Bedingham smock mill was a twelve sided, four storey mill. The boat shaped cap had a petticoat and held a 6 bladed fan. In 1763 the common sails drove one pair of 3ft. 10ins. French burr stones and a flour mill. By 1802 a further pair of 4ft. 10ins. stones had been added and this could have been as a result of one pair of common sails having been changed to a pair of double shuttered patent sails, each with 8 bays of 3 shutters that were struck by rack and pinion.

In 1763 the single pair of stones were producing 3 to 4 lasts or 60 to 80 coombs per week.

To be sold & entered upon at Michaelmas next
A Good & well accustomed WIND-MILL with one pair of Stones & all Utensils necessary for her, there is a new Flour Mill within her, she is well situated there being no Mill within three Miles of her. She is capable of cutting three or four Lasts per week.
For further Particulars enquire of Mr. John Meadows of Bedingham Priory, Mr. Nickless of Tasburgh Mill or Mr. Pratt of Shottisham Mill, all in Norfolk.

Norwich Mercury - 3rd September 1763

The Creditors of the late John Spratt of Bedingham in the county of Norfolk, miller, … to deliver accounts to Wm. Spratt of Palling, Miller or Stephen Spratt of Wacton, Miller, … his Executor.
Norwich Chronicle - 7th July 1792

Bedingham, July 23, 1792
The Creditors of the late John Spratt of Bedingham in the county of Norfolk, Miller, deceased, are desired to meet Messrs. Wm. & Stephen Spratt, his Executors at the house of the said deceased.

Norwich Chronicle - 28th July 1792

Map drawn by Harry Apling

To be Sold by Auction By John Reynolds
On Friday 4 November 1808 at 3 o’c At the sign of the Lord Nelson on Bedingham Holmes, Norfolk.
All that large tower WIND MILL situate near Bedingham Holmes with two pair of French stones, one pair 4 ft. 10 ins. Diameter, the other 3 ft. 10 ins. Diameter, with centre irons & regulators complete & with all the running and going gears belonging, as the same is now in the occupation of Mr. Nicholas Hudson.
Also a good Brick & Tiled Dwelling house … now in the occupation of the said Nicholas Hudson.
The above are all freehold & immediate possession may be had & the buyer may have the option to take the Utensils & Implements at a fair valuation.
Note. Part of the purchase money may remain on security of the premises.
Apply to Mr. Kingsbury, Attorney, Bungay.

Norwich Chronicle - 8th &15th October 1808

Bedingham …
George Durrant& Sons are instructed by the Executors of Mrs. Jane Everett to sell by Auction at the Triple Plea Inn, Bedingham on Monday 8 July 1889 at 5 for 6 o’c in the Afternoon, in four Lots the following Desirable PROPERTIES
Lot 1. A comfortable Brick & Tiled DWELLING HOUSE, late the residence of Mrs. Jane Everett; also the well built TOWER WINDMILL with the Barn, Stable, Granary & other Buildings, Mill yard & Grass Paddock, as now in the occupation of Mr. Aldis Everrett.
Possession of all Lots at Michaelmas next.
Particulars of Messrs. F. & A.C. Smith, SOLRS. Bungay & of the Auctioneers, Redenhall Grange, Harleston & Beccles.

Norwich Chronicle - 29th June & 6th July 1889

For many years Bedingham mill was owned by the Everett family, who were also local farmers. They also owned and ran Woodton_postmill, which was a few hundred yards away just inside the Woodton parish boundary.

At the time of the 1925 photograph the mill had lost one pair of sails and appears to have ceased working.

Letter from a millwright:-
Vout’s Mill at Hempnall was not what I call a good mill. Not what I would call a good mill like “Gooseberry” Muskett’s Mill up Field_Lane. This was by far better both externally & internally, probably it was much younger. I dismantled both of them. I can faintly remember the one on the Greens near “The Horseshoes”. This was also a Tower Mill but not brick. It was weatherboarded as was the one at Bedingham.
My Village - Gerald Stammers, 1968-1969

My 3 x great-grandfather, Robert PARKE, born in about 1799, was living in Bedingham in the early 1800s.  He married at Woodton in 1824 and at the baptisms of his children between 1825 and 1837 and also in the 1841 census he was recorded as a miller.  According to the inscription on his gravestone, he died on May 4th 1845, aged 46 years.
I notice from the White's Directory entries for Bedingham Mill on the Norfolk Mills web-site that the miller is listed in 1836 and 1845 as George Everett.  I presume Robert was employed by George Everett to work in the mill.  In the 1841 census there are three millers listed on the same page:
Robert Parke aged 40
George Everett aged 35
Robert Cooper aged 25.

Beth Leach - 26th February 2009

Woodton postmill in the foreground with Bedingham behind c.1925

Bedingham smockmill was finally pulled down by traction engine driven by a Mr. Webb in November 1927.

O. S. Map 1884
O. S. Map 1884
Bedingham smockmill marked in red centre left
Woodton postmill marked top centre left
Courtesy of NLS map images

September 1763: Mill advertised for sale

1792: John Spratt, miller

Faden's map 1797: Wind mills

1808: Nicholas Hudson, miller

October 1808: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1808: Nicholas Hudson, miller

Bryant's map 1826: mill

White's 1836: George Everett, miller

Census 1841: George Everett (35)
Robert Parke (40)
Robert Cooper (25)

White's 1845: George Everett, miller

4th May 1845: Robert Parke died aged 46

Kelly's 1854: George Everett, miller

White's 1864: George Everett, miller

Kelly's 1879: George Everett, miller

White's 1883: Arthur Aldrich, miller (wind) - shown under Woodton

O.S. map 1884: Windmill (Corn)

1888: Joseph Bedwell, miller

1889: Aldis Everrett, miller

July 1889: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1890: Thomas Aldis, miller - & at Woodton

Kelly's 1892: William Snowling, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1896: William Snowling, miller (wind)

c.1900: Mill ceased working

November 1927: Mill demolished by traction engine

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