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These two tower saw mills were both mentioned in an advert in 1850.


The Saw Mills, Sprowston
Mr. BUTCHER,
Is Instructed,
To SELL by AUCTION,
At the Royal Hotel, Norwich,
On Thursday, the 29 th day of August, 1850,
At Four o'clock in the Afternoon.

TWO FREEHOLD BRICK TOWER SAW MILLS, with Patent Sails, Circular Saws, and Going Gears Complete.
Also a Cottage, with a Plantation, and large Garden, within about a Mile of Magdalen Gates, and is in the occupation of Mr. Robert Calver.
Particulars and Condition of Sale may be had of Messrs. Field and Bignold, Solicitors; of Mr. Butcher, Auctioneer, Norwich; or of Mr. Robert Calver, who will shew the property.
The Purchaser may have immediate occupation.

Norfolk Chronicle - 17th August 1850

Robert Calver had some time previously been at Catton towermill. In 1851 he was given as a Mill sawyer employing 2 men, living at Rosary House, Thorpe Road with his wife Anne (55). Some timber was stolen from him in 1851.


Stealing Timber. – On Saturday last, Wm. Hart, sawyer, of this city, was fully committed take his trial at the next quarter sessions of the county, for stealing a quantity of ash timber from the park at Melton Constable, the property of Mr. R. Calver, timber merchant, which Hart and others was employed to cut and take care of.
Norfolk Chronicle - 12th April 1851


Edward Austin had taken the mill by 1856. He was born c.1815 in Norwich. One of his employees stole a saw from him in November 1862.


NORWICH POLICE INTELLIGENCE

SHIREHALL – SATURDAY, NOV. 22

Before the Rev. W. A. W. KEPPEL, Major MARSHAM, and Dr. LAWRENCE.

David Reubens, sawyer, of St. James’, was brought up for stealing a saw, the property of Edward Austin, of Sprowston, who employed the prisoner in his mill. – Prosecutor said the saw was safe about a month ago, but on inquiring of the prisoner he found that he had pawned it. Prosecutor did not lend him the saw, which was worth about 4s. – Mr. Morgan, pawnbroker, Magdalen-street, with whom it was pledged, said the saw, with a plane, was pledged for 1s. 6d., in the name of Reubens. – Prisoner, in defence, said he did not intend to steal it. He borrowed the saw to do some work at home, but as prosecutor owed him some money he pawned it. – The bench committed him to prison for a fortnight, with hard labour.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th November 1862


Austin’s mill was for sale by auction in December 1864.


SPROWSTON

The “Royal Oak,” with Two Acres of Land, a Saw Mill, House, and brick yard MESSRS SPLEMAN have received instructions to SELL by AUCTION, on Thursday, the 8th day of December, 1864, at Six for Seven o'clock in the Evening, at the Norfolk Hotel, the following Freehold PROPERTY: -

Lots 2 and 3 will comprise the SAW MILL, occupied by Mr. Austen, comprising the Mill, with Brick Tower and Four Patent Sails, a DWELLING-HOUSE, GARDEN, and BRICK GROUND, containing altogether about Two Acres.

Particulars and conditions of Sale may be had of Messrs. Rackham and Cooke, Solicitors, Norwich; or of the Auctioneers, Norwich and Yarmouth.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th October 1864


William Rump took the mills, having some time previously been at Mousehold Black mill on Mousehold. He had at least two sons, both of whom appeared in Court in December 1866.


NORWICH POLICE INTELLIGENCE.

GUILDHALL. – FRIDAY, DEC. 28.

Before the MAYOR (F. E. Watson, Esq.), W. J. UTTEN BROWNE, H. WOODCOCK, and J. G. JOHNSON, Esqs.

John Rump, of Sprowston, was charged with stealing some sacks, the property of his father. The boy was stopped by a police officer, who had suspicion that the sacks he and another boy were carrying had been stolen. The account given not being satisfactory, the prisoner was taken into custody, but the other boy got off. As the father of the prisoner did not appear, the case was ordered to stand over till Friday.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th December 1866


NORWICH POLICE INTELLIGENCE.

GUILDHALL. – FRIDAY, DEC. 28.

Before J. G.JOHNSON, R. W. BLAKE, R. CHAMBERLIN, W. J. UTTEN BROWNE, H. WOODCOCK, T. BRIGHTWELL, J. BETTS, and E. K. HARVEY, Esqs.

A lad named Rump, charged on remand with stealing several sacks, the property of his father, was discharged with a caution, as the prosecutor was unwilling to proceed.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

Before the MAYOR, J. SULTZER, R. CHAMBERLIN, T. BRIGHTWELL, J. G. JOHNSON, and E. K. HARVEY, Esqs.

William Rump, a young man about twenty, described as a miller of Sprowston, was charged with obtaining by false pretences two bushels of beans, and a sack, the property of Alfred C. Culley, of Duke’s Palace. – It appeared from the evidence that on the 15 th ult. the prisoner went to the shop of the prosecutor and obtained the property mentioned by stating that it was for his father, a customer of Mr. Culley’s, who, he said, would pay for it the same afternoon. As payment was not offered, enquiries were set on foot, and it was found that Mr. Rump had not given the prisoner any authority to get the beans. – The prisoner, who bore an exceedingly bad character, was committed for trial.
Norfolk Chronicle - 5th January 1867


An attempt was made in 1868 to declare William Rump bankrupt.


NORFOLK COUNTY COURT.

NORWICH – FRIDAY, JAN. 31,

(Before T. J.BIRCH, Esq., Judge)

BANKRUPTCY.

William Rump, miller and corn merchant, Sprowston, having debts to the extent of £119.19s. 6d. The figures on the other side are £278.13s. making a difference in the bankrupt’s favour of £158.13s. 6d. – Mr. Stanley, solicitor.
Norfolk Chronicle - 8th February 1868


Robert Mears took the mill by 1872. He was born c.1818 at Trowse Millgate and in 1861 was given as a miller aged 43 living in Philadelphia, St. Clement’s with his wife Sarah E. (45). In 1871 he was given as a retired miller aged 53 living in Philadelphia Lane, St. Clement’s with his wife Sarah E. (55). In 1881 he was given as living at Mill Lane, Sprowston with his wife Mary (50). Henry Benjamin Brock was the next miller. He was born in Hellesdon on the 13th December 1860. His parents were Stephen and Sophia Brock (née Starling). He was the miller in 1882. The mill was marked on the 1884 map. Henry Benjamin Brock was married to Sarah Christiana Howard at St. Mary’s Baptist Chapel, Norwich on 25th March 1883. The mill may have been powered by steam only during this time. In 1908 he was at Keswick_watermill and he retired in 1920, later moving to Cringleford. He died on the 6th April 1936 and was buried at Cringleford.


The mill may have been demolished in 1906, which is the last known date that Henry Benjamin Brock was miller at Sprowston.


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