Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
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Watlington postmill was working during at least the 1600s and 1700s. It was eventually replaced by a new towermill that was built beside it by Osborne Heading in 1824.

To be LETT and Entered upon at Michaelmas next, at Watlington, near Downham Market, Norfolk.
A LARGE and well accustomed Windmill, with a Dwelling House, Shop and other Conveniences, together with 4 Acres of Grass Land thereto belonging.
For Particulars enquire of Mr. William Rogerson at Narford near Swaffham in the county aforesaid.
Norwich Mercury - 9th & 16th August 1755

Notice to Debtors and Creditors
Thomas Shorten of Watlington, Norfolk, Miller, having assigned over his estate and effects to his principal creditors in trust for the benefit of the whole ...
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th October &
1st October 1794

Will of Henry Dynes

In the name of God amen I Henry Dynes of Stoke Ferry in the County of Norwich do make this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) First I give and devise unto Harriet my wife all and every my messuages or tenements windmill with the tackle and going gears to the same belonging land herdilaments and premises with their appententences situated lying and being in Stoke Ferry aforesaid or any parish or place thereunto or area adjoining To hold the same unto the said Harriet my wife and her assigns for and during the term of her mortal life she keeping the said messuages or tenements and buildings mill and premises in good and tenantable repair from and immediately after her disease I give and devise the said messuages or tenements Mill land and premises with their .. Appententences unto Henry Dynes and Francis Dynes my two sons their heirs and assigns as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and as to all my stocks in trade income of my trade book debts and chattels monies crops of corn growing and severed at the time of my decease and all other my personal --- estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever the same may be I give and bequeath the same unto my executrix and executor and the survivor of them upon the trusts and to and for the intents and purposes hereinafter --- mentioned (that is to say) upon trust that they will as soon as conveniently can be after my - decease get in and convert the said personal estate and effects unto the most ready money that can or may be made of the same and in the first place do and shall pay thereout all my just debts my funeral expenses the expense of the probate of this will and all other incidental charges and encumbrances and then upon trust to pay the residue and remainder of the said monies to arise as aforesaid to the said Harriet my wife her executor and administrators to and for he own use and benefit my said wife maintaining educating and supporting my said children and putting placing and apprenticing them respectively in or to any trade business or employment as to my said wife shall seem meet and I appoint the said Harriet my wife and Osborne Heading of --- Watlington in the said county miller my brother in law executrix and executor of this my will and I direct my said wife shall have the custody tuition and guardianship of my said children during their respective minorities and I revoke all former wills by me made and declare this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Henry Dynes the testator have to this my last will and testament contained in this one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this seventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four.
Hy Dynes SS
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry Dynes the Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have inscribed our names as witness hereto
Wm Miller of Stoke Ferry
Rogr Micklefield of Stoke Ferry
Jas Clarke of same
Will of Henry Dynes - proved 18th May 1827

James Clarke owned the Beer House in Stoke Ferry
Roger Micklefield was the local solicitor

This will was proved at Wareham on the 18th day of May 1827 before the Revd James Royle Clk surrogate duly appointed of the Worshipful William George Clk AM Official principal of the Episcopal Consistorial Court of Norwich lawfully constituted and was approved etc & administered of all & singular the good etc of the within named Henry Dynes the Testator deceased was then duly granted to Harriet Dynes widow his relict and Osborn Heading Testator's brother in law the executrix and executor with named they being duly sworn & saving &

Examined with the original will by me
John Howard


White's 1836: John Heading & Robert Roberts, butchers

Index of Wills 1702: Peter Goodrich, miller

Index of Wills 1735: Henry Fyson, miller

August 1755: Mill advertised to be let with house and shop

1794: Thomas Shorten, miller, insolvent

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

Poll Book 1802: John Lewis, miller

1824: Osborne Heading, miller

18th May 1827: Will of Henry Dynes, proved

White's 1836: Osborne Heading, corn miller

White's 1845: Osborn Heading, corn miller

1846: Osborne Heading, miller

1847: Mill taken down to make way for new towermill

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