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Bixley smockmill was marked on the 1797 map. The single storey brick base was 40 feet in diameter and another 4 floors were built above it. The mill had patent sails and a fantail and they drove 2 pairs of French burr stones and 2 flour mills. One pair of stones was 4ft 4 ins in diameter and the other was 4ft.


William Foulger was the miller in 1805, when the mill was for auction.


Capital Wind-mill, Baking Offices, and Lands, near Norwich.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION.
On Monday the 29th day of April next, at the sign of the Lime Kiln, At Trowse Newton, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon, in the following Lots.
Lot 5. A capital Smock Wind-mill, with cottage and Buildings, and 5A. 2R little more or less, of excellent land, in Bixley and Trowse Newton.
Possession of the land may be had at Michaelmas next, and of the other premises immediately.
For further particulars apply to Foster and Co. or Mr. Steward, attornies, in Norwich; or to Mr. Foulger, on the premises, who will shew the same.

Norfolk Chronicle - 13th April 1805

Capital Wind-mill, Baking Offices, and Lands, near Norwich.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION
By Mr. Athow On Monday 29 April next At the sign of the Lime Kiln, At Trowse Newton, at 4 o'c.
Lot 1. All that Dwelling House & old established Baking office in full trade situate near the Bridge at Trowse Millgate, now in the occupation of Mr.Wm. Foulger, Baker & Miller, with a spacious Yard adjoining the river ...
Lot 5. A capital Smock Wind-mill, with Cottage and Buildings, and 5a. 2r. little more or less, of excellent land, in Bixley and Trowse Newton.
Possession of the land may be had at Michaelmas next, and of the other premises immediately.
For further particulars apply to Foster and Co. or Mr. Steward, attornies, in Norwich; or to Mr. Foulger, on the premises, who will shew the same.

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th April 1805

The mill was for sale again in 1806


TO BE SOLD
A Capital WIND-MILL, and nearly six acres of extremely good Land, with a cottage and Well thereon, situate in Bixley, very near Norwich, and within a short distance of the navigable river from Norwich to Yarmouth. 2a. 2r. of the Land is Copyhold, the rest Freehold. The whole outgoing not more that 17s. per ann. Great Part of the purchase money may rest on mortgage. Apply to Mr. Steward, Solr. Norwich, or to Mr. Foulger, Baker, at Trowse.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd February & 1st March 1806

Robert Crane was the next miller and the mill was once more for sale in 1808


To be SOLD with Immediate Possession

All that TOWER MILL, called Bixley Mill, with five floors, winds herself, brick roundhouse under the staging, 40' diameter, two pair of French stones, two flour mills, going geers &c. - a Dwelling-house, with parlour and kitchen, wash house, pantry, &c. and 4 sleeping rooms, a well, with excellent water, barn, and stable, and about 6 acres of land, of the best quality, the greater part freehold; the mill, barn &c. stands on the freehold land. A mile and a quarter distance from Norwich, and half a mile from the navigable river to Yarmouth.
Enquire of Robert Crane, near Brazen Doors, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 5th November 1808

There was a robbery at the mill in 1821


Early on Saturday morning last, some person or persons broke open a stable on the premises of Mr. Crane, of Bixley Mill, and stole two valuable horses, which they got off the premises.
Norfolk Chronicle - 10th November 1821

TO BE SOLD

A New-built HOUSE, consisting of two parlours, large vestibule, good stair-case, kitchen, store-room, cellar, wash-house, five sleeping-rooms, gig-house and stable, new brick and tiled barn, with between eight and nine acres of good land, large garden, well planted with fruit trees and plantation round the house.
Also a small House, with parlour, kitchen, wash-house, pantry, cellar, four sleeping-rooms, small garden, barns, stable, cow-house, and cart-lodge.
A TOWER MILL, with five floors, two pairs of French stones, and two flour mills.
The above Estate is situated in Bixley, one mile and a half from Norwich, upon an eminence, commanding one of the finest prospects, roads good, the greatest part Freehold, the poor's-rate and land-tax very moderate.
Possession of the largest House and Land may be had at Michaelmas, and of the residue at Lady-day next.
For particulars apply to Mr. Brightwell, Solicitor, Surry-street, Norwich, or to Mr. Crane, the Proprietor, at the Estate.

Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd August & 13th September 1823

To be SOLD by Private Contract, with Immediate Possession, an Eligible ESTATE within 2 miles south of the city of Norwich, most delightfully situated on an eminence, which gives a commanding extensive prospect of the surrounding country and of the south-east part of Norwich; consisting of a modern substantial Family house and about seven acres of excellent Land, including a lawn before the house, with shrubberies and a garden well planted behind it. The house consists of a vestibule, two parlours, kitchen, and large store room and washhouse, cellar and five sleeping rooms, besides a gig house, offices barns &c.
Also an excellent Wind-Mill, which has two pair of French stones, flour mills, and commodious room for corn &c with a suitable house, stable, garden and pightle, containing about 1 acre of land, with a Well on the premises.
For particulars apply to B. P. TITTER, Valuator and House Agent, No 8, Trafalgar Place, New Lakenham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th September 1824


Robert Crane was at the mill until 1835. He died in the spring of that year and the mill was put up for auction.


DESIRABLE RESIDENCE
called "BIXLEY LODGE"
WINDMILL,
ARABLE AND PASTURE LAND.
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By WM. SPELMAN
(By Order of the Executors of the late Mr. CRANE.)
On Saturday 30th May 1835,

At Four o'clock in the Afternoon, at the Rampant Horse Inn, in the city of Norwich.
A Desirable and Valuable ESTATE, situated at Bixley, in one of the most picturesque and beautiful situations in the vicinity of Norwich.
Lot 1. A convenient FAMILY RESIDENCE, ~
Lot 2. All that capital Smock Tower Mill, with four floors and spacious Roundhouse, patent sails. (winds herself) Iron Axletree, drives two pair of French Stones (four ft. four in.), on pair do (four feet.) two Flour Mills, going Gears &c. complete, a small Granary, Dwelling house, Barn, Stable, Cart Lodge, Yards, Gardens, and a piece of Arable Land containing with the site of the Mill and Buildings 1A. 0R.13P divided from Lot 1 as described on a Plan of the Estate to be produced at the time of the Sale.
The Dwelling house and part of this Lot are in the occupation of Mr. Clare. - This Lot is part Freehold and part Copyhold.
The Mill stands on the Freehold Land.

 

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Quit Rent
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The purchaser of Lot 1 to have the right to use the Well part of this Lot, on paying a moiety of the expence of keeping the same in repair.
For Further Particulars apply to Mr. Brightwell, Solicitor, Surrey Street, Norwich; or the Auctioneer.

Norfolk Chronicle - 16th, 23rd & 30th May 1835


Charles Clare bought the mill and John Clare was running it in 1836. Charles Clare had previously been at Lakenham_Peafields mill and he ran Bixley smockmill for a further three years until it was demolished in the spring of 1838 to make way for Bixley towermill.


1805: William Foulger, miller

April 1805: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1823: Robert Crane, miller

August 1823: Mill advertised for sale

September 1824: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1835: Robert Crane, miller, died

1836: Charles Clare owner; John Clare, miller


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