Mill Road


Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Tibenham post windmill was set on a roundhouse that Harry Apling suggested may have been square. The mill used 2 patent sails each with 8 bays of 3 shutters and 2 common sails to power two pairs of stones and a flour dresser. The mill had a leanto porch and was turned to wind with a tailpole.

During most of the 1800s the trade directories spelt Tibenham as Tibbenham. Kelly's directory of 1879 appears to be the first to drop the second T and also mentions the alternative spelling of Tybenham.

To be Sold by Private Contract & Taken Immediately
A POST WIND-MILL in good repair with two pair of Stones & a Flour Mill, well situated for business in the parish of Tibenham, near New Buckenham, Norfolk.
N.B. An house to be let by the Mill.
Enquire of Samuel Heffer at the said Mill.
Norfolk Chronicle - 27th September 1794

When William Lant of Forncett_St._Peter_smockmill died intestate in March 1842, his apprentice miller son, George Lant, aged 16, swore on a bond that his father was his lawful father and a widower. In 1843, administration was then given to George Lant, also miller of Forncett_St_ Peter, together with Joseph Lant & Timothy Lant, respectively, milllers of Tibenham. George and Joseph signed the administration and Timothy made his mark. At that time Joseph would have been aged 36 and Timothy aged 79.

Timothy Lant (b.1762) miller of Bawburgh was the father of Joseph Lant.

Joseph Lant's daughter Sarah Ann, married William Gallant Duffield in June 1868 and they had a son, William Lant Duffield in March 1869.

The post mill stood in north west corner of the front garden by the road.
Albert William Brown, Mill House, Mill Road - 28th April 1971

1794: Samuel Heffer, miller

September 1794: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

Faden's map 1797: Wind Mill

1803: Joseph Lant snr., miller

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

Greenwood's map 1834: Windmill

White's 1836: Joseph Lant, miller

Census 1841: Joseph Lant (35) miller
Mary Lant (35)
William Lant (6)
Timothy Lant(4)
Elizabeth Lant (3)
Sarah Lant (1)
Timothy Lant (78) independent
Address: Mill Road

White's 1845: Joseph Lant, corn miller

Census 1851: Joseph Lant (44) miller
Mary Lant (44)
John Lant (14)
Elizabeth Lant (12)
Sarah A. Lant (10)
Priscilla Lant (8)
Address: Mill Road

White's 1854: Joseph Lant, corn miller

White's 1864: Joseph Lant, corn miller

1878: Joseph Lant, miller

Kelly's 1879: John Gurling, farmer & miller

White's 1883: J. F. Gurling, farmer & miller, Manor huse

O.S. map 1885: Windmill

White's 1890: Simon Moss, farmer & miller

c.1891: Mill ceased working

1971: Albert William Brown, Mill House

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