Saxlingham Thorpe


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Saxlingham Thorpe postmill had a roundhouse and milled with two pairs of 4ft 6ins French burr stones.

John Spratt took over the nearby Saxlingham_Thorpe_watermill and was working both mills by c.1795. He died in 1819, by which time he had alsotaken over Shotesham watermill and Shotesham postmill.

Notice re:-
Andrew Spratt late of Saxlingham, Miller, deceased.
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th February 1824

Water & Wind Mills, Norfolk
To be Sold by Auction By WM. BURT On Saturday 25 February 1804
At the White Hart, St. Peters, Norwich, precisely at 4 o'c
All those valuable MILLS at Saxlingham in Norfolk, in the occupation of Mr. Dennis Wright (a Bankrupt) comprising a water mill, three French stones, flour mills, cylinder and going geers, a granary and kiln to dry wheat with, a compact new built sashed dwelling house, walled in garden well planted, 5 acres of meadow and upland, spacious cart lodge and granary over over it, commodious 3-stalled stable, chaise and harness house, large stable for waggon horses, piggery and other useful buildings; also capital roundhouse windmill with two pair of French Stones 4 ft. 6 ins. wide.
The whole are calculated for a large business in a fine wheat country and adjoining the turnpike road, 7 miles from Norwich and 3 from Long Stratton.
Apply to Messrs. Foster, Son & Unthank, attornies, or the Auctioneer, Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th & 18th February 1804

Such persons as stand indebted to the Estate & Effects of Dennis Wright of Saxlingham in the county of Norfolk, Miller to pay the same to Mr. Wright, Caldecote, Mr. Beverley, of Tibenham, Mr. Forster at Lenwade_Mills in Norfolk, at the Mills at Saxlingham or to Messrs. Foster, Son & Unthank, Norwich otherwise they will be sued.
February 17, 1804.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th February 1804

Dennis Wright's Debtors
Notice is hereby given that unless the Debts due to Mr. Dennis Wright late of Saxlingham in Norfolk, Miller, (when he became bankrupt) are paid within one month to Mr. Robert Dring at Saxlingham Mill, such defaulters will be sued immediately after by Messrs. Foster, Son & Unthank, Attornies in Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 23rd June 1804

Commissioners in a commission of Bankrupt against Dennis Wright of Saxlingham, Miller, dealer and chapman to meet 12 August next ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 27th July 1805

My maternal 4xgreat grandfather was John Spratt the miller at Mulbarton, Shotesham_postmill, Shotesham watermill and Saxlingham Thorpe postmill and watermill.
Re: the details of him that are on your Mulbarton site: He was baptised on 10 February 1745/46 at Hedenham. Prior to his marriage in 1776 he was married, by licence, on 15 July 1770 to Mary Hayward, both of them widowed. Mary was buried 17 November 1773 in Mulbarton. John and Mary had three children. The only one who survived was Elizabeth (baptised 26 May 1771, died 19 July 1842), who married Jeremy Thursby on 9 October 1792. Jeremiah was buried 24 May 1795.(All these were in Mulbarton.)
John Spratt died on 23 May 1819. He was buried at Shotesham St Mary and his headstone reads Sacred to the Memory of SARAH the wife of JOHN SPRATT  who died Oct 7th 1802 Aged 47 years Also of JOHN SPRATT many years Miller in this Parish who died May 23rd  1819.
(I looked for the headstone last month but unfortunately it has "gone missing" so am relying on the Women's Institute transcription of the graveyard done in 1980. This can be found on Shotesham website under weddings!) John and Sarah had twelve children and John left the Mulbarton Mill to his eldest surviving son Andrew.

Jill Webb - 18th June 2018

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

Poll book 1768: George Watson, miller

Poll book 1786: George Watson, miller

1792: John Spratt, miller moved to Saxlingham
from Mulbarton smockmill

Poll book 1794: George Watson, miller

1795: John Spratt, miller, also Saxlingham_watermill, Shotesham watermill and Shotesham postmill.

Faden's map 1797: Mill

Poll book 1802: Dennis Wright, miller

Poll book 1804: Dennis Wright, miller

1804: Dennis Wright, bankrupt

February 1804: Mill advertised for sale by auction along with the watermill

Poll book 1804: Robert Dring, miller

23rd May 1819: John Spratt died and was buried at Shotesham St. Mary

1834: Mill replaced by a towermill

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