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Thursford postmill stood to the north of the village just to the south of the Gunthorpe Road. The mill powered French burr stones, a dressing mill and a boulting mill.

To be Sold by Auction by Henry Tagg,

On Monday the 23d of December, 1782, By Virtue of a Deed of Trust, at Mr Francis Colvin's, Miller, at his House in Thursford. All the Household Furniture, consisting of four-post Bedsteads, with Check and Cheney Furniture, Bedding, Blankets, Mahogany and other Chairs; Dining, Tea and Chamber Tables, Pier Glasses, Chest of Drawers, Bureau, 30 Hour Clock, China, Linnen, a Copper, with Brewing and Dairy Utensils; also two Road Carts, three Horses, a Foal, Ploughs, Harrows, 14 Geese, three Shots, a Stack of Hay, a Pair of capital French Stones in the Mill, with a Dressing Mill quite new, and its Furniture, and a Boulting Mill.
N.B. Notice to Creditors.
Francis Colvin, of Thursford in the County of Norfolk, Miller, having assigned over all his Effects to David Sturley, of Kettlestone, and Henry Tagg, of Walsingham, in Trust for the Benefit of his Creditors, requests them to send their Accounts; and all Persons who stand any ways indebted to Francis Colvin, are requested forthwith to pay the same to the above within fourteen Days, or they will be sued without further Notice.

Norfolk Chronicle - 21st December 1782

Notice to Creditors
FRANCIS COLVIN of Thursford in the county of Norfolk, Miller, having assigned over all his Effects to David Sturley of Kettlestone and Henry Tagg of Walsingham in Trust for the Benefit of his Creditors, requests accounts etc. within fourteen days ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th December 1782

The Creditors of FRANCIS COLVIN late of Thursford in the county of Norfolk, Miller, who have proved their Debts under the Deed of Trust will be paid their respective Dividends on Wednesday 29th Day of January instant at the Kings Head in Little Walsingham between the Hours of Ten and Six. All accounts that are not proved by the above Date will be excluded the Benefit of this Dividend.
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th January 1783

O.S. Map 2007
Image produced under licence from Ordnance Survey

White's 1836: William Bullock, farmer

White's 1864: William Bullock, farmer

1782: Francis Colvin, miller, bankrupt

December 1782: Effects of Francis Colvin advertised for sale by auction

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill (further south than Faden's map at TF98743417)

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: William Bullock jnr., corn miller

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Census 1841:

William Bullock jnr (40) miller
Mary Bullock (35)
Thomas Bullock (17)
William Bullock (2)
William Bullock snr (70) miller
Elizabeth Bullock (60)
Jane Bullock (25)

White's 1845: William Bullock, corn miller

1846: William Bullock, miller

Census 1851:

William Bullock jnr (52) b.Wighton, miller
Mary Bullock (48) b.Thursford
William Ringwood (18) b. Gt Snoring, apprentice miller
Address: Barney Road

Elizabeth Bullock (75) b.Wighton, housekeeper (mother of William Bullock jnr)
Jane Bullock (42) b.Thursford, dressmaker
Address: Thursford Hall

White's 1854: Robert Russell, corn miller

1854: Robert Russell, miller

1858: John Haines, miller & farmer

1863: John Haines, miller & farmer

1980: Mill site ploughed field

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