Sedge Fen Drove


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Southery Sedge Fen Drove smock mill stood well to the southwest of the village on the opposite side of the road to Horse_Fen_drainage mill. The mill used two pairs of stones and a boulting mill. The mill may well have originally have been built as a drainage mill.

Is Instructed to Sell by Auction shortly
A VALUABLE ESTATE Comprising SEDGE FEN MILL with House and Premises
and 114a. 2r. 20p. (more or less) of
Further particulars next week.
Offices, Downham Market & Bank Chambers, Kings Lynn.
Norfolk Chronicle - 26th April 1788

SOUTHERY, Norfolk Equidistant between Ely and Downham Market
114a. 2r. 29p. of superior ACCOMMODATION ARABLE & OLD PASTURE LAND with Farm House, Homesteads and a Smock Tower WIND MILL, known as SEDGE FEN MILL, having a capital grist trade which
Is instructed to Sell by Auction at the Castle Hotel, Downham Market on Friday August 5, 1887 at 3 for 4 o'c, in the following lots.
Lot 5.
All that excellent four sail WIND MILL known as "Sedge Fen" Mill driving two pair of mill stones, bolting machine, with all the driving gear, having an excellent grist trade.
DWELLING HOUSE ... farm premises, boarded and tiled barn, chaff house, turf shed, grinding house, cart lodge and mangold house, two enclosed yards with open sheds, cow house and piggeries and three enclosures of ARABLE LAND containing 11a. 2r. 22p. (more or less) being part of Nos. 413, 416 & 417 on the tithe map of the parish of Southery, abutting north upon Sedge Fen Drove, south east upon lands of Mr. John Sayle and upon land of \Mr. E. Foster, west. In the occupation of Mrs. Harris.
lot 6.
... ARABLE LAND 9a. 3r. 3p. more or less ... In occupation of Mrs. Harris.
N.B. There is a capital bed of very superior blue clay under all these lands.
Particulars of Mr. Charles Hawkins, Land Agent & Surveyor, Downham Market & Bank Chambers or of

Mr. J. J. Nunn,
Vendor's Solr. Downham Market.
Lynn Advertiser - 16th, 23rd & 30th July 1887

Lots 5, 6, 9, & 10 not having been sold by Auction may be treated for Private Contract.
Apply Chas. Hawkins, Downham Market or

Jno. J.Nunn,
Solr. Downham Market.
Lynn Advertiser - 17th September 1887

Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1838 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
N.B. Sedge Fen Drove smockmill was actually on the south side of the road and further to the east

Tithe Award 1838
Map 1838
Owners: Commissioners of New Fen District
Occupier: do

No. 420

Sedge Fen Mill & Yards
part of


0a. 0r. 10p.
0a. 3r. 5p.
0a. 3r. 5p.

1s. 9d.

O. S. Map 1886
O. S. Map 1886
Courtesy of NLS map images

O. S. Map 1900
O. S. Map 1900
Courtesy of NLS map images

White's 1883: Mrs. Martha Harris, farmer & landowner

Kelly's 1904: William Payne, farmer

Kelly's 1908: William Payne, farmer

Kelly's 1912: William Payne, farmer

Kelly's 1916: William Payne, farmer

O.S. map 1824: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

1853: John Pickett, miller

White's 1854: John Pickett, corn miller

1858: Thomas Harris, miller

White's 1864: Thomas Harris, snr. corn miller
& farmer

1879: Thomas Harris, snr. miller & farmer

O.S. map 1886: Windmill (Corn)

1887: Mrs. Martha Harris, miller

July 1887: Mill advertised for sale by auction

September 1887: Mill advertised for sale by private contract having not been sold at auction

1888: Mrs. Martha Harris, miller

White's 1890: Thomas Harris, jun.
farmer & miller

Kelly's 1892: Thomas Harris, jun. miller (wind)

Kelly's 1896: Thomas Harris jun. miller (wind & steam)

O.S. map 1900: Windmill (Disused)

Kelly's 1900: William Payne, farmer & miller (steam & wind)

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