East End


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Shipdham Mill Road mill stood on the southeast side of the village.

James Littleproud, married Mary Jarrold and she continued as miller after James died in 1850.

Robert Littleproud jnr, was the son of Robert Littleproud snr and Anne Littleproud. Robert jnr had 7 brothers James, John, William, Thomas, Jesse, Frederick and Alfred along with a least one sister, Sophia., James (b.1832, in Shipdham); John Littleproud (b.1845 in Cranworth), was the miller at Sporle_towermill; William emigrated to Canada, where he became a miller; Thomas became inkeeper & corn dealer at the Mill Inn, Stow Bedon; Jesse became miller at Shipdham, Frederick became the innkeeper at the Cattle Market Inn, Timber Hill, Norwich, while Alfred worked at and took over the Cranworth_smockmill when their father died c.1883.

Tithe map 1846
Tithe map 1846 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1846
Map - Pratt & Son, Norwich
Owner: Richard Littleproud
Occupier: do

No. 757
No. 1160

House, Shop & Garden
House, Mill & Garden


0a. 0r. 26p.
0a. 1r. 30p.


A MILL and BAKE OFFICE to be LET at Michaelmas next. Rent moderate.
Apply to Mr. Littleproud, SHIPDHAM.
Norfolk News - 6th & 20th September 1862

Wall anchors on the derelict Mill House were removed as the house was renovated in 1971. These were marked I.C. - John Clements.

My grandfather occupied this mill from 1904 - 1908. He was Frederick Ketteringham (August. 1861 - March 1942) He was a brother of Albert Ketteringham (b. Sept. 1858) who operated the Wramplingham_mill. Their mother was a Maria Littleproud (1826-1903), her father was born at Cranworth in 1800 but I do not know if they were connected to any of the Littleprouds that were millers.  
Family legend has it that my grandfather could not make it pay because of the struggle to get payment from the farmers. Unfortunately I do not have any photographs or paper work to confirm the above information. My mother (she was born in 1900) lived at the mill in Shipdham and we paid a visit to the Mill House in Mill Road shortly before she died in 1993. She spent some time at Wramplingham_Mill after 1908 and she often spoke of visiting  Cranworth.
After the mill her parents had a Laundry in the Barford area, then took on the village shop in Marlingford for 30 years from about 1920.
Brenton A. Howard - 11th June 2007

O. S. Map 1882

O. S. Map 1882
Courtesy of NLS map images

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Draught O.S. Map 1814-1818: Mill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Pigot's 1830: James Littleproud, miller, Shipdham

Greenwoods map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: James Littleproud, corn miller, East End

O.S. Map 1838: Windmill

Census 1841:

James Littleproud (75) miller
Mary Littleproud (65)
Sophia Littleproud (30)
Thomas Littleproud (20)
Address: Long Lane

John Baker (35) miller
Rebecca Baker (35)
Richardson Baker (10)
Address: Mill Street

White's 1845: John Littleproud, corn miller, East end

1846: Richard Littleproud, miller

16th March 1850: James Littleproud died

Census 1851:

Mary Littleproud (76) b.Market Weston, Suffolk, miller
Thomas Littleproud (36) b.Cranworth, miller manager
Susan Lingwood (25) b.Shipdham, general servant
William Littleproud (15) b.Cranworth, miller's servant (grandson)
Address: The Mill, Long Lane

John Barker (14) b.Shipdham, miller's apprentice (living at home, father a baker)
Address: Mill Street

1853: Thomas Littleproud, miller

Kelly's 1854: Thomas Littleproud, miller

White's 1854: Mary Littleproud, corn miller

1856: Thomas Littleproud, miller

1858: Thomas Littleproud, miller

Census 1861: Robert Littleproud, miller

September 1862: Mill and bake office advertised to be let

1863: Thomas Littleproud, miller

White's 1864: Robert Littleproud, corn miller

Kelly's 1879: Robert Littleproud, miller

Census 1881: Robert Littleproud, miller & corn dealer

O.S. map 1882: Windmill (Corn)

White's 1883: Robert Littleproud, miller, corn and coal merchant, mail contractor

1888: Exors. of Littleproud, Coal merchants

O.S. map 1891: Windmill (corn)

1971: Mill House renovated

1985: Cart shed only remaining building on mill site, now part of Grange Farm

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