Stoke Ferry


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Stoke Ferry postmill stood on the east side of the Boughton Road and was possibly working earlier than its first record in 1824.

O.S. Map 2010
O.S. Map 2010
Image reproduced under licence from Ordnance Survey

My Great Great Grandfather was John Gleaves, who with his son James operated the Denver mill for many years.  John’s daughter was Sarah Gleaves,  who married my Great Grandfather William Henry Rose, a large farmer at Ten Mile Bank.  We have carried out a wide amount of family history on all sides of our family, including greatly the Gleaves connection, and it would be very good to exchange info with Sally Leaworthy in particular.  The name Porter is frequently encountered around Hilgay, Southery, and Ten Mile Bank.
As a matter of further interest, we are related to the Pollards, (through my Proctor grandmother), who operated the mill at Stoke Ferry - we are not so forward with our searches in that direction just yet.

Anthony Rose - 12th November 2014

O.S. map 1824: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: William Pollard, corn miller & baker

Census 1841:

William Pollard (35), miller
Rebecca Pollard (35)
William Pollard (15)
Robert Pollard (6)
Henry Pollard (1)
John Riches (20) servant

White's 1845: William Pollard, corn miller & baker

c.1846-1850: William Pollard snr and William Pollard jnr

Census 1851: William Pollard (45) b.Shouldham, miller

White's 1854: William Pollard, corn miller & baker

White's 1864: Thomas Pollard, miller & baker

1850-1868: William Pollard jnr

Census 1861: William Pollard jnr

c.1862: Mill replaced by a towermill

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