Moulton St. Mary


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Mill working - c.1890

Moulton St. Mary post windmill had a black mill buck set on a roundhouse and stood beside the mill house. One pair of double shuttered patent sails and one pair of common sails powered 2 pairs of stones and a six bladed fan was mounted on a tailpole behind the mill.

To Millers
To Let with possession at Michaelmas next
A POST WINDMILL with good roundhouse, driving two pairs of stones, with 3 acres of Arable Land, situate at Moulton near Acle.
Apply to J. Youngs Wickhampton.
Norfolk News - 3rd October 1863

TO BE LET with Immediate Possession
A MESSUAGE, WINDMILL and 3a. 0r. 32p. of LAND at Moulton in Norfolk, now in the occupation of John Youngs.
For further particulars apply to Mr. Jas. Youngs of Wickhampton in Norfolk, Farmer.
Norfolk News - 3rd & 10th October & 9th December 1863

To be Let
nd 32p. of Land at Moulton in Norfolk, now in the occupation of John Youngs.
For further particulars apply to Mr. R. H. Reeve, Solicitor, Lowestoft or to Mr. James Youngs of Wickhampton in Norfolk, Farmer.
Norfolk News - 10th September 1864

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

For a few years now I have been writing a history of my old company Messrs Broom and Wade Ltd of High Wycombe (now defunct) 1898 - 2006. One of the founders, Harry Skeet Broom was born at Moulton St Mary and his grandfather was John Broom 1807 - 1873 the miller at the post mill. Harry Broom 1875 - 1967 never knew his grandfather, and he lost his own father (also named John Broom 1836 - 1881 ) at the age  of 5/6. The father was farmer of 609 acres.
The 1841 census captures John Broom and noted as a miller at Moulton, and in 1851 he is noted as a farmer. This marries in  line with your references for the post mill.  John Broom aged 34  in 1841 appears to have an assistant miller - Thomas Napp, who in 1851 census is a journeyman miller over at Loddon.
In 1938 40 years after the founding of the company the first recall of the how the company started get to be noted down by Harry Brown. One of the things mentioned was that his grandfather was a 'constructor and repairer of windmills'.
Until I saw your website on the post mill I had taken the construction / miller aspect as being one of the water pumping mills that abound the area.
My question to you is how assured can I be that John Broom was a constructor of windmills ?? Where did the division of the constructor of the mill and the operator of the mill occur. Were there masons and carpenters specialising in mill construction, and the millers were the users only.

Peter Tozer - 8th October 2012
Millwrights - JJN

White's 1864: Edward Youngs, carrier

Census 1851: John Broom, farmer

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Poll Book 1830: John Broom, miller

White's 1836: John Broom, corn miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Census 1841: John Broom (34) miller
Thomas Napp, assistant miller (Census 1851: journeyman miller at Loddon)

White's 1845: John Broom, miller

1846: John Broom, miller

1853: Charles Beck, miller

White's 1854: Charles Beck, miller

1858: John Youngs, miller

1863: John Youngs, tenant miller

October 1863: Mill advertised to be let

White's 1864: John Youngs, miller

September 1864: Mill advertised to be let

1865: John Youngs, miller

1868: John Rumbold, miller

1872: John Gaff, miller

Kelly's 1879: John Gaff, miller

White's 1883: John Gaff, corn miller

O.S. map 1885: Windmill

White's 1890: John Disney, corn miller

Kelly's 1892: George Disney, miller (wind)

If you have any memories, anecdotes or photos please let us know and we may be able to use them to update the site. By all means telephone 07836 675369 or

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