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Heigham post mill set on a 2 storey roundhouse was built in 1731 by the Norwich millwright Francis Gooch.
The mill was located on the south side of Waterworks round shortly before it joined the Dereham Road.
Power was supplied by 2 patent sails on 56 ft. stocks and 2 common sails using nearly 12 yards of cloth per sail set on an iron windshaft with a 10 ft. head wheel to drive 2 pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and jumper.


This is to give Notice, That there is a new-built Wind-mill of 18l per Annum Rent to be Sold, with Appurtances thereunto belonging, all in very good Repair, a great Penniworth, standing and being on Stone-Hills in Heigham, within the Liberty of the City of Norwich, well situated. Inquire of Mr. Francis_Gooch, of Heigham aforesaid, Mill-Wright; Mr. John Lessingham, of Norwich aforesaid, Beer-Brewer; Mr. John Gipps of Norwich aforesaid, Carpenter; and Mr. Thomas Layton, of Norwich aforesaid, Inn-holder
Norwich Gazette - 16th October 1731


The mill was marked on the 1741 map


There was a robbery at the mill on the Thursday 16th July 1795

Early on Thursday morning last, Mr. Murray's Windmill, on Stone Hills, without St. Benedicts gates, was broke into and robbed of flour and meal, to the amount of £5
Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 18th July 1795.

The mill was marked on the 1826 map and Henry Allen was listed as miller in Pigot's Directory of 1830.
He had previously been at the Mill Hill postmill, Heigham.


CAPITAL WIND MILL
Advantageously situated on Stone Hills, in Heigham, and
LEASEHOLD TENEMENTS,
WITH FARMING BUILDINGS AND PAR YARDS,
BETWEEN Magdalen and Saint Augustine's Gates
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By Mr. Sharpe,
At the Bell Inn, Orford Hill, Norwich,
On Saturday, the 30th day of June, 1838,
At Four o'clock in the Afternoon,
IN HEIGHAM,
Lot 1. ALL that capital POST WINDMILL, on Stone Hills, now in the occupation of Mr. Henry Allen, comprising a substantial Brick-built Round-house, with two floors 24 feet in diameter, with two pair of French Stones, flour mill and jumper, new iron wind shaft, two new stocks, 56 feet long by 12-13 inches, two pair of new chains, 20 feet with patent sails, and all useful appendages, in good repair; also the remainder of the term in the Land, on which the mill is erected, subject to the annual Ground-rent expressed in the Lease, which will expire 29th Sept. 1875. The Land contains half an acre or thereabouts, with neat and convenient brick and tile Dwelling-house, Garden, Stable, Gig-house, and Outbuildings, abutting on the road leading from the Turnpike road to Heigham Church. The whole in the occupation of Mr. Allen, under a Lease of which three years will be unexpired at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. Skipper, Solicitor, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 23rd June 1838


In 1841, Henry Allen was given as a miller aged 45-49 living at Mill House, Heigham with wife Elizabeth, 35-39, sons Henry, 15-19, James, 8, and Thomas, 1, and daughters Elizabeth, 15-19, Sophia, 13, Mary, 9, and Sarah, 61. Henry Allen was listed in Blyth's Directory of 1842 at Stone Hills, Dereham Road.
The mill was again advertised for auction in July 1842.


CAPITAL WINDMILL
Advantageously situated on
STONE HILLS, HEIGHAM
In the Immediate vicinity of Norwich,
To be SOLD by AUCTION
By Mr. CULLEY,
At the Bell Inn, Orford Hill, Norwich,
At Four o'clock in the Afternoon
ALL that capital POST WINDMILL, situate on Stone Hills, Heigham, comprising a good substantial brick-built round-house, with two floors, two pair of French stones, flour mill and jumper, iron wind shaft, two stocks, two pair clams, a ten-foot head wheel, nearly 12 yards of sail, two patent sails and all useful appendages. Also the remainder of the Term in the Land on which the Mill is erected, which term will expire 29th September 1875.
The Land contains half an acre or thereabouts, with neat and convenient brick and tile Dwelling house, Garden, Stable, Gighouse, and Outbuildings, Abutting on the road leading from the Turnpike road to Heigham Church.
The Mill and other premises are in the occupation of Mr. Henry Allen, who is under notice to quit at Michaelmas next.
Ground rent to Landlord £8 per annum
For particulars apply to Mr. Skipper, Solicitor, and to the Auctioneer, Norwich

Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd & 30th July & 6th August 1842.


The mill did not find a buyer and was for sale or to let in October 1842


Capital Windmill
SITUATE IN THE
Immediate Vicinity of Norwich,
TO BE LET,
WITH IMMEDIATE POSSESSION,
Or, SOLD by Private Contract,
A Capital POST WIND MILL, situate on STONE HILLS, HEIGHAM, late in the occupation of Mr. Henry Allen, comprising a substantial brick-built Round-house, with two pairs of French Stones, Flour Mill and Jumper, two Patent Sails and all necessary and useful appendages. A neat and convenient Brick and Tile Dwelling-house, Garden, Stable, Gig-house, and Outbuildings, and Land, containing Half an Acre, or thereabouts, is attached to the Mill
Immediate Possession can be given.
For Particulars apply to Mr. Skipper, Solicitor, or Mr. Culley, Auctioneer, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday 1st October 1842


The mill was advertised again three weeks later

To Millers, Corn Merchants, and others,
TO BE LET OR SOLD
WITH IMMEDIATE POSSESSION,
A Capital POST WINDMILL, with Brick-built Round-house, two Floors, two pairs of French Stones, and Appurtances; also the remainder of the term unexpired in the Land on which the Mill stands, containing half an Acre or Thereabouts, and in the convenient brick and tile Dwelling, Stable, Gig house, and Outbuildings. The remainder of the term is 30 years, from Michaelmas next.
Situation One Mile from Norwich, at Heigham.
Application to be made to Messrs. Skipper and Son, Solicitors, or to Mr. Culley, Auctioneer, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd October 1842

Tithe Award 1843 (Heigham)
Map Newton & Woodrow, Norwich 1842
Owner: Thomas Rump; Occupier: Henry Allen
No. 241
243

Mill Field
House, Mill & Garden

Arable
Pasture
4a. 02r. 37p.
. . . 27p.
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5a. .. ..24p.
£1. 10. 4
£0. 01. 2
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£1. 11. 6

To be Sold by Private Contract
A Capital POST WINDMILL, with brick built Roundhouse 2 floors, two pairs of French Stones and appurtances; also the remainder of the term unexpired in the Land on which the Mill stands, containing ½ an acre or thereabouts, and in the convenient brick and tile Dwelling, Stable, Gig house and Outbuildings.
The remainder of the term is 30 years, from Michaelmas next.
Situation One mile from Norwich at Heigham.
Application to be made to Messrs. Skipper and Son, Solrs. or to Mr. Culley, Auctioneer, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette - 18th January & 1st February 1845


Henry Allen was later listed as an oatmeal and groat manufacturer in Magdalen Street and was also given as a seed and flour merchant, later moving to Distillery Street. In 1861 he was given as a miller aged 65 living at 29, Distillery Street, Heigham with his sons Thomas, 21, and Stephen, 19; and daughters Mary Ann, 29 and Sarah A., 26


John Bunn was the miller in 1847, followed by William Russell in 1850. He was born c.1793 in Shropham, Norfolk. In 1851 he was given as a miller aged 58 living at Mill Lane, Heigham with his wife Anna, 34, and daughter Emily A., 7. Also living with him were his father-in-law George Gower, 70, mother-in-law Ann Gower, 75, Sister-in-law Emily Gower, 40, and an apprentice, William Smith, 15


John Bunn was listed in White's Directory of 1854 as a corn miller in Heigham, living in Stone Hills; and in Melville's Directory of 1856 as a miller in Dereham Road. The mill was to be sold and removed in April 1857


The item below was the last mention of the mill. It is likely it was demolished in the summer of 1857

TO BE SOLD AND REMOVED
THE WINDMILL at Stone Hills, Heigham.
Apply to Mr. Hotblack, Orford Hill, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th April 1857

1731: Mill built by millwright Francis Gooch

October 1731: Mill advertised for sale or let

Map 1741: Windmill

1795: Mr. Murray, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Pigot's 1830: Henry Allen, miller

Manning's map 1834: Windmill

1836: Henry Allen, miller

June 1838: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1839: Henry Allen, miller

1840: Henry Allen, miller

Census 1841:

Henry Allen (45-49) miller
Elizabeth Allen (35-39) wife
Henry Allen (15-19)
Elizabeth Allen (15-19)
Sophia Allen (13)
Mary Allen (9)
James Allen (8)
Thomas Allen (1)
Sarah Allen (61)
Mill House, Heigham

Blyth's 1842: Henry Allen, miller

July 1842
: Mill advertised for sale by auction

October 1842
: Mill advertised for sale or let

January 1845: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

1846: John Bunn, miller

1847: John Bunn, miller

1850: William Russell, miller born c.1793, in Shropham

Census 1851: William Russell (58) miller
Anna Russell (34) wife
Emily A. Russell (7)
George Gower (70) father in law
Anne Gower (75) mother in law
Emily Gower (40) sisiter in law
William Smith (15) apprentice

1853: William Russell, miller

1854: William Russell, miller

White's 1854: John Bunn, corn miller in Heigham, living in Stone Hills

Melville's 1856: William Russell, miller, Dereham Road

April 1857: Mill advertised for sale to be removed


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