Salhouse postmill


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Salhouse post windmill stood on Mill Hill to the northeast side of the village. The mill had a roundhouse and drove two pairs of stones.

SALHOUSE. Windmill and land and premises
Fras. Clowes is favoured with directions to dispose of by Public Auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich, on Saturday July 26, 1856 the unexpired term of five years of an occupational lease of six acres of land with the premises and the entire interest in an excellent windmill with all the going gear, roundhouse and works, driving two pairs of stones and now doing a good trade and to be removed at the expiration or sooner determination of the term.
Apply to the Auctioneer, St Andrews Hall, Plain, Norwich.

Norfolk Chronicle - 28th June, 5th & 12th July 1856

Situations Vacant
WANTED, a First Class MILLER.
Apply by letter or personally to A. R., care of Mr. Bowen, Salhouse or at Stand 69 Corn Exchange, Norwich.
Norfolk News - 13th October 1866

To Let with immediate possession, the above, driving two pairs of Stones and adjoining thereto 6 acres of Arable Land, now in the occupation of Alfred Everett
Apply to H. Howlett, Harstead.

Norfolk Chronicle - 12th July 1873

Although by no means certain, it seems to be the most logical option that Benjamin Bowen was occupying Salhouse towermill in 1851 before moving to the postmill by 1853.

O. S. Map 1881
O. S. Map 1881
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. Map 2008
O.S. Map 2008
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

White's 1836: Benjamin Bowen, baker

Census 1851: Thomas Ellis (62) b.Ludham, millwright
Susanna Ellis (62) b.Hummersfield, Suffolk
Benjamin Ellis (22) b.Ludham, agricultural
Address: Lower Street

White's 1854: Benjamin Bowen, grocer, draper & baker
White's 1854: Misses Sarah & Hannah Bowen, boarding & day school

White's 1864: Benjamin Bowen, grocer, draper
White's 1864: Sarah Bowen, boarding school, Willowbank

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: Sampson Littlewood, corn miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

White's 1845: Sampson Littlewood, corn miller

1846: Sampson Littlewood, miller

Census 1851: Sampson Littlewood (46) b.Upton, miller employing 1 labourer
Sophia Littlewood (46) b.Wroxham
Sampson W. Littlewood (11) b.Salhouse, scholar
Sophia Littlewood (8) b.Salhouse, scholar
Address: Mill Hill

George Wright (35) b.Salhouse, miller
Elizabeth Wright (33) b.Denton
Sarian Wright (7) b.Salhouse, scholar
Sophia Wright (5) b.Salhouse
William Wright (3) b.Salhouse
John Wright (86) b.Blickling, pauper, formerly labourer (father)
Address: Lower Street

1853: Benjamin Bowen, miller

Kelly's 1854: Benjamin Bowen, baker, grocer, draper & miller

June 1856: Mill advertised for sale by auction and to be removed by 1861

1866: Benjamin Bowen, miller

1873: Alfred Everett, miller

1872: Alfred Everett, miller

1878: Alfred Everett, miller

July 1873: Mill advertised to be let

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