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This smock mill was used at various times as a Corn mill, Drainage Mill and Saw mill. It was built in 1828 and marked on the 1834 map with the legend “Marsh Mill.” It was also marked on the 1838 map, when it was for sale and removal.
The mill stood just to the north of Hellesdon Hospital - then marked as Norwich Lunatic Asylum.


The four storey mill was built onto a six foot brick base and used patent sails to power two pairs of French burr stones and a flour mill. One pair of stones was 4 ft. in diameter and the other pair 4 ft. 2 ins.
The mill was also set up to run as a sawmill.


To Millers and others,
Mr. SPELMAN
is instructed by the Executors of Mr. HOWARD, deceased, late of Hellesdon, near Norwich,
To SELL, by Private Contract,

A capital SMOCK TOWER WINDMILL, (Winding Herself) standing on brick work six feet high, with four floors, patent sails, driving two pair of French Stones, (four feet two and four feet) with Flour Mill, &c. complete, and also the machinery FOR SAWING, the Mill has been erected within the last ten years.
The Purchaser will be required to take down and remove the Mill from its present site.

For price and further particulars apply at Mr. Spelman’s Office, Duke’s Palace, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th July 1838


David Howard’s executors finally had the mill auctioned on the 27th September 1838.
Apparently there was no buyer, as the mill survived until the 19th June 1842.


To be Sold by Auction in the month of September, 1838,
on the premises of the late Mr. D. Howard, at Hellesdon, near Norwich.

The capital Smock Tower Mill, with two pairs of French stones and Sawing Apparatus, now standing in the Hellesdon Farm, and to be removed by the purchaser.
Norfolk Chronicle - 1st September 1838


HELLESDON
To be Sold by Auction by Wm. Spelman in the early part of the month of October 1838 . . .
The SMOCK TOWER MILL winds herself, drives
two pairs of French Stones, with sawing apparatus and gears attached and will be sold subject to being removed immediately by the purchaser.
Catalogues at Mr. Spelman's Office, Dukes Palace, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 8th & 15th September 1838


HELLESDON
To be Sold by Auction by Wm. Spelman on Thursday and Friday 27 and 28 September 1838
Farming Stock etc. . . . .
and capital Smock TOWER MILL on the premises late in the occupation of Mr. David Howard at Hellesdon near Norwich.
The SMOCK TOWER MILL winds herself, drives
two pairs of French Stones, with sawing apparatus and gears attached and will be sold subject to being removed by the purchaser.
Order of Sale, First Day, Farming Stock and the Mill . . . at 11 o'c
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd September 1838

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The Marsh mill on the opposite side of the river (to Heigham) was overturned, the damage said to be not less than £40. sustained by Mr. Gowing, of Hellesdon.
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th June 1842


Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

c.1838: D. Howard, owner, died

O.S. map 1838: Windmill


July 1838: Mill advertised to be sold and removed

September 1838: Mill advertised to be sold by auction and removed

June 1742: Mill overturned, presumably in a gale

Mill eventually removed and re-erected at Drayton


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Nat Grid Ref TG19191168
 
1828 to 1842
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