Tilney St. Lawrence


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Tilney St. Lawrence towermill stood in St. John's Road. The red brick mill tower had staggered windows and the ogee cap had a gallery and a petticoat and at the top was a ball finial. Two pairs of French burr stones were powered by one pair of double shuttered and one pair of single shuttered patent sails. The sails were turned to wind by a six bladed fan.

To be Sold by Auction By WM. PATRICK On Friday 12 June 1807 at 4 o'c At the sign of the Woolpack in Terrington St. Johns, in the county of Norfolk.
All that capital new erected brick built CORN MILL situate in Tilney St. Lawrence in the said county, adjoining the turnpike road there, about eight miles from the sea port and market towns of Lynn and Wisbeach, together with the going geers, ropes tackle and fixtures thereto belonging.
And also all that new built brick and tiled sash-fronted Dwelling House ... together with 6 acres (little more or less) of excellent freehold land wheron the said house and mill stand, 3-stalled stables, outhouses and other appertenances now occupied with the same.
The Mill turns two pair of excellent French stones, is altogether one of the completest corn engines ever worked by wind, advantageously situated in the centre of a good corn country and populous neighbourhood where a large stroke of business may be carried on in the grinding and baking lines.
The whole premises may be entered on at Old Michaelmas next or sooner if required and half the purchase money remain secured thereon if any accommodation to the purchaser.
Apply to Mr. William Carter of Terrington St. Clement, farmer, or the Auctioneer, Tilney St. Lawrence.

Norfolk Chronicle - 30th May & 6th June 1807

To Millers & others
To be Sold by Auction By W. Patrick At the Rose & Crown Inn, Terrington St. Johns On Thursday 27 February 1823 between the hours of 4 and 5 o'c.
Unless sooner disposed of by Private Contract
All that excellent new built Brick WINDMILL in full trade, in the parish of Tilney St. Lawrence in the county of Norfolk, next the Turnpike Road leading to Wisbeach.
Enquire of Mr. Evans, the Proprietor, of Messrs. Jarvis, Attornies, Lynn or the Auctioneer, Clenchwarton.

Norfolk Chronicle - 22nd February 1823

1826 map as redrawn by Harry Apling - mill is to east of Five Mile Bank drain
with Terrington St John towermill to its west and
Tilney St Lawrence postmill adjacent to the Buck Inn

Insolvent Debtor. Prisoner for debt in Norwich Gaol.
John Evens (sued as John Evans) formerly of Terrington St. John, Baker and Tilney St. Lawrence, Baker, Miller and Farmer, and since a cattle jobber.

Norfolk Chronicle - 27th February 1830

To Millers
WANTED, a single young man in a PATENT SAIL WINDMILL, to board and lodge with the family. One just out of his time and accustomed to the grist trade. Good references required from last place.
Address, Mr. William Clayton, Terrington St. John, Lynn.
Lynn Advertiser - 21st October 1865

To Millers & others
To be Sold by Auction by Messrs. CASEBOW & SON
At the Globe Hotel, Kings Lynn on Tuesday 7 May 1867 at 4 for 5 o'c in the afternoon, by direction of the Trustees under the Will of Mrs. Ann Barsham, late of Fincham, deceased, the undermentioned FREEHOLD ESTATES
Situate in the respective parishes of Shouldham and Tilney St. Lawrence in the county of Norfolk in the following lots.
Lot 1. All that MESSUAGE or DWELLING HOUSE with Barn, Stables and Outbuildings, COTTAGE and excellent BRICK_TOWER_WIND-MILL with patent Sails and Going Gears complete and 43 Acres (more or less) of very superior Arable and Pasture LAND adjoining, now in the occupation of Mr. James Pollard, abutting north on the public road from Shouldham to Marham, east on lands of Sir Thos. Hare, Bart. and west on lands of J. B. Basham, Esq. and others.
Lot 2. All that Messuage or Dwelling House with WIND-MILL, Barn and Appurtenances and 6 acres (more or less) of excellent Arable LAND adjoining, now in the occupation of Mr. Wm. Pikett.
The tenants are under Notice to Quit at Michaelmas next.
Further particulars on application to Mr. John Anthony, Fincham or to the Auctioneers, Downham Market or to

Mr. Robert Pitcher,
Solr. King Street, Lynn.
April 1867.
Lynn Advertiser - 20th April & 4th May 1867

To Millers, Bakers & others
To be Sold by Auction by Mr. Egarr
At the Old Bell Inn, Wisbech St. Peter on Saturday 13 July 1867 at 4 for 5 o'c in the afternoon
All that Substantially built Brick WIND-MILL in excellent repair driving three pairs of stones, with Dressing Machine etc. and a well built DWELLING HOUSE adjoining containing six good rooms, with suitable outbuildings, Bake house and Oven, Granary, Stable, Gighouse, Cart Hovel, Pigsties, Yard and Garden planted with choice Fruit Trees, comprising altogether about 3 roods of LAND, situate in the parish of Terrington St. John, now in the occupation of Mr. William Clayton and where an excellent Miller's and Baker's business has been carried on for many years.
The above premises are copyhold of the Manor of Terrington. Fine certain. Quit rent 6d. per annum. Tithe rent charge 18s. Land Tax 17s.
Possession can be had at Michaelmas next.
For further particulars application may be had of the Auctioneer, St. John, or at the Offices, Kings Lynn and Wisbech of

Mr. Ward,
1 July 1867
Lynn Advertiser - 6th July & Wisbech Advertiser 11th July 1867

Next Monday at Terrington St. John
Will Sell by Auction on Monday 24 September 1877 upon the premises of Mr. William Clayton, whose lease expires, all his LIVE & DEAD FARMING STOCK
consisting of 9 Cart Horses and Cobs, 2 Beasts, 10 Hogs and Farming Implements
Sale at 10 o'c
Immediately after this Sale
Will Let by Auction for 4 years
All those 4 acres of arable land belonging to and in the occupation of Mr. Henry Reeder and lying immediately opposite Mr. Clayton's Mill.
Lynn Advertiser - 22nd September 1877

To be Let and entered on 11 October 1874
TOWER WIND CORN MILL, Dwelling house, two good ovens, stabling and every convenience, together with 4 acres of Grass and Arable Land.
Apply to Mrs. Seaman, sen. Tilney St. Lawrence.

Lynn Advertiser - 18th & 25th July 1874

NOTICE. A well bred Lincolnshire Hog kept.
Apply to D. Clayton, Tilney Mill.

Lynn Advertiser - 19th February 1887

Unallocated miller:

White's 1845: John Edge, corn miller & baker

Index of Wills 1847: Edward Bullen

c.1806: Mill built

May 1807: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1823: John Evans, miller

February 1823: Mill advertised for sale by auction or private contract

O.S. map 1824: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826: Windmill

White's 1836: John Tinsley, corn miller & baker

White's 1845: William Bullen, corn miller & baker

1854: William Bullen, miller

1858: John Pikett, tenant miller

White's 1864: John Pikett, corn miller

1865: William Clayton, miller & baker

1865: John Pikett, tenant miller

1867: John Pikett, tenant miller

1867: William Clayton, miller & baker

April 1867: Mill advertised for sale by auction

July 1867: Mill advertised for sale by auction

1868: William Clayton, miller

July 1874: Mill & bakery advertised to be let

1877: William Clayton, miller & baker

September 1877: Mill advertised for let by auction

Kelly's 1879: William Clayton, miller

White's 1883: William Clayton, corn miller

1887: Daniel Clayton, miller

1888: Daniel Clayton, miller

White's 1890: Daniel Clayton, corn miller

O.S. map 1891: Windmill

Kelly's 1892: Daniel Clayton, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1896: William Clayton, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1900: William Clayton, miller (wind)

Kelly's 1904: William Clayton, miller (wind)

c.1905: Herbert Cooper of Walpole Highway bought the mill

Sunday 22nd February 1908: Mill cap blown off in a heavy gale

c.1925: Mill dismantled

O.S. map 1946: Windmill

1973: David Richardson, Mill House

2011: Michael Donahue, Mill House

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