Binham post mill was being used during the 1700s but appears to have disappeared some time around the turn of that century. A 1738 engraving in Binham church by S. & N. Buck shows a postmill to the north of Binham Priory.

Assignment of interest in lease Richard Walker to John Whesley 26th August 1756.
Lease 17 Jan 1753 Edward Paston of Oxnead Esq to Richard Walker & others the site of the manor of Binham with appertenunces including preacourses (?) & mills & the rectory of Binham.
£160 yearly

Nathaniel Bacon papers
Possibly relates to Binham postmill

To be SOLD
A Very good Manor & an Estate situate in BINHAM in the county of Norfolk, consisting of a very good Farm House ...
about 1040 acres of Land ...
& also a Windmill & 2 aces of Land which is let to a good Tenant at £5 a Year upon Lease.
For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Nathaniel Cowper at Walsingham in the said County.

Norwich Mercury - 4th July, 11th July & weekly until 8th August 1752

John Winn
Will dated 11th May 1783
Proved at Norwich 26th May 1792
Executor: Son, Israel
All to son, Israel, "Provided always that he takes care to keep Sarah, my beloved Wife in the Dwelling where he dwells ..."

Lease for 21 years. 20 December 1770
Ann Bridges of Hedley, Surrey, widow
Richard Jackson, Weasenham All Saits, Esquire
Elizabeth Jackson of Hedley, spinster
John Winn of Binham, Miller
Windmill called Binham Windmill, messuage & land in Binham
Rent £21

Norfolk Record Office

In October 1795, one Martha Davey of Gt Ryburgh assigned her mortgage to Israel Winn, miller of Binham and in part to John Brereton of Brinton.

Faden's map 1797
Faden's map 1797

District News    -    Briningham
KILLED BY LIGHTNING.  During the height of a thunderstorm on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Frederick Alexander Buttram, Miller of Binham, late of Thornage, having sought shelter under a tree in Church lane, was struck by lightning, and death appears to have been instantaneous.  The body was removed to the White Horse inn to await the inquest.  Mr. Buttream, who was widely known in this neighbourhood, leaves a widow and four young children.
Lynn Advertiser - 13th June 1896

Personal Announcements
Death.  6th June - Binham, Frederick Alexander Buttram, aged 49.
Lynn Advertiser - 13th June 1896

December 1770: Mill leased to John Winn for £21 per annum

Index of Wills 1792: John Winn

1795: Israel Winn, miller

Faden's map 1797: Binham W. Mill

Census 1841:

Felix Frankling (30) miller
Ann Frankling (23)
Felix  Frankling (3)
Sarah Crisp (30)
Robert Frankling (29) journeyman miller
Augustine Green (17)  miller's apprentice 
Mary Wright (17) servant.

December 1870: Mill advertised for sale by auction

March 1871: Mill advertised for sale by auction

13th June 1896: Frederick Buttram, miller killed by lightning in Briningham at the age of 49

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