Mill Drove


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Gooderstone Mill Drove postmill is recorded on several maps in the late 1700s and early 1800s but so far little is known about it.

Notice re claims or demands on Effects of John Skeete late of Gooderstone, Miller, deceased.
Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd & 30th July 1796

Tithe Award 1841
Map, W. H. Young, Surveyor, Mildenhall, 1839
Owner: John Warner
Occupier: do

No. 200

Old Mill Piece


12a. 1r. 37p.

Part of
£7.13.3 Vicar
£17.19.3 Imprs.

Gooderstone had four windmills and one watermill.

Unallocated Millers - probably joint or single tenants at one or more mill in the parish

White's 1836: Brook & Judd, corn millers

Census 1841:

Robert Cobbin (30) miller
Martha Cobbin (30)
Elizabeth Cobbin (2)
Louisa Cobbin (1)
William Cobbin (1 mnth)

Census 1841:

John Whearlbelly (25) miller
Mary Whearlbelly (35)
Mary Whearlbelly (5)
Louisa Whearlbelly (2)

Census 1841:

James Brook (30) miller
Lavina Brook (35)
Elizabeth Brook (65)
Henry Elcot (5)
William Lambert (15) apprentice miller

White's 1845: James Brooke, miller, Wind Mill

1846: Miles Newman, miller

Census 1851: John Burton (20) b.Gooderstone, journeyman miller (farmer's son living at home)

Census 1851:

Titus Gathercole (53) b.Foulden, master miller
Thomas Gathercole (22) b.Cockley Cley, miller (son)
Jane Gathercole (13) b.Cockley Cley, at home
Rebecca Gathercole (11) b.Cockley Cley, scholar
Titus Gathercole (9) b.Cockley Cley, scholar
Sarah Ann Gathercole (6) b. Cockley Cley, scholar
Elizabeth Denney (64) b.Swaffham, housekeeper
Address: Village

1853: Titus Gathercole, miller, farmer, flour & coal dealer, beerhouse keeper & tobacco dealer

White's 1854:

Here are three wind mills, and a water_mill, the latter on the banks of a rivulet which flows southward to the Wissey.

White's 1854: John Lee, corn miller & baker

White's 1864: William Preston, miller

1865 & 1868: William Preston, miller

1872: George Chapman

1875: Grimwood Wood, miller

1875 & 1878: John Whalebelly, miller

Kelly's 1879: Robert Field, miller

1883 & 1886: John Willden, miller

1888: Samuel Freestone, miller

1796: John Skeete, miller, died

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Poll Book 1802: William Warner, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

Tithe Award map 1839: Windmill

Tithe Award 1841: Owner & occupier: John Warner, miller

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