Ormesby St Margaret postmill


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Ormesby St Margaret was also known as Great Ormesby in the 1800s. Ormesby St Margaret post mill was mainly responsible for trade within the parish of Scratby. The mill had an iron windshaft and used 2 pairs of French burr stones, a flour mill and jumper.

Freehold Post Windmill
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Thurtell at the Kings Arms Inn, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 1st September 1830
(Under a Conveyance in Trust to Sell)
All that capital POST WINDMILL in the occupation of Mr. Samuel Roll, with Iron Shaft, two pair of French Stones, Jumper and Flour Mill, a neat new built Dwelling house, Stable, Cart lodge and other Land covering with the site of the building about 45 Rods of Land.
The above Property is Freehold and is situate in Ormesby Field, is in excellent repair and in full trade.
Apply to Mr. E. R. Palmer, Solr. or to the Auctioneer, Great Yarmouth.

Norfolk Chronicle - 21st & 28th August 1830

Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award, & Map, 1841
Owner: George Beck
Occupier: do

No. 563

House, Garden, Mill & Yards


0a. 1r. 0p.


To Millers
WANTED, an experienced MILLER for a Country Mill, no one need apply without good recommendation as to sobriety and honesty.
Address Mr. George M. Beck, Ormesby, Norfolk.
Norfolk News - 3rd January 1857

Situations Vacant
To Millers
WANTED, a STRONG LAD with good character to work in a Post Mill, must be able to grind.

Apply to Mr. George M. Beck, Ormesby.
Norfolk News - 12th March 1864

To Millers, Wheelwrights and Others
To be Sold by Private Contract
THE MACHINERY, SAILS, STONES, GEAR etc. of the Scratby Mill which fell on the 22nd inst.

Apply to Mr. G. M. Beck, Ormesby, Yarmouth.
Norfolk News - 30th March 1867

Sale by Spelmans of
Dwelling House, site of Post Windmill, now in occupation of Mr. George Beck.

Norfolk Chronicle - 8th June 1867

Freehold Post Windmill
Messrs. Spelman will Sell by Auction on Wednesday June 26 at the White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth
Dwelling house, cottage adjoining, warehouse, stable, gig house, old site of Scratby Mill and fine piece of arable land containing altogether about 5 acres, in the occupation of Mr. George Beck.
Possession at Michaelmas next.
Yarmouth Independent - 8th June 1867

Freehold Post Windmill
Messrs. Spelman will Sell by Auction on Wednesday July 3rd, 1867 at 3 for 4 o'c in the afternoon at the White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth
The HOUSE, Cottage, Warehouse, Stables, Site of the Scratby Post Windmill and valuable Arable Land, in the occupation of Mr. George Beck ...
Further particulars may be had of of Messrs. Miller & Son, Solicitors, Norwich and of the Auctioneers at Norwich and Yarmouth.
Norfolk News - 15th, 22nd & 29th June 1867

Freehold Post Windmill
Messrs. Spelman will Sell by Auction on Wednesday July 3rd 1867 at 2 for 3 o'c at the White Horse, Great Yarmouth
Lot 1. The SITE OF SCRATBY POST MILL consisting of Dwelling House, Cottage, Warehouse, Stables, Garden and Arable Land containing altogether 5a. 0r. 10p.
Particulars of Messrs. Miller & Son, Norwich and of the Auctioneers.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th June 1867

On 22nd October 1973, Miss D. A. Smith of Belton, Gt Yarmouth wrote to Harry Apling to say a Mr. E. Tennant was living at the Mill House and that the mill was near the railway station.

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

Faden's map 1797: Flour W Mill

Bryant's map 1826: Field Mill

1830: Samuel Roll, miller

August 1830: Mill advertised for sale by auction

White's 1836: George Beck, corn miller

O.S. map 1837: Windmill

Tithe Award 1841: Owner & occupier - George Beck

Census 1841:

George Beck (35) miller

Elizabeth Beck (35)

Isabella Beck (11)

Elizabeth Beck (6) not born in Norfolk

George Beck (4)

James Beck (3)

Robert Beck (25) sailor

Samuel Saunders (15) servant

Caroline Nicholls (15) servant

White's 1845: George Beck, corn miller

Census 1851:

George Beck (44) b.Sutton, miller & farmer of 250 acres employing 10 labourers

Elizabeth Beck (46) b.Loddon

Isabella Beck (21) b.Yarmouth

Elizabeth Beck (15) b.Ormesby

George Beck (15) b.Ormesby

Mary  Willis (19) b.Mautby, house servant
Address: Westend Road

White's 1854: George Morrison Beck, corn miller

c.1855: George Beck snr died

1855: George Beck's will proved

1857: George Morris Beck, miller

White's 1864: George Morris Beck, miller & farmer

1865: George Morris Beck, miller

22nd March 1867: Mill apparently collapsed one calm night

June 1867: Mill house and mill site advertised for sale by auction

O.S. Map 1884: Mill House

1973: Mr. E. Tennant, Mill House

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

Nat Grid Ref TG50931474

Top of Page

Copyright © Jonathan Neville 2004