Bawburgh Road


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Marlingford Bawburgh Road tower windmill was built around 1780 and was probably first worked by tenant John Clover who was also working Marlingford watermill.

The mill drove two pairs of French burr stones.

Although every care and effort has been made to provide correct information, it is not clear from the available records as to which miller was at which mill in the early years. If any viewer can throw any further light by supplying additional information, it would be gratefully received.
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Marlingford watermill | Marlingford Bawburgh Rd. towermill | Marlingford Honingham Rd. towermill

Norwich, Sept. 19, 1783.
Corn and Coal Trade.

John CLOVER, Corn Buyer and Coal-Dealer, having taken the Granaries and Coal Bynns late Mr Theophilus EDWARD's, Merchant, deceased, situated in Wymondham, in Norfolk, solicits the Continuance of the Favours of Mr EDWARD's Friends and Customers, and also of the Farmers in general.
Constant Attendance will be given at the underneath mentioned Places for the buying of Corn, and a full Market Price may be depended on for all Sorts of Grain, according to Quality and well Dressing.
Corn Bought,
At Marlingford Mills every Day (Sundays excepted). -- The White Hart, Wymondham, on Fridays. Corn bought in the City of Norwich.
At the Hand, in St Benedict's, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday Mornings till Eleven o'Clock. -- The Bear, in the Market-place, from Eleven till Two. -- The White Swan, St Peter's, from Two till Evening.
Places of Delivery for Corn.
St George's, St Michael Coslany, and King street, Norwich, -- At Wymondham and at Marlingford Mills (for wheat only).
Norfolk Chronicle - 20th September 1783

late the property of John Clover deceased ...
... Debts to Joseph Clover and John Wright, Executors

Norfolk Chronicle - 20th November 1784

To be SOLD
The Remainder of a LEASE of which 13 years were unexpired at Michaelmas last of a WATER MILL at Marlingford...
Also a very large new-erected WIND MILL; which Mill with such Things belonging to the Water Mill as are not the Property of the Landlord to be taken by the Purchaser of the Lease at a fair Valuation. The great Improvements made in the Mills by the late Tenant, Mr. John CLOVER, deceased, have rendered them capable of manufacturing from 12 to 14 Lasts of Wheat per week.
For further Particulars apply to Mr. Joseph CLOVER or Mr. John WRIGHT, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 13th & 20th November 1784

For the Remainder of the Term, of which 12 years are unexpired.
For further Particulars apply to Mr. Joseph Clover or Mr. John Wright, Norwich
N.B. A new-built TOWER WINDMILL to be SOLD with the above if desired.
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th May & 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th June 1785

All Persons having any Demands on the Estate of John Clover, late of Marlingford Mills in the county of Norfolk, deceased, are desired to send in their accounts to Mr. Joseph Clover or Mr. John Wright of Norwich, Executors ...
All Bakers & others having Flour Sacks in their Possession with John Clover's Mark & will deliver the same at the HAND in St. Benedicts on Tuesday 20th of this Instant September, shall receive Two pence per sack for all Sacks delivered at that Time. Attendance will be given to receive Sacks from Nine in the Morning till Four in the Afternoon, but none will be accepted but such as have Mr. Clover's mark.
Norfolk Chronicle - 10th & 17th September 1785

Sun Fire Insurance Policy No. 421424
24 Nov. 1779: John Clover of Marlingford in Norfolk, Miller. On his Wind Mill and going gears therein situate as aforesaid not exceeding £250. Utensils and stock therein £150.

Thomas Roper
Signatory to Notice re SACK ASSOCIATION
Norfolk Chronicle - 7th & 21st May 1791

Notice to Creditors of Mr. Girling, late of Great Melton, deceased ...
accounts to Mr. Thomas Roper, Marlingford, Miller.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th June 1803

A most valuable and desirable RESIDENCE in NORFOLK abounding in game, and well calculated for a Gentleman wishing for business
Persuant to the directions of the Will of the late REV. THOMAS GREENE, towards the latter end of July or the beginning of August, in five lots

Lot 2.
A most valuable Watermill, with a good house, other buildings, and about 67 acres of excellent arable and meadow land, in Marlingford.
Norfolk Cronicle - 26th June 1819

re Act for establishing an uniformity of Weights & Measures (1825)
(5th Geo. 5th
(error for 4th) c. 74)
Corn Bushell Old Measure
cubic ins.
New Measure
cubic ins.
cubic ins.
1 quart more
Norfolk Chronicle - 3rd December 1825

We the undersigned Merchants and Millers do hereby give notice that on and from the first day of January next all Corn taken in by us will be by the New Imperial Bushel as by Law established.
... Thomas Roper ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 24th December 1825

MARLINGFORD near Norwich
To be Sold by WM. SPELMAN on Tuesday 27 October 1829
The Entire and Valuable Stock ... on the Premises of Mr. T. Roper of Marlingford Mills, Norfolk ...
Also a set of WINDMILL GEARS with machinery, sails, shafts etc. complete and two pairs of French Stones, a Boat with oars etc.
Catalogues of the Auctioneer, Dukes Palace, Norwich.
The Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock punctually.
Norfolk Chronicle - 24th October 1829

Notice re
Thomas Roper of Marlingford, Miller
Deed of Assignment for benefit of Creditors
Norfolk Chronicle - 24th October 1829

Notice to Creditors of
Thomas Roper late of Marlingford, Miller
Dividend of 9s 6d in the Pound
Francis, Turner & West, Solrs. to the Trustees.
Norfolk Chronicle - 6th November 1830

Notice re
Deed of Assignment
Thomas Roper late of Marlingford, Miller
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th February 1832

Tithe Award 1839
Map 1839
Owner: Edward Lombe
Occupier: William Atmore

No. 100
No. 101

Barn Piece
Mill Seven Acres


3a. 1r. 25p.
8a. 0r. 25p.
part of 135a. 1r. 10p.

£36. 6s. 3d.

Mill not shown on map or mentioned in award

O.S. Map 2005
O.S. Map 2005
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

My name is David Roper (73 years of age) and I live south of Adelaide - South Australia.
My great-grandfather William Henry Roper (travelling alone), arrived in South Australia as a fifteen year old lad on 5th January 1850, having been born at Hoxne in Norfolk from parents who had been flour millers at Marlingford until their move to Greenwich - London. His father named John was the son of Thomas Press Roper whose wife was Sarah nee Bradfield.
My (Gt Gt Gt Grandfather) Thomas Press Roper died in 1843, and from the article on the Bawburgh Road Towermill I perused on the internet, it occurred to me that the Thomas Roper - Miller in that article could possibly be one in the same person as my relelation?   
My great grandfather William Henry bought and operated a (steam then oil engine) flour mill at Second Valley south of Adelaide from 1877, where it still stands to this day as a restaurant after being in the Roper family for 107 years at which time it passed to new owners in 1984.   
I have done authenticated research on 'my' Roper family from father to son from 1584.       Thomas Press and his wife Sarah had two sons, John - my Gt Gt Grand father and George, and three daughters - Sarah, Mary and Ann.   
George was born 18.9.1793 at Marlingford, (was he George Roper - Miller 1836?) and John born 1.3.1786 at Marlingford removed to Greenwich and worked as a clerk for Mumfords at their flour mill in that locality until his eyesight deteriorated, then he worked for a Mr. Whitfield in the coal trade. With the advent of the 'industrial revolution' and possibly his fathers milling business being declared insolvent (presuming Thomas Roper was his father) then I can fully understand why he should seek a life elsewhere.
David F. Roper, Adelaide, Australia - 5th August 2013
1779: John Clover, miller

1783: John Clover, miller

1784: John Clover died

November 1784: Mill lease advertised for sale along with lease of watermill

May 1785: Mill lease advertised for sale along with lease of watermill

1789: Thomas Roper, miller, took on Thomas Eldred as an apprentice

1791: Thomas Roper, miller

Faden's map 1797: Mill

1803: Thomas Roper, miller

June 1819: Mill advedrtised for sale by auction as one of 5 lots after the death of Revd. Thomas Greene

1825: Thomas Roper, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Marlingford Mill

1829: Thomas Roper, miller

October 1829: Mill machinery advertised for sale by auction

c.1830: Thomas Roper insolvent and left mill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: Charles Brown, miller

Tithe Award 1839: Mill site owner: Edward Lombe; occupier: William Atmore

c.1839: Mill ceased working

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