Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

18th May1981
18th May 1981

Erpingham towermill was built of red brick and probably tarred at one point. The mill had 4 patent sails and a fantail that drove two pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and jumper. The tower had two opposite doors on the ground floor that still remained in 2004 along with around 11 feet of the tower base incorporated into an outhouse.

Tithe Award 1840
Map, Wm. Drane, Surveyor, Norwich 1839
Owner: James Bean
Occupier: Himself

No. 335

Mill, House, Yard etc.

0a. 0r. 38p.

1s. 2d.

To be Sold by Private Contract
All that substantial Brick built TOWER WINDMILL with patent sails and winding tackle complete, driving two pairs of French stones, flour mill and jumpers together with a Dwelling house, Stables, Granary, Cart Lodge, etc. with every convenience for carrying on a respectable business, situate in the parish of Erpingham within a convenient distance of Holt, North Walsham and Aylsham markets.
Two thirds of the purchase money may remain on mortgage if required.
Apply to Mr. C. Darkins, Builder or to Messrs. Brightwell & Son, Solicitors, Norwich or to Mr. J. Bone, Chemist and Druggist, Aylsham who will shew the Premises.
Norfolk Chronicle - 19th February 1853

A TOWER WINDMILL at Erpingham with four Patent Sails driving two pair of Stones, with Flour Jumper etc., House, Granary, Cart Lodge; possession can be had immediately.
Apply to J. Soame, Aylsham, Norfolk.

Norfolk News - 4th & 25th April, 23rd & 30th June & 4th & 11th July 1857

To be let
with four patent sails driving two pair of stones, with all going gears, house, granary, stable, cart lodge, piggery rtc.
Possession immediately.
Apply to J. Soame, Overseer, Aylsham.

Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd & 9th May 1857

To Millers
To be Let, a Tower Windmill with four patent Sails, driving two pair of Stones, with Dwelling house, Granary, Stable, Cow house & Cart lodges, in good repair, rent low, situated in Erpingham.
Apply to T. Soane, Overseer, Aylsham.

Norfolk News - 29th August, 5th & 26th September 1857

September 2008 September 2008
September 2008 - adjacent wooden section shown in photo at top of page having been demolished

O. S. Map 1885

O. S. Map 1885
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

White's 1836: Benjamin Johnson, millwright
White's 1845: John Johnson, millwright

Kelly's 1854: John Johnson, miller & millwright

Calthorpe Rectory Bailiff's account 1389: Underwood being sold at Whenemyllehill

Calthorpe Rectory Bailiff's account 1395: Seed sown on two acres next

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: James Beane, corn miller

1836-1846: James Beane (Bane) b.1793

Tithe Award 1840: James Bean, owner and occupier

Census 1841: James Bane (45) miller
Esther Bane (42)
George Bane (19); James Bane (17); John Bane (10);
Catherine Bane (15); Esther Bane (12);
Fred Porter (12) miller's apprentice

White's 1845: James Bane, corn miller

1850: George Bane b.1819 (moved from Martham Hemsby Rd towermill)

Census 1851: Henry Mileham (41) b.Baldock, Herts., master miller employing 2 persons
Frederick Brown (14) b.Itteringham, anticipated apprentice
James Critoph (19) b.Haveringland, journeyman miller
Henry Mileham's mother (82) b.Norwich, blind

February 1853: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

Kelly's 1854: Henry Mileham, miller

White's 1854: Charles Hayham, corn miller

1856: Charles Hayem

April 1857: Mill advertised to be let

August 1857: Mill advertised to be let

1858: Henry Gardiner Hart, miller

White's 1864: Henry Gardiner Hart, corn miller & owner; also Ingworth mill

1868-1875: George Hawkins

Census 1871: George Hawkins (29) b Claxton, miller, married with 1 son

Kelly's 1879: Henry Gardiner Hart, miller & farmer; also Ingworth mill

1883: Henry Gardiner Hart; also Ingworth mill

c.1960: Mill tower demolished, leaving around 11 feet

1981: Mr. & Mrs. F. Durham, Windmill Farm Cottage

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