Lakenham -
Buck's postmill


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Buck's postmill was first mentioned in an advert in 1771.


To be SOLD or LETT at Michaelmas next.

A substantial well-built WINDMILL; with One Pair of exceeding good French Stones, at Lakenham, near Norwich.
Further particulars may be had by applying to Mr. Sayer at Trowse_Mill, or to Mr. Thomas Rayner at Norton near Loddon.

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th July 1771

Norwich, Dec. 26,1783.

To be SOLD or LETT, and entered upon immediately, an old accustomed and well known BAKING OFFICE, situate near Coslany Bridge, many years in the occupation of Mr. William Lindoe, deceased, and now occupied by Mary Brown, widow.
Also to be SOLD, an exceeding good Windmill, situate within half a Mile of this City, well fitted up with every necessary implement and Convenience for making Flour.
for Particulars apply to John Wright, Appraiser, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th December 1783

The mill was marked on Faden's 1797 map and it was known as Lakenham Mill in 1812. John Buck jnr. was the miller in 1816 having previously been at the St. Stephen's Gate postmill.


There was a robbery at the mill on the 12th December 1812.


Thursday se'nnight Mr. Buck's mill, without Ber-street gates, was entered by means of picklock keys, and four sacks of flour stolen away.
Norfolk Chronicle - 21st December 1816


The mill was marked on the 1826 and 1830 map. John Buck was listed in Pigot's directory of 1830 and the mill was marked on the 1834 map.


Windmill and Pasture Land
AT LAKENHAM,
and DWELLING-HOUSE & SHOP,
In St. Stephen's Street, in the City of Norwich,
To be SOLD by AUCTION,
By Mr. CULLEY
On Thursday, the 23rd day of April, 1835,
At the Bell Inn, Orford Hill, Norwich,
Precisely at Four o'clock in the Afternoon
By Direction of the Assignees of Messrs. FRANCIS, TURNER, and WEST.

Lot 1. ALL that capital POST WINDMILL, situate at LAKENHAM, known by the name of "Buck's Mill," driving two pairs of French Stones, flour mill, cylinder, and jumper, with all her going gears, a brick round-house, boarded stable and cart lodges, all standing upon ground held (with 2A. 2R. 0P. part garden, and the residue excellent pasture land) under a lease granted by Mr. Southwell, and all the Right and Interest of the Lessee or of his Assigns thereunder.
For Particulars and conditions of sale apply to Mr. Matthew Rackham, or Mr. Brightwell, Solicitors, or to the Auctioneer.

Norfolk Chronicle - 11th April 1835

Messrs. Davy and Woolnough were the millers in 1836. The Woolnough of the partnership possibly being William Woolnough, who was to run the second Mousehold Black postmill. The mill was marked on the 1838 map. William Bain and then Matthew Bean were the millers in 1839.


Matthew Bean was born c.1801 in Honingham and in 1841 he was given as a miller aged 40-45 living in Bridge Street, St. Michael Coslany with his wife Eliza, 35-40, sons Henry (7) and Matthew (5) and daughters Charlotte (10) and Sarah (4).
In 1861 Matthew Bean was given as a journeyman miller aged 60 lodging at Filby's Yard, St. Gregory's.


James Buckingham followed them and in 1841 he was given as a miller aged 20-24 living in Mill Street, Lakenham. He was listed in Blyth's Directory of 1842 as being at "Buck's Mill". Adverts appearing in the Norfolk Chronicle on various occasions mentioned residential properties for sale in Lakenham near
Mr. Buck's mill.


John Buck had already died, when his daughter also died on the 26th January 1846.


DIED.

Tuesday last, aged 39, Elizabeth Harrison, wife of Mr. John Spurgeon, printer, of Islington, London, late of this city, and daughter of the late Norwich. John Buck, miller, of Lakenham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 31st January 1846

TO MILLERS
To be SOLD by Private Contract,
To be removed off the Premises.

ALL that substantial and well built POST WIND-MILL, situate in the hamlet of Lakenham, Norwich, called or known by the name of "Buck's Mill," consisting of four floors and a round-house, with the going gears, and all appurtances thereto belonging, late in the occupation of - Buckenham.
Further particulars may be obtained by applying to Mr. Robert Wortley, Solicitor, Tombland, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 15th April 1848

The Mr. Buckenham mentioned above was probably Daniel Buckenham, who was living in Southwell Street in 1847. The mill was not sold and William Smith was the miller in 1850, having previously been at
Mousehold Black postmill. John Tuttle was the next known miller; He was born c.1817 in Barford and had previously been running a windmill at Field Dalling, Norfolk. He had died by the summer of 1864, when the mill was again for auction
to be removed. William Smith was to run Eglington's mill some time later.


DST. PETER MANCROPFT, ST. JOHN MADDERMARKET, & LAKENHAM, Norwich.
TO BREWERS, MILLERS, AND OTHERS
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
BY Mr. WILLIAM WILDE,
At the Castle Hotel, Norwich,
On Monday, the 4th day of July, 1864,
At Five for Six o'clock in the Evening,
In Four Lots.

by order of the Executrix of Mr. JOHN TUTTLE, dec.
Lot 3. - All that Piece of GARDEN GROUND, well situated for building, containing 19 Rods, more or less, with the Cottage, large Workshops, and other Buildings thereon, abutting on Back Cherry-street, at Lakenham, late in the occupation of the said John Tuttle.
Land-tax 1s.
All the above Lots are Freehold.
Lot 4. - All that WINDMILL and ROUND-HOUSE, called "Buck's Mill," situate at Lakenham, aforesaid, driving two pairs of stones, with the Machinery and Going Gears complete, late in the occupation of the said John Tuttle.
This Mill is erected on Land belonging to E. W. Trafford, Esq., and will have to be removed previous to Michaelmas next, unless the purchaser makes an arrangement with him.
For Particulars and Conditions of Sale apply to Mr. Abel Tillett, Solicitor, St. Andrew's-street; or the Auctioneer, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th June 1864

The following advert may relate to the mill


TO MILLERS
TO BE SOLD, AND REMOVED,
A SUBSTANTIALLY BUILT
POST WINDMILL

TO BE SOLD, AND REMOVED,
A SUBSTANTIALLY BUILT
POST WINDMILL
WITH two springs and two common sails, two pairs of French stones, all her implements, and an excellent Round-house.
Apply to Mr. Wm. Hoar, No.3, Calvert Street, St. George's Colegate, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 26th November 1864

The above advert seems to have been the last mention of the mill, which was probably dismantled that winter. The site now lies between Hatton Road and Hughenden Road and is 125ft. above sea level.



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