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Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Thetford Norwich Road postmill stood at Mill Farm in Thetford St. Mary on the south side of the town. Originally, Thetford St. Mary was in Suffolk but became part of Norfolk, probably in 1891.

During most of its working life, the mill was in the county of Suffolk, but Thetford Warren, together with that part of Thetford south of the Little Ouse River - formerly the county boundary - was taken into Norfolk as a result of the Local Government Act of 1888. Possibly with effect from 1891.
Harry Apling - c.1980

Tithe Award map1847 - redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe Award map1847 - redrawn by Harry Apling

Tithe Award 1846 THETFORD ST. MARY
Map, C. S. Morris, Thetford, 1847
Owner: Hon. Francis Baring

No. 19
No. 20

Occupier: Thomas Parry
Occupier: Nathan Flack


8a. 0r. 11p.
2a. 0r. 7p.



Mill shown on No. 20

At Thetford during the gale on Sunday March 24 the sails were torn from Mr. W. Mayes' Mill on London Road.
Ipswich Journal - 30th March 1895

White's 1883: Mrs. Mary Ann Kimm, Pike lane
White's 1883: John Woods, beerhouse, Duke's Head, Minster Gate street
White's 1883: John Woods & Son (Walter John) millwrights & machinists

White's 1890: Walter John Woods, millwright & engineer, White Hart street; h Mill house, London road

Kelly's 1892: John Mayes, engine fitter, New road, Station road

Kelly's 1896: James Mayes, game food manufacturer, London road

Kelly's 1900:
James Mayes & Sons, game food manufacturers, corn merchants & millers (water & steam) Thetford water mills

O. S. Map 1882
O. S. Map 1882
Courtesy of NLS map images

O. S. Map 1903
O. S. Map 1903
Courtesy of NLS map images

O.S. map 1836: Windmill

White's 1836: Harvey Perry, corn miller Great Magdalen st

1839: Harvey Perry, miller

1840: Harvey Perry, miller

Tithe Award 1846: Occupier: Hon. Francis Baring; Occupier: Nathan Flack

1850: Harvey Perry, miller

Index of Wills 1851: Nathan Flack, miller

Index of Wills 1854: Harvy Parry, miller

White's 1854: Susan Perry, corn miller, White Hart St

1858: Thomas Kimm, miller

1863: Thomas Kimm, miller

1864: Thomas Kimm, corn miller, London rd

1865: Thomas Kimm, miller

1868: Thomas Kimm, miller

1872: Thomas Kimm, miller

1875: Thomas Kimm, miller

1878: Thomas Kimm, miller

Kelly's 1879: Thomas Kimm, miller, London Road

O.S. map 1882: Windmill (Corn)

1883: Thomas Kimm, miller

O.S. map 1884: Windmill

1888: Walter Woods, miller

1891: William Mayes, miller & farmer

Kelly's 1892: William Mayes, miller (steam) & farmer, London road

1895: William Mayes, miller

30th March 1895: Sails torn off mill in a gale

Kelly's 1896: William Mayes, miller (steam) & farmer, London road

O.S. map 1903: Windmill (Disused)

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