Downham Market
Cowgate Street


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Downham Market had a towermill in Cowgate Street that was later renamed Bridge Street.

To be Sold by Auction on 1 February at the White Hart, Downham Market. An estate comprising a messuage and old established baking office in Cowgate Street, Downham Market, with a piece of land adjoining and a capital new erected Tower Windmill thereupon standing, and going geers thereto belonging, late in the occupation of Mr. Robert Green, the proprietor. The windmill has been erected only five years. For further particulars aply to Mr. Robert Green the proprietor at Upwell.
Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd January 1808

To Millers & Bakers Freehold Estate Downham Market, Norfolk

To be Sold by Auction By Elsey & Bird On Monday 1 February 1808

At the house of Mr. Isaac Bell, known by the sign of the White Hart in Downham Market aforesaid, between the house of 6 & 8 in the evening (Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract)

A Compact & desirable ESTATE comprising a messuage & old established baking office with stable & other outbuildings thereto belonging, situate in Cowgate Street in Downham Market aforesaid, together with the yards, garden, orchard & piece of land thereto adjoining, containing by estimation one acre, with a capital new erected Tower Windmill thereon standing & going gears thereto belonging, late in the occupation of Mr. Robert Green, the proprietor.

The Messuage & baking office are in good repair & the windmill is most substantially built & in complete repair having been erected only five years.

The premises adjoin the parsonage lane, from which there is a back entrance & from the contiguity of the mill to the dwelling house, the same are well situated for occupation; & being in a good corn country, the premises altogether form a desirable situation for a miller & baker, the latter of which trades having been carried on there for many years & both trades since the erection of the Mill. The above will be sold together or in lots as may be agreed on at the time of sale. Possession may be had immediately.

Enquire of Mr. Robert Green, the proprietor at Upwell in Norfolk or of Messrs. Brighton & Paine, Solrs. Downham Market aforesaid.
Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd & 30th January 1808

Situations Vacant
To Journeyman Bakers

WANTED a Young Single Man.
Apply to E. Wolsey, Miller, Downham.

Norfolk News - 19th August 1865

c.1803: Mill built

1807: Robert Green, miller

January 1808: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Pigot's 1830: John Hewitt, miller, Bridge st

1839: Robert Parfrey, miller

1840: Robert Parfrey, miller

White's 1845: George Hobson, corn miller, Bridge street

1846: George Hobson, miller

Census 1851:

Arthur Pilgrim (31) b.Marham, miller (employee)
Harriett Pilgrim (24) b.Downham
Address: Bridge Road, Three Horse Shoes

White's 1854: William King, corn miller, Bridge road
G. A. Ward & Co., corn millers & brewers, Bridge road

1856: Jacob Mason Bird, miller

1858: Jacob Mason Bird, miller

White's 1864: Jacob Mason Bird, corn miller, Bridge st

1865: Edward Wolsey, miller

1868: J. Bird jnr., miller

1872: J. Bird jnr., miller

Kelly's 1879: Jacob Mason Bird, miller & corn merchant, Station mills; & Whittington mills, near Stoke Ferry

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Nat Grid Ref TF60..031.
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