Hempnall Green


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Hempnall Green smockmill was an eight sided mill that used patent sails to drive two pairs of stones and a flour mill. A Bake Office was also run from the premises.

By 1868 a second pair of stones and machinery were being driven by a portable steam engine

On Wednesday se'nnight during the tremendous gale from the south east accompanied by heavy rain at intervals ...
At Hempnall, the top of the newly-erected mill on the green with its four sails was blown off.

Norwich, Yarmouth & Lynn Courier - Saturday 14th March 1818

A legal case letter stated it was:
of octagonal form, divided with little difficulty into eight pieces and easily removed anywhere, althugh the upper part which was woodwork and fastened by spokes and spikes to the brick foundation ...
Norwich & Yarmouth Courier - later than March 1818

To Millers
HEMPNALL MILL (Now in full Tade)
By Mr. Spelman At the Swan Inn, Long Stratton, Norfolk on Tuesday 3 October 1826 at 6 o'c
Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract
All that capital SMOCK WIND MILL (recently erected) with two pair of Stones & Flour Mill complete & the going gears & machinery thereto belonging, situate in Hempnall in the county of Norfolk, with new built brick & tiled Dwelling house, Baking office & about half an acre of Land, with a Stable & other Outbuildings standing thereon. All which premises are in the occupation of the proprietor Mr. William Spurdens.
Freehold Land Tax 1s.
A Moiety of the Purchase Money may remain on Mortgage (if required)
Apply (if by letter free of postage) to Mr. W. D. Barker, Solr., St. Michael at Plea, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 16th September 1826

Tithe map 1842
Tithe map 1842 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1843
Map, Pratt & Son, Surveyors, Norwich, 1842
Owner: Richard Hylton
Occupier: Himself

No. 652

House, Premises & Mill

part of

0a. 1r. 37p.
8a. 2r. 39p.

£3. 5s. 6d.

To Millers
To LET with possession at Michaelmas next
a SMOCK-TOWER MILL with Patent Sails, driving two pair of stones, Flour Mill etc. with a detached pair of stones & machinery adapted to a Moveable Engine, all in good working condition. Dwelling house, Granary, Stabling etc. & with or without 2 Acres of Land.
For particualars apply to Mr. Richard Hylton, Hempnall, Long Stratton.

Norfolk News - 5th September 1868

Two miller's carts, Mare, Harness, 5 flour cloths, 61 lb. Mill Bills, new Flour Beam & Scales, Iron Weights, Household furniture etc.
Clowes, Tewson & Nash are instructed by Mr. S. Culley, the Assignee to Sell by Auction on the Premises on Friday next 27 June at One, the above, the Effects of Mr. Edward Eldred, Miller.
Catalogues of the Auctioneers, Bungay & Bank Chambers, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 21st June 1873

O.S. Map 1883
O.S. Map 1883
Courtesy of NLS map images

I can faintly remember the one on the Greens, near "The Horseshoes".
This was also a Tower Mill but not brick. It was weatherboarded ...

My Village - Gerald Stammers 1968-1969

c.1818: Mill built

March 1818: Mill cap and sails blown off in a gale

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

1826: William Spurdens, miller

September 1826: Mill advertised for sale by auction

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: Richard Hylton, corn miller

1839: William Flegg, miller

Census 1841:
William Flegg (35)  miller
Lydia Flegg (25)
Hannah Flegg (2)
Francis Flegg (21 mths)
Lydia Flegg (4 mths)
William Wilson (16) journeyman miller
Address: Green

1843: Richard Hylton, miller

White's 1845: William Thirkettle, corn miller

1850: William Thirkettle, miller

Census 1851: George Rushmer (18) b.Hempnall, miller (living at home - Silver Green)

White's 1854: Elizabeth Thirkettle, corn miller & baker

1863: Walter Henry Hylton, miller - also working Hempnall Mill Road towermill along with Thomas Parker

White's 1864: Walter Henry Hylton, corn miller & farmer

1865: Walter Henry Hylton, miller

1868: James Buck, miller

September 1868: Mill advertised to be let

1873: Edward Eldred, miller

June 1873: Effects of Edward Eldred advertised for sale by auction

1875: Henry Buck, miller & farmer

White's 1883: Henry Buck farmer & corn miller

1888: Ellis Sword Buck, miller

O.S. map 1891: Windmill (Corn)

Kelly's 1892: Walter Henry Hylton, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1896: Walter Henry Hylton, miller (wind) & farmer

Kelly's 1900: Walter Henry Hylton, miller (wind & steam) & farmer

Kelly's 1904: Walter Henry Hylton, miller (wind & steam) & farmer

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