Banham towermill stood to the southeast of Banham on the Winfarthing Road. The mill had 4 patent sails that drove two pairs of French burr stones and a flour mill. A bake office was operated on the site.

To be Sold & entered upon at Michaelmas next, a very good MESSUAGE, Baking Office & Windmill in good Repair & in full Trade in Banham & Winfarthing, now in the Occupation of Mr. John Tebble at an old Rent of £22 yearly.
Enquire of Mr. William Clarke at Horne, Suffolk, or of Mr. Henry Jacob at North Elmham in Norfolk or of Mr. John Crisp, Attorney at Law at East Dereham in Norfolk.
Norfolk Chronicle - 14th September 1782

Tithe Award 1846
Map, C. S. Alger, Surveyor, Diss. 1846
Owner: George Wells
Occupier: do

No. 268 Mill Cottage & Yard 0a. 1r. 2p. 1s. 4d.

Advertisement re
George Wells, Banham, Farmer & Miller, deceased
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th August 1868

On Friday next at Banham
Highly valuable Property
Salter & Simpson are favoured with instructions from the Mortgagees of Mr. Thomas Wells to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Hotel, Diss On Friday next August 26, 1881 at 4 for 5 o’c in two Lots.
Lot 1. A highly valuable small FARM with comfortable DWELLING HOUSE, DOUBLE COTTAGE and 57a. 2r. 29p. of rich Arable & Old Pasture LAND, situate on the road from Banham to Diss, in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Wells. Possession may be had at Michaelmas next.
Lot 2. A substantially built TOWER WINDMILL fitted up with four patent Sails, driving two Pairs of French Burr Stones, with Flour Mill & all requisite Gearing, and in good repair, Granary. Also a Brick and Tiled COTTAGE with Garden adjoining and 4a. 3r. 37p. of highly productive Arable LAND situate adjoining the aforesaid road, in the occupation of Mr. E. Jolley.
Particulars of Mr. L. Lane, Solr. Kenninghall or of the Auctioneers, Attleborough.

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th August 1881

On Friday next BANHAM Highly valuable Property
Salter & Simpson are favoured with instructions from the Mortgagees of Mr. Thomas Wells to Sell by Auction at the Kings Head Hotel, Diss on 26 August 1881 at 4 for 5 o’c in two Lots
Lot 1. Farm in occupation of Thomas Wells …
Lot 2. A substantial built Tower Windmill fitted up with four patent sails, driving two pairs of French Burr Stones, with Flour Mill & all requisite gearing in good repair, Granary, also brick & tiled Cottage with Garden adjoining plus 4a.3r.37p. of highly productive Arable Land situate adjoining the aforesaid (Banham to Diss) road, in the occupation of Mr. E. Jolley.
Particulars of Mr. L. Lane, Solr. Kenninghall or of the Auctioneers, Attleborough.

Norfolk Chronicle - 19th August 1881

Property sale at Banham
Lot 1. Mr. William Buckenham £1600
Lot 2. Mill property withdrawn at £275

Diss Express - 2nd September 1881

Banham, Norfolk. Equidistant from Attleborough & Diss
James Mobbs is favoured with instructions to Sell by Auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on Saturday 13 May 1882 at 12 for 1 o’c at noon, the following highly valuable PROPERTY in two Lots.
Lot 1. A desirable FARM … 57a.2r.9p.
Lot 2. A substantially built Four-sail WINDMILL with Miller’s Cottage, Granary & 4a.3r.39p. of fine Arable LAND adjoining.
Possession of both Lots at Michaelmas next.
The Property comprised in Lot 1 will be Sold subject to a certain annuity of £36 per annum payable to a Miss Wells during her lifetime & after her death to the payment of £1000.
Particulars of Lancelot Lane, Esq. Solr. Kenninghall & of Messrs. Bavin & Daynes, Solrs. Exchange Street, Norwich, Vendor’s Solrs. & at the Auctioneer’s Offices, Orford Hill, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd & 29th April & 6th May 1882
Short advertisement of above Sale - Norfolk Chronicle - 13th May 1882

To be Let as from Michaelmas next at a Rent to meet the times
A Messuage, Mill & Farm situate as above containing about 62 acres & late in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Wells. The Farm is known to comprise some of the best land in Banham.

Apply to Mr. Lane, Solr. Kenninghall.
Diss Express - 1st & 8th September 1882

Mill “only about 10 ft. high”. Presumably stump of tower.
Thomas Wells, cousin to Alexander Wells, Banham Rd. Kenninghall, went to America over 90 years ago.

Mrs. H. B. Bailey, New Costessey - letter to Philip Unwin - 9th July 1973

Imagine my excitement when I found your article on the return to Windmills. There was my family listed. My father was Robert Wells son of Alexander Wells. He was born in Kenninghall after Arthur Wells listed in your article. My family tree goes back to Henry Wells who died at Grove Farm in Banham around 1800. My son, his family and I come every couple of years to Norfolk and I always find something new and wonderful for my geneology. Norfolk has become a part of our soul, My son walks the land where they lived. For many years I paid dues to the friends of the windmills organization.
 I do have an old picture of the mill in Kenninghall on Banham road. Henry Wells Sr. was the man who did the wonderful steeple on the St. Mary's church in Banham. Two Wells sisters started the first school for teen age girls in Banham. My father came to America as a stow-away into San Francisco in 1910. Then went back to England and fought in WW1.
I will be coming once more to Norfolk hopefully next year bringing my grandchildren to experience this wonderful place that has so much history. I would be happy to have contact with someone in the area who might have some history to share. I am a real estate broker in North San Diego County. Still working at 80+. Wells was my maiden name.

Dorothy Curtis, San Diego, USA - 12th April 2010

O.S. Map 1882
O.S. Map 1882
Courtesy of NLS map images

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

1782: John Tebble, miller, renting mill at £22 per annum

September 1782: Mill advertised for sale

Poll Book 1802: John Thrower, miller

White's 1836: George Wells, corn miller

Census 1841:
George Wells snr (40) farmer & miller
Amelia Wells (29)
George Wells jnr (5)
Mary Ann Wells (4)
Thomas Wells (4 mths)
Hannah Edwards  (25) servant
Tabitha Moss (12) servant
Address: Great Green

White's 1845: George Wells snr, corn miller & chief constable

Tithe Award 1846: Owner & occupier: George Wells snr

Census 1851:
George Wells snr (50) b.Banham, miller employing 1 man & 1 apprentice & farmer of 180 acres employing 9 labourers
Amelia Wells (38) b.Shropham
George Wells jnr (15) miller apprentice
Mary A. Wells (13) b.Shropham, scholar
Thomas Wells (10) b.Shropham, scholar
Harriott Moss (16) b.Banham, servant
Address: Great Green

Kelly's 1854: George Wells snr, miller, farmer & high constable to Guiltcross Hundred

White's 1864: George Wells snr, miller & farmer & high constable

1868: George Wells snr died

1872: Thomas Wells, miller

Kelly's 1879: Thomas Wells, miller & farmer
& agent to Norwich Equitable Fire Office

Rate Valuation List 1880: Thomas Wells of Great Green

1881: Edgar George Augustus Jolley, tenant miller

August 1881: Mill advertised for sale by auction (withdrawn at £275)

O.S. Map 1882: Windmill (Corn)

April 1882: Mill advertised for sale by auction

c.1882: Thomas Wells emigrated to America

September 1882: Mill advertised to be let

1888: Robert Blackburn, miller

O.S. Map 1890: Windmill (Corn)

Kelly's 1892: Robert Blackburn, farmer & miller (wind)

O.S. map 1901: Windmill

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