Dickleburgh Whitehorse Road postmill


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Dickleburgh postmill Rectory Rd c.1910

Dickleburgh had a post mill standing in Whitehorse Road, although this was later renamed Rectory Road. The mill buck, which was tall and narrow, stood on a raised 2 storey roundhouse and had 4 double shuttered patent sails that were struck by rack & pinion. One pair of sails had 8 bays of 3 shutters and the other pair had 7 bays of 3 shutters. The fantail was on the ladder that led to a porch that was set under an extension to the first floor of the buck.

Norwich Mercury - 19th April 1873

To be Sold by Auction By Wm. Sharman On Thursday 14 June 1804
At the Crown Inn, Dickleburgh, Norfolk, between the hours of 3 & 5 in the afternoon.
A new & substantial POST_WINDMILL, built only two years, situated in Langmere near Harleston, in the county aforesaid, in the occupation of Mr. John Cock, the proprietor, 19 ft. by 11 ft. 6 ins. draws 10 yards of cloth, 10 feet head wheel, pair of French Stones, 4 ft. 10 ins., full sized flour mill & all going geers for another pair of stones; the sail cloths, flour cloths, scales & weights to be included in the purchase. She must be taken away on or before the 11th October next.
N.B. The reason why Mr. Cock sells her is he has taken a large farm at a distance.
Particulars by applying to Mr. Bacon, Miller of Dickleburgh aforesaid or to Mr. Roger Brock, millwright of Harleston aforesaid.

Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd & 9th June 1804

The above advert relates to Dickleburgh Langmere postmill but has mention of the miller at Rectory Road.

A few days since as John Ringer, aged 26, was attending the boulting mill, in a windmill belonging to Mr. Francis Bacon, of Dickleburgh, the cogs caught hold of his frock slop, and so entangled him, that he was carried round by the same for 3 hours, in which time he was reduced to a most horrid spectacle.
Norfolk Chronicle - Saturday, 30th June 1804

John Ringer's brother James was miller at Carleton Rode smockmill in 1836 and died there in February 1844.

To be Sold by Auction by Elliott, Son & Muskett
on Monday October 14, 1867, part of the Household Furniture,
capital black cart horse, 5 years old, miller's cart ...
by direction of the executors of Mr. Noah Trower deceased.
Sale to commence at 1 o'c.
Norfolk News - 12th October 1867

Situations Vacant
Wanted, a Married Man to work a Wind & Steam Mill. Good wages given to a steady & industrious one.
Apply to Mr. F. Simpson, Dickleburgh, Scole.
Norfolk News - 6th March 1875

Dickleburgh postmill c.1912


... mill in Rectory Road standing on what was glebe, the Rectory Manor Mill. The Lord of this Manor being the Abbot of Bury St Edmunds. The flint wall can still be seen.
History of the Church & Parish of Dickleburgh - Rev. M. R. Peacock - 1964

Very little of the old flint wall remains as it was blown down in a gale about two or three years ago.
Alfred Tungate, Mill House, Rectory Road, Dickleburgh - 23rd October 1978

O. S. Map 1883

O. S. Map 1883
Courtesy of NLS map images

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

1804: Francis Bacon, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: Noah Thrower, corn miller

White's 1845: Noah Thrower, corn miller

White's 1854: Noah Thrower, corn miller & merchant & steam thrashers for hire

White's 1864: Noah Thrower, corn miller & merchant

1867: Noah Thrower died

October 1867: Household and business effects of Noah Thrower advertised for sale by auction

1868: H.T. Button, miller

1872: William Button, miller

1873: William Button, miller

1875: Frederick Simpson, miller

Kelly's 1879: Frederick Simpson, miller

O. S. Map 1883: Windmill (Corn)

White's 1883: Frederick Simpson, miller

Kelly's 1892: Frederick Simpson, miller (wind & steam)

Kelly's 1896: Frederick Simpson, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1900: Frederick Simpson, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1904: Frederick Simpson, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1912: Frederick Simpson, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1916: Frederick Simpson, miller (wind)

12th March 1917: Frederick Simpson died aged 75 and was buried in Dickleburgh churchyard

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