Thorpe Hamlet
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This mill was knowen as Gallant's Mill and seems to have been built in 1834. The Mill house still stands in 2004 and the deeds to the property date from that time.


BRICK TOWER WINDMILL,

MOUSEHOLD, Norwich,

To be SOLD by AUCTION,

By MR. SPELMAN.

At the Maid’s Head Inn, St. Simon’s, Norwich,

On Monday, the 15 th day of September, 1834,

At Five o'clock in the Afternoon,

ALL that New and Substantially Erected TOWER WINDMILL, containing four floors, with Patent Sails, and Winding Tackle, driving one Pair of French Stones, pair of Oatmeal stones, Flour Mill, &c. &c. situate near Kett’s Castle, on Mousehold Heath, Norwich, in the occupation of William King.

For further Particulars and Conditions of Sale, apply to Mr. J. W. Dowson, Solicitor, Bank‑street, or to the Auctioneer, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 6th September 1834


Gallant’s mill was for auction in 1836


TO MILLERS AND OTHERS

To be SOLD by AUCTION.

By Mr. CULLEY,

On Thursday, the 14 th April, 1836,

At the Ranelagh Gardens Inn, Norwich,

At four o'clock in the Afternoon,

All that capital TOWER WINDMILL, with four floors and Patent Sails, winding herself, with an excellent pair of French Burr stones, new Flour Machine and Jumper, and a pair of small Peak Stones and requisite apparatus for Manufacturing Oatmeal, a capital shaft with head and spur wheels and all the Going Gears complete. The Tower is good sound 18 inch and 14 inch brick work, the beams and floors are substantial and durable, and the Mill is altogether well timbered.

The Mill is situated remarkable well in the wind, upon elevated ground at the back of the Gas Works Bishop Bridge, and the Mill Yard is enclosed by a boarded fence.

For further particulars and Conditions of Sale apply (if by letter post-paid) to Mr. James Winter, Solicitor, St. Giles’ Broad-street, or the Auctioneer, St. Andrew’s Hill, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd April 1836


In 1841, William King was given as a miller aged 60-64 living in Plumstead Road, Thorpe Saint Andrew’s with his wife Elizabeth aged 55-59.
A Mr. Colman was the next miller. The mill was again for sale by auction in April 1837.


To Millers, Bakers & Others,

To be SOLD by AUCTION,

By Mr. JOHN CULLEY,

On Wednesday, the 12 th of April, 1837,

At the Wounded Hart Inn, St. Peter’s, Norwich,

At Four o'clock in the Afternoon,

(Without Reserve)

All that Capital TOWER WINDMILL, with Four Floors and Patent Sails, winding herself, with an excellent pair of French Burr Stones, new Flour Machine and Jumper, and a pair of small Peak Stones and requisite Apparatus for Manufacturing Oatmeal, a capital shaft with head and spur wheels and all the Going Gears complete. The Tower is good sound 18 inch & 14 inch brick work, the Beams and Floors are substantial and durable, & the Mill is altogether well timbered.

The Mill is situated remarkable well in the Wind, upon elevated ground at the back of the Gas Works Bishop Bridge, and the Mill Yard is enclosed by a boarded fence, now in the occupation of Mr. Colman, who will shew the premises.

Immediate possession may be had.

Two thirds of the purchase money may remain on security of the premises, if required, at a moderate rate of Interest.

For further Particulars and Conditions of Sale apply (if by letter post-paid) to Mr. James Winter, Solicitor, St. Giles’ Broad-street, or to the Auctioneer, St. Andrew’s Hill, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle -1st April 1837


The mill was to be sold or let in May 1837.


To Millers and Bakers,

TO BE SOLD OR LET,

With Immediate Possession,

THAT capital TOWER WINDMILL, situated near the Norwich Gas Works, Bishop Bridge, now in a complete state of repair, with patent sails, driving two pair of French Burr Stones, new flour mill and jumper, with all her going gears complete, mill utensils, &c.

For Rent and further Particulars apply to L. De Caux, at the Ranelagh Gardens, St. Stephens Gates, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 27th May 1837


Gallant’s Mill was again for sale in December 1838.


TO MILLERS, BAKERS, AND OTHERS,

TO BE SOLD OR LET

THAT substantial well-built Brick Tower WIND MILL, driving two pair of French Stones, with Patent Sails, and all her Going Gears complete, situated near the Norwich Gas Works.

For further particulars apply to Mr. De Caux, at the Ranelagh Gardens, or to Mr. Fulcher, Mill-wright, near the mill, who will shew the Premises.
Norfolk Chronicle - 8th December 1838


The above may indicate that the mill was built be either Stephen or William Fulcher, who were both listed in Whites’ Directory of 1845 as Millwrights at Mousehold. Mary Ann De Caux was listed as a miller from 1847 to 1853. George Gallant was listed as a saw miller in 1856. Clement Rolling Gallant followed him by 1863, in which year he was bankrupt.


THE BANKRUPTCY ACT, 1861.

ORDERS OF DISCHARGE

In the County Court of Norfolk, holden at Norwich,

In the matter of CLEMENT ROLLING GALLANT, of the Hamlet of Thorpe, in the County of the City of Norwich, Timber Merchant and Sawyer, a Bankrupt. – Whereas at a Public Sitting of the Court held this day, the Court granted an Order of Discharge to the said Bankrupt. Notice is hereby given, that an Order of Discharge will be drawn up and delivered to the said Bankrupt after the expiration of thirty days from this date, unless, in the meantime, an appeal is duly entered against the judgement of the said Court.

Dated this 27 th day of February 1863.

THOS. H. PALMER,

Registrar,

Norfolk Chronicle - 7th March 1863


Clement Rolling Gallant was born c.1829 in St. Martin at Oak, Norwich. He was the son of Clement Gallant, a gardener, and Maria Gallant. He was listed in White’s Directory of 1868 as a saw miller at Gashouse Hill and in Harrod’s Directory as a saw & planing miller at Mousehold. He was still at the mill in 1869, when the mill was put up for auction after the death of its owner.


NORWICH.

PLUMSTEAD ROAD, MOUSEHOLD, LAKENHAM, BER STREET, AND

ST. AUGUSTINE’S

MR MURRELL has received instructions to offer for SALE by AUCTION, at the Maid’s Head Hotel, Norwich, on Tuesday, August the 10 th, 1869, at Six for Seven o'clock in the Evening, the following valuable PROPERTIES: -

The Ten following Lots are offered for Sale by order of the Executor of the late ROGER KERRISON, Esq. deceased.

Lot 6. – A Brick-tower SAW WINDMILL, with Patent Sails and Self-acting Gear, containing Four Floors, with two pairs of Stones, and which can be re-constructed at a moderate outlay into a Flour Mill, in the occupation of Mr. C. R. Gallant.

Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be had of Messrs. Kerrison and Preston. Solicitors; or of the Auctioneer, Bank Street, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 7th August 1869


Two of Clement Rolling Gallant’s children died within eleven days of each other over Christmas and the New Year of 1870-1.


DIED.

GALLANT. – On the 23rd ult., Alfred Joshua, youngest son of Clement and Amelia Gallant, of Thorpe Hamlet, aged 9 years and 3 months; also, on the 3rd. inst., Maria Amelia, second daughter of the above, aged 18.
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th January 1871


In 1871 Clement Rolling Gallant was given as a sawyer aged 42 living in Mousehold, Thorpe with his wife Amelia, 46, sons Clement Philip, 13, and George Frederick, 11, and daughters Elizabeth Impson Gallant, 6, and Lydia Langley Gallant, 3. Also living with him was his brother Alfred Arthur, 25.


Gallant’s mill was again for auction in June 1872


Harvey’s and Hudson’s Bankruptcy,

NORWICH.

MESSRS. SPELMAN have received instructions to SELL by AUCTION, on Friday, June 21st, 1872, at Two for Three o'clock, at the Royal Hotel, Norwich, the following ESTATES.

Lot 41. – A Brick TOWER WINDMILL, occupied by C. R. Gallant.

Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be had of Mr. E. C. Bailey, Trustee, Messrs. Kerrison and Preston, Solicitors, Norwich, of Messrs. Spelman, Norwich and Yarmouth; and of

I. B. COAKS

Vendor’s Solicitor,

Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 8th June 1872


Clement Rolling Gallant was a passenger in one of the trains that collided head on at Thorpe, Norwich, on the 10th September 1874. He was conveyed home, having been much cut about the face, legs etc. Clement Gallant was listed in Hamilton’s Directory of 1879 at the saw mills, Mousehold. His mother died in June 1879.


DIED.

GALLANT. – On the 1st inst., at her son’s residence, Mousehold, aged 75, Maria Gallant, widow of the late Clement J. Gallant, many years gardener at Heydon-hall, in this county.

Norfolk Chronicle - 7th June 1879


In 1881, Clement Rolling Gallant was given as a timber merchant aged 52 living in Gas Hill, Thorpe next Norwich with his wife Amelia, 57, son Clement P., 23 and daughters Elizabeth J., 16 and Lydia L., 13. He was listed in Eyre’s Directory of 1883 as a timber merchant at Scoles Green & Mill Road. In December, he was advertising for timber.


TO ESTATE AGENTS AND OTHERS. – WANTED to Purchase, for Cash, any quantity of BEECH, SYCAMORE, and HORSE-CHESTNUT TREES. – Apply C. R. Gallant and Sons, Mousehold Saw Mill, or Scoles Green Hoop Works, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 15th December 1883


One of Clement Rolling Gallant’s sons was married in May 1884


MARRIED.

GALLANT – MOORE. – On the 7th inst., at St. Andrew’s Church, Thorpe, in this city, by the Rev. J. Pattison, Clement Philip, eldest son of C. R. Gallant, timber merchant, Mousehold, in this city, to Kezia, second daughter of Mr. Robert Moore, Plumstead-road, Thorpe.
Norfolk Chronicle - 17th May 1884


The mill was marked on the 1884 map. Clement Rowland Gallant was listed in White’s Directory of 1886 as an English timber merchant, hoop rim manufacturer and brush board cutter at Mill Road, Mousehold and Scoles Green.



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