills is especially admirable and convenient, Messrs. Horsley having spared no expense to turn out the very best productions. They employ a large number of hands, and experience no difficulty in meeting all demands in the promptest style.
The firm is also well known as general corn merchants, for the convenience of which business they utilise spacious granaries near the Great Eastern Station, besudes others at Wendling Station near Dereham. In leading commercial circles of the county Messrs. Horsley's name is held in high repute, and it can be safely predicted that so long as their business is conducted on the same able and enterprising lines as hitherto it will continue to prove prosperous and progressive.

NIAS Norfolk Directory - 1890

Mr. Edward Brian Clifton-Sprigg and wife Rosemary have purchased Mill Farm property north of the old A47 and are restoring the house and buildings to modern standards.
In the bakehouse a Peak runner stone had been let into the floor as a hearth-stone below the oven. On removal this was found to be lenticular in shape, 45 ins. in diameter, about 6 ins. in depth at the eye tapering to 2 ins. at the skirt. Furrows were cut for anticlockwise rotation, which could be accounted for by a head and tail arrangement of stones in the old post_mill. On its curved upper surface were carved the initials R. W.
There is a local story (from Mr. Bennett) that the post_mill originally stood on the south side of the road, but maps from Faden's of 1797 to the O.S. One Inch 1st Edition of 1838 all show it north of the road.
Site visit by Harry Apling - 18th June 1984


Sale by GEO. S. ANDREWS at King's Arms, Dereham, 12 August of Horsley's Granary etc. near Wendling Station.
Dereham & Fakenham Times - 30th July 1910


c.1853: Mill built to replace a postmill on the same site

1853: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

White's 1854: Charles Horsley, corn merchant & miller. Also Sculthorpe watermill

1858: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

1863: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

White's 1864: Charles Horsley, miller & merchant; h Sculthorpe. Also Sculthorpe watermill

1865: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

1868: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

May 1871: Mill advertised for sale by auction

August 1871: Mill advertised for sale

1872: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

1875: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

1878: Charles Horsley, miller & corn merchant

Kelly's 1879: Charles Horsley & Son, millers & corn & seed merchants; & at Sculthorpe & Fakenham

White's 1883: Charles Horsley & Sons,millers & c. & Fakenham

c.1885: Mill demolished

July 1910: Mill granary advertised for sale

1984: Edward Brian & Rosemary Clifton-Sprigg


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