Mill Drift


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Feltwell smockmill stood in Mill Drift although in the 1700s this was known as Mill Lane. The mill was possibly built as a replacement for the earlier postmill.

Mentioned as Mill Lane in Indenture dated 17 October 1729 relating to South Hall Manor.
1837 Tithe Map shows mill as smock mill.

Inclosure Award 1815, mill in possession of Heading family.
The Story of Feltwell - A. J. Orange, 1970

The Heading family also owned Wilton Road postmill and Wilton Road towermill.

Indenture 1729: Mill Lane

Poll Book 1802: John Green, miller

Inclosure Award 1815: Heading family, owners

O.S. map 1824: Mill

Bryant's map 1826: Mill

1830: Henry Heading, miller

White's 1836: Henry Heddon, corn miller

Census 1841: Henry Heading snr (45-49) miller & farmer
Henry Heading jnr (15)
Robert Heading (10)
John Heading (3)

Charles Bacon (25) journeyman miller
John Malt (35-36) journeyman miller

White's 1845: Henry Heading, corn miller

White's 1854: Henry Heading, corn miller & farmer

1856: Henry Heading snr, miller

1856: Henry Heading jnr, miller

1859: William and Henry Heading jnr

Census 1861: Henry Heading jnr (36) miller
William Heading (34) miller (brother)

William Moore (25) journeyman miller
Edmund King (35) journeyman miller
Charles Cuthbert (40) journeyman miller

1859-c.1865: William and Henry Heading jnr

White's 1864: Henry jnr & William Heading, corn millers (Henry also farmer)

1865: Henry jnr & William Heading, corn millers (Henry also farmer)

1868: William Heading, miller

8th February 1872: Henry Heading snr died at the age of 79

1877: William Heading, miller

c.1880: Mill demolished

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