Sprowston
Sprowston Road
postmill


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The land this post mill was built on was advertised in 1825

To Builders, Brickmakers and Millers.
To be SOLD by Private Contract,

Either together or in Lots, for the convenience of Purchaser, a Piece of FREEHOLD LAND, at Sprowston, containing 13 Acres and upwards, about half a mile from Magdalen Gates, abutting one end upon the brick ground late of Messrs. Stannard and Harris. The land is full of earth of the finest quality, and the upper part affords a desirable situation for a wind-mill.
The only outgoing is a land-tax of 12s. a year.

For particulars apply to Mr. John Sidney, of Sprowston, the tenant, or to Mr. Brightwell, solicitor, Surry-street, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th May 1825


The mill was marked on the 1834 and 1838 maps. A Mr. Hall was the miller in 1842 when the mill was blown down on the 4th February of that year.


The deepest snow we have had here this winter was on Friday night last, and the following morning, brought by a strong northerly gale – but so much rain has since fallen, particularly on Tuesday last, (from morning till night,) that there is scarcely a vestige of snow remaining; and of course the waters again cover our marshes and low grounds. By a sudden gust of wind last Saturday noon, a flour mill on Moswold-heath was blown down, and three others damaged in their tops and sails, in the neighbourhood. – The mill blown down was in the occupation of Mr. Hall. – The other sufferers by this gale were Mr. Leeds and Mr. Tubbs, to a considerable amount.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th February 1842


O. S. Map 1883
O. S. Map 1883
Sprowston Rd. postmill, bottom centre right
Sprowston postmill top right
Courtesy of NLS map images

1825: Land for building a windmill advertised for sale

Map 1834: Windmill

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

1842: ? Hall, miller

4th February 1842; Mill blown down

O.S. map 1883: Windmill



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