Holme Hale


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Holme Hale post mill was on the same site as the Jolly Farmers pub or beerhouse.

On 13th April 1971, William G. Rayner of Necton Road, Holme Hale, wrote to Harry Apling to say that his house was formerly the Jolly Farmers and was possibly the Mill House and also the beerhouse.

John Nelson, son of George Nelson, was born in Holme Hale and baptised in Necton before going on to become miller at Tittleshall_postmill and then Necton_towermill

Freehold Land, Wind Mill & Public House
To be Sold by Auction by ROBERT HEYHOE
At the Crown Inn, Swaffham on Monday 18 April 1870 at 2 for 3 o’c in the afternoon precisely.
All that Freehold piece of Arable LAND containing 3a. 0r. 26p. situate in Holm Hale, Norfolk, abutting on the road leading to Necton towards the west & Land of William Ellingham, Esq. On the south & east. Also a POST WIND MILL with two pairs of stones & stables & outbuildings, a PUBLIC HOUSE called the JOLLY FARMERS, late in the occupation of Geo. Nelson, with COTTAGES adjoining & two other well built COTTAGES in the occupation of John Daines & Mary Bayfield. The Estate lies together & will be offered in one Lot.

OUTGOINGS – Tithe Rent charge £1. 3s. 6d. Land Tax 13s. 8d.

Possession at Michaelmas next.

Apply to the Auctioneer, Swaffham or
Messrs. Coulton & Beloe, Solrs. Kings Lynn.

Lynn Advertiser - 2nd, 9th,15th & 23rd April & Norfolk News - 9th,15th & 23rd April 1870
Actual date of sale was 25th April 1870

O.S. Map 2010
O.S. Map 2010
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

Kelly's 1879: Samuel Regester, Railway inn
Kelly's 1879: Thomas Regester, baker

Greenwood’s Map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: Jeremiah Thompson, corn miller

O.S. MAP 1838: Windmill

Census 1851: George Nelson (53) b.Necton, miller
Susan Nelson (52) b.Ashill
Anne Nelson (24) b.Holme Hale
Elizabeth Nelson (20) b.Holme Hale   
Susannah  Nelson (16) b. Holme Hale    
John Nelson (13) b. Holme Hale
George Nelson (9) b. Holme Hale

1853: George Nelson, miller & beer retailer

White's 1854: George Nelson, beerhouse & miller

1858: George Nelson, miller & beer retailer

Census 1861: George Nelson (64) b.Necton, publican, miller, farmer 9 acres
Susanna Nelson (63) b.Ashill
Elizabeth Nelson (20) b.Holme Hale   
Susannah  Nelson (16) b. Holme Hale    
John Nelson (22) b.Necton, miller
Address: The Jolly Farmers, Necton Road

1863: George Nelson, miller & beer retailer

White's 1864: George Nelson, beerhouse & miller

1865: Francis Nelson, miller

1868: John Nelson, miller

1870: George Nelson, miller - recently moved from mill

April 1870: Mill advertised for sale by auction 1872: Thomas Register, miller & baker

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