Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Grimston postmill stood to the west of the village on Mill Hill, which was part of Mill Hill Common. The mill used a pair of French burr stones and pair of Peak stones.

A WINDMILL to be SOLD on Friday the 28th Day of this Instant January in the Forenoon, at the House of Thomas Oldman being the Chequer in Grimstone in the county of Norfolk & entered upon at Lady Day next; standing upon the Common Pasture at Grimstone aforesaid, within two Furlongs of the Turnpike Road, with a pair of French Stones, a Pair of Peak Stones & a Dressing Mill & other Appertunences all in good Repair, as now worked by Richard Smith of Middleton, who will shew the Premises.
For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Watts in South Lynn in the said County.
Norfolk Chronicle - 8th, 15th & 22nd January 1774

Lynn, March 24, 1789

The Commissioners named & authorised in & by a Commission of Bankrupt awarded & issued & now in Prosecution against John Lunn late of Grimston in the county of Norfolk, Miller, dealer and chapman, intend to meet 22nd April next 3 o'c in the afternoon, at the Guildhall in Kings Lynn in the said county, in order to make a first & final Dividend of the Estate & Effects of the said Bankrupt ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th March 1789

Also I give and devise unto my daughter Barbara the wife of William Pye of Pentney in the said County those four tenements in Grimstone aforesaid called Mill House now in the occupation of ---- Smyth  ------- Bennett and others with yards, gardens and appertenances thereto belonging purchased by me of Thomas Boulter.
Extract from will of James Riches, farmer of Grimston - written 1825

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

O.S. Map 1905
O.S. Map 1905
Courtesy of NLS map images

Ogilby - Britannia 1675 Plate 76 Kings Lynn to Yarmouth: Windmill

1682: John Gay (or Dey), miller married at Congham

1774: Richard Smith, miller - also at Middleton

January 1774: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1789: John Lunn, miller, bankrupt

Faden's map 1797:
Wind Mill

c.1815: Thomas Boulter, owner

1825: Mill site owned by James Riches and in the occupation of Smyth - Bennett

1830: Mill site bequeathed to James Riches' daughter, Barbara wife of William Pye of Pentney

O.S. map 1884: Mill Hill Cottages

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