Terrington St John


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Terrington St John smockmill stood in Mill Road and was operating during the 1800s using common sails.

To be Sold by Private Contract and Entered upon immediately
All that MESSUAGE or TENEMENT and 3 roods of land (more or less) under the same together with a Smock Wind Mill erected thereon, mill stones, sail cloths, implements, going geers, furniture and appurtenances to the same belonging, situate and being in Terrington St. John in the county of Norfolk near the turnpike road from Lynn to Wisbech.
The underworks of the mill are entirely new and half the purchase money may remain on security of the premises.
Apply to Mr. Henry Wright of Clenchwarton near Lynn. .
Norfolk Chronicle - 11th November 1809

Tithe map 1841
Tithe map 1841 - as redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1841
Map 1841
Owner: Joseph Bush Cox
Occupier: George Bush Cox

No. 1218

Old Sibley Field,

parts of

0a. 3r. 9p.
2a. 3r. 4p.
£1. 8s. 8d.


Joseph Bush Cox married Elizabeth Johnson on 27th October 1814 in Terrington St. John.  He wrote a will on 17th December 1836 and died on 20th December 1846 with his will being subsequently proved on 3rd March 1847. In his will Joseph Cox left property in trust to two people including Benjamin Johnson, Bart, for division amongst his children: A married daughter, Mary Brett and sons  John Bush Cox, George Bush Cox, and Joseph Bush Cox along with another daughter Emma Cox. On 13th December 1841 he gave a codicil, in which he mentioned that the cornmill was in the occupation of his son George Bush Cox but that he should pay £200.00 from his share if he wanted to keep it. 

White's 1836: William Gatherwood, drain & mill work contractor

White's 1845: Mr. Joseph Bush Cox, freeholder
White's 1845: William Gatherwood, builder, & drain & mill work contractor

November 1809: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

O.S. map 1824: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Wells' Bedford Level map 1829: Windmill

White's 1836: Joseph Bush Cox, miller & baker (freeholder)

1841: George Bush Cox, miller

20th December 1846: Joseph Bush Cox died

Index of Wills 1847: Joseph Bush Cox, miller

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