Croxton Road


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Thetford Croxton Road postmill stood on the north side of the town, close to the railway bridge and was probably an open trestle mill. The mill used 4 patent sails to power 2 pairs of stones that were set head and tail i.e. one pair at the front of the mill buck and the other pair at the back.

Boundary Commission map c.1831 - as redrawn by Harry Apling
Boundary Commission map c.1831 - original S. A. Rumball, redrawn by Harry Apling
Croxton Rd postmill to the north and Norwich Road mill to the southeast

Thomas, Bilham, of Thetford, Norfolk, Miller and Baker, bankrupt. Final Order 28 October inst.
London Gazette - 12th October 1852

George W. Salter is favoured with instructions to Sell by Auction (without reserve) on Monday October 3 at the Bell Inn, Thetford at 5 o'c
Situated near the Railway Bridge on the road leading from Thetford to Croxton late in the occupation of Mr. Bilham and fitted with four spring sails, head and tail stones, flour mill, head wheel with cast iron bevil segments and bevil nuts, cast iron tail wheel with bevel segments and English oak crosstrees and Spars (nearly new).
The Mill to be taken down and removed at the purchaser's expense.

Norfolk Chronicle - 1st October 1853

Poll Book 1802: William Hollingsworth, miller

1822: Mary Hollingsworth, miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Pigot's 1830: Mary Hollingsworth, miller, Croxton road

Survey of Thetford 1835: Windmill

O. S. map 1836: Windmill

White's 1836: Mary Hollingsworth, corn miller, Croxton road

1839: Mary Hollingsworth, miller

1840: Mary Hollingsworth, miller

White's 1845: William Oldman jun., miller, Croxton road

1846: William Oldman jun., miller

1850: James Bilham, miller

1852: Thomas Bilham, miller, bankrupt

October 1853: Mill advertised for sale by auction to be dismantled and removed by purchaser

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