Castle Acre


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Joseph Priest's postmill was only worked for a few years before he died and the mill was then advertised for sale on the basis that it should be dismantled and removed.

Sale of premises & land
Lot 6. ... land ... lying near the mill in Castleacre.
Norfolk Chronicle - 17th March 1810

Notice re claims or demands on Estate of Joseph Priest late of Castleacre, deceased.
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd February 1812

When Joseph Priest snr died c.1812, Joseph Priest jnr inherited the mill, with his brother Thomas Priest inheriting Gt Massingham postmill.

To be Sold by Auction By Thos. Johnson
On Wednesday & Thursday 11 & 12 March 1812 on the Premises late in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Priest, at Castleacre, Norfolk, deceased,
All his Live & Dead STOCK … flour bins, minging troughs, scale beams, iron & other weights, quantity of flour sacks, bushel, mill bills, brock, sack rope, chain, crowe, sack barrow & the usual variety of milling implements.
Household Furniture …
Household Furniture will be sold on the first day & the … sacks etc. on the last day & each day’s sale will begin precisely at eleven o’c.
Also will be Sold by Auction
At the Ostrich in Castleacre aforesaid at 8 o’c in the evening of the above second day’s sale
All that Capital New erected Post WIND MILL complete as it now stands, late the property of the aforesaid Joseph Priest.
Further particulars may be had (if by letter post paid) by applying to Mr. Stuckey or Mr. Trenchard, Solrs. Or of the Auctioneer, both of Swaffham.
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th March 1812

To be Sold by Auction. By S. Sudbury At the Ostrich at Castleacre in Norfolk On Friday 5 March next at 3 o'c if not sooner disposed of by private contract.
All that new & well built POST WINDMILL with the utensils thereto belonging at Castleacre in Norfolk, late in the occupation of Joseph Priest deceased. The purchaser to remove the same. Apply to Mr. Yarrington of Swaffham or the Auctioneer.
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th & 27th February 1813

c.1810: Mill built

1810: Joseph Priest, miller

c.1812: Joseph Priest died

March 1812: Mill advertised for sale by auction

February 1813: Mill advertised for sale by auction
to be removed

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