Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Stiffkey was originally pronounced Stewkey and still is by some locals. A postmill was working in Stiffkey in the 1200s and could well have stayed working on the same site for several hundred years, having been rebuilt and updated on several occasions.

A few years ago an old Terrier of Stiffkey came into my possession on the purchase of a collection of early Norfolk charters. It dates from the reign of Edward the First, 1272-1307 ...
tempe E pm f Henr terij
(Henry reigned 1216-1272)
Wyllm Turtevyll and Wyllm Hevynhgm heldeth in the towne of Styfkey ...
And j watermyll and Anoder Wyndemyll
Norfolk Archaeology, H. L. Bradfer-Lawrence - 1928

Baking Office to be Let and Entered upon at Michaelmas next
An old established Baking Office at STIFFKEY 4 miles from each of the Ports of Wells and Blakeney.
A Hill where a windmill has stood many years about 100 yards from the Office may be had if required.
Enquire of Mr. John Allen, Stiffkey.

Norfolk Chronicle - 6th August 1836

c.1216 - 1272: Windmill & watermill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

August 1836: Bake office and hill where windmill once stood advertised to be let

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