Downham Market
Bexwell Road


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Downham Market Bexwell Road postmill used two pairs of sails on a cast iron windshaft to power two pairs of French burr stones and a flour mill that produced 14 to 20 sacks or 7 to 10 coombs per week per pair of stones.

It is likely that the mill shown on Faden's map of 1797 was replaced at some point after the turn of the century as the 1833 advert describes the mill as only being a few years old.

To Flour Merchants, Millers etc.
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Garrett At the Castle Inn, Downham in the county of Norfolk on Thursday 5 September 1833 Between 6 & 8 o'c.
A Capital POST WINDMILL with cast iron Shaft, driving two pair of French Stones & Dressiing Machinery etc. complete, now in full Trade, situate in Downham Market.
The above Property is well worthy the attention of the Public, being Freehold & entitling the Purchaser to a Vote for the county of Norfolk, is in an excellent state of repair having been erected only a few years, is well situate for Business being near a Navigable River & within twelve miles of the excellent corn markets of Lynn & Wisbech, it is very lofty & stands well for all winds.
Possession may be had at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. Thomas Bowtell, Green Dragon, Wisbech, Mr. Thomas Harris, Castle Inn, Downham or the Auctioneer.

Norfolk Chronicle - 31st August 1833

To Let
driving two pairs of French stones, Flour Mill & Jumper. Good Country Trade, doing 14 to 20 sacks per week.
Possession at Lady if required.
Apply to Mr. Robert Crisp, Downham Market

Lynn Advertiser - 10th February 1866

To Let with two pair stones at Downham.
Apply to Reed & Wayman, Solrs. Downham Market

Lynn Advertiser - 9th September 1876

Casebow & Son
Will Sell by Auction on Wednesday 20 April 1881
A Quantity of valuable MILL MATERIALS from the pulling down of two Windmills.
Sale to commence in the Bexwell Road at 12 o'c.

Lynn Advertiser - 16th April 1881

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

August 1833: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

1846: Nathan Neyus, miller

1850: Joseph Reeson, miller

Census 1851:

Joseph Reason (30) b.Leake, Lincs, miller
Sarah Reason (29) b.Denver, Lincs
Jabez Reason (25) b.Holbeach, Lincs, butcher
Address: Bexwell Road

White's 1854: John Harrod, corn miller

1858: Henry Crisp, miller

1863: Henry Crisp, miller

White's 1864: Rober Crisp, corn miller, Bexwell road

1866: Rober Crisp, miller

February 1866: Mill advertised to be let

September 1876: Mill advertised to be let

c.1881: Mill dismantled

April 1881: Mill parts advertised to be sold by auction

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