Gaywood Wootton Road


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills


Gaywood Wootton Road tower windmill stood on the east side of the in what later became the northern suburbs of Kings Lynn. The four storey mill had an ogee cap. The 4 patent sails, each with 6 bays of 3 shutters powered 3 pairs of French burr stones, a flour machine and a flour mill. A postmill stood on the same site.

To Millers & others. Freehold Estate at Gaywood, Norfolk.
To be sold by Auction by CRUSO & SON at the Dukes Head Hotel, Kings Lynn on Tuesday 24 May 1859 at 4 o'c
All that capital Messuage or Dwelling House with all the requisite Offices, Stable, Cart Lodge, Granary & Outbuildings. Also a BRICK TOWER WINDMILL with patent sails, winding herself & driving three pairs of French stones, with flour machine, flour mill & going gears all in good repair.
Also a POST_WINDMILL near with patent sails driving one pair of patent sails as are now doing a good retail & a large grist trade. Also 13 acres (more or less) of Arable & Pasture Land in a good state of cultivation.
The above Property is situate next the Turnpike road leading to Castle Rising, adjoining the lands of Sir Wm. Ffolkes, Bart. & Richard Bagge Esq. respectively & forms from the proximity to the Town of Kings Lynn a very desirable situation for occupation or investment.
Possession may be had on completion of the purchase.
Apply to Mr. George Plowright, the proprietor, the Auctioneers or at the office of Mr. Jarvis, Solr. Lynn.

Norfolk Chronicle - 14th & 21st May 1859

Messrs. Cruso & Hawkins
Are instructed to Sell by Auction on Wednesday 13 December 1871 commencing at 2 o'c in the afternoon, part of the

on the premises of Mr. Bloomfield, senr. who is changing his residence.
Lynn Advertiser - 2nd December 1871

Sale of 10 acres of Swedes & 4 acres of Mangolds.

Lynn Advertiser - October 1872

SUPERIOR CLOVER & HAY for sale. In large or small quantities.
Apply at A. Blomfield's Mill, Gaywood.

Lynn Advertiser - 4th March 1876

The Mill House, Gaywood
To be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Miles & Son
On Thursday April 4, 1878
All the modern HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE ...

upon the premises in the occupation of Mr. T. W. Walker
Sale at 11 o'c precisely.
Offices, Athenaeum Chambers, Kings Lynn.

Lynn Advertiser - 30th March 1878



In order to lessen the cost of Meal etc. the proprietor has made arrangements to grind all kinds of Corn at a REDUCED RATE, customers to bring & fetch away their own grist; which arrangement he trusts will meet with the approval of his customers.
Further information may be obtained of

South Wootton

Lynn Advertiser - 25th October, 1st & 15th November 1884


Wootton ... part of the base of the tower built in part of the Millers House.
Letter from R. V. Walker of Gaywood to H. E. S. Simmons - 4th May 1973

Alfred Blomfield appears to have retired in 1888.
On 9 August 1888 three fields around the house and mill totalling
12a. 0r. 38p. were put up for auction as suitable for building land by Messrs. Miles & Son, at the Glebe Hotel, King's Lynn at 7 o'c in the evening.
Mr. Blomfield retained the house & mill.
Harry Apling - c.1982


Holland was to be the destination of this windmill in Wootton Road, Gaywood, pictured shortly before its careful demolition by hand.
Dorothy Brockwell, of Baker Close, Lynn, brought in this photo of the old mill and can remember it being there for many years.
In the foreground of the picture is Lynn man Mr. Van Pelt, who is responsible for carefully taking the windmill apart ready for its shipment abroad.
Mrs. Brockwell said: "I can remember him taking it apart, and numbering every piece.
"I would like to find out more information on the windmill, but also I would be keen to hear from anyone who can remember when all the sheep got killed on Wootton Road by the bridge.
"I can recall being put into milkman Mr. Les Howard's field. I was six at the time and can remember dead sheep lying in the road on the way to school."

Lynn News - 21st October 1997


Wednesday last, Ann, wife of Mr. Steph. Walker, miller, of Gaywood, aged 63 (her death)
Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd August 1829

O. S. Map 1884
O. S. Map 1884
Courtesy of NLS map images

Map redrawn by Harry Apling - 1905
Map redrawn by Harry Apling - 1905

O. S. Map 1904
O. S. Map 1904
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. map 2007
O.S. Map 2007
Image produced under licence from Ordnance Survey

White's 1836: George Ploughwright, corn miller
White's 1836: Stephen Walker, corn miller
White's 1854: Goss Everettt, farmer
White's 1864: Alfred Blomfield, farmer, brewer & maltster

1822: William Walker, miller

O.S. map 1824: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Augus 1829:

1830: William Walker, miller

White's 1836: William Walker, corn miller

Index of Wills 1836: William Walker, miller

1839: Sarah Walker, miller

1840: Sarah Walker, miller

White's 1845: G. B. Plowrght, corn miller, Wootton Gap

1850: George Batch Plowright, miller

White's 1854: George Plowright, corn miller

1859: George Plowright, owner and miller

May 1859: Mill advertised for sale by auction along with postmill on same site

1863: Alfred Bloomfield, miller

December 1871: Household effects of Alfred Bloomfield advertised for sale by auction

March 1878: Household furniture of T. W. Walker, occupier of Mill House, advertised for sale by auction

Kelly's 1879: Alfred Bloomfield, farmer, landowner & miller

O.S. Map 1884: Windmill (Corn)

1888: Alfred Blomfield retired

9th August 1888: Three fields (12a. 0r. 38p.) around the mill were auctioned for building land

O.S. map 1888: Windmill (Corn)

O.S. map 1905: Windmill marked but not labelled as in use

c.1920: Mill machinery dismantled and exported to Holland

Karl Wood painting 1933: Mill tower without a cap and roofed

1934: Base of tower had become incorporated into a house

O.S. map 1946: Windmill

30th September 1980: Reported that a new house had been built on the mill site

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