Castle Acre
Sandy Lane


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

The postmill in Sandy Lane appears to have been worked by William Bitten from the time it was built c.1842 until he died in 1891. The mill could have been open trestle as the 1883 map shows four piers as opposed to a roundhouse.

Tithe Award 1840
Map - Pratt & Son, Norwich 1839
Owner: Thomas Curtis
Occupier: do
No. 179 Cottage & Garden

No. 179 was the site of the mill but it was not mentioned for the tithe award. At this time William Bitten was living in a cottage in the town.

William Bitton, deceased.
All persons having any claim or demand upon the estate or effects of William Bitton, late of Castleacre in the county of Norfolk, miller & baker, deceased ... forward ... particulars to Mr. Frith Everett of Narborough ... the sole executor .., or to me ...
Alfred John Winter
Swaffham, Norfolk
Solr. to the said Executor.
Lynn Advertiser - 16th May 1891

re William Bitton, deceased.
... claim against estate of William Bitton late of Castleacre, miller & baker, who died on the 27th April 1891 ... will proved by Frith Everett 13th July 1891 ... claims or demands ... to ...
Alfred John Winter
Swaffham, Norfolk
Solr. to the said Executor.
Lynn Advertiser - 14th November 1891

Mill House marked on the map below was not part of the Sandy Lane mill property but belonged to the earlier Newton Road postmill.

O. S. Map 1883
O. S. Map 1883
Courtesy of NLS map images

White's 1836: William Bitten, baker

Tithe Award 1840: Thomas Curtis, owner & occupier of the site

c.1842: Mill built

White's 1846: William Bitten, baker

White's 1854: William Bitten, miller & baker

White's 1864: William Bitten, corn miller & baker

Kelly's 1879: William Bitten, miller

White's 1883: William Bitten, miller & baker

O.S. map 1888-91: Windmill (Corn)

1890: William Bitton, miller

27th April 1891: William Bitton died

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