Drainage Mills (Windpumps)
Steam Mills

Whinburgh postmill was known to be working in 1275 and probably worked for some considerable time after that.

In the 4th of Edward I ...
There was a messuage with 85 acres of land, 13 of meadow and pasture with a park and a windmill and paid 2s. per annum to the Bishop of Ely's manor of SHIPDHAM.

Blomefield's History of Norfolk - Mitford Hundred

Map c.1980
Map c.1980

Dear Mr. Apling,
Following our telephone conversation a couple of days ago, I promised to let you have some information which I have unearthed referring to the windmill in Whinburgh.
In the Terrier of the Rectory of Whinburgh for 1706, the last sentence of item 13 reads:- "The 2nd piece lyeth part in Westfield and part in Whinburgh and contains one rood thro' the midst whereof the Procession Way leadeth to your ground on which a mill formerly stood."
On the Tithe Map for Whinburgh of 1840, there is a piece of land described as "Part of Mill Hill," which is situated alongside Procession Way (nowadays known as Barn Lane locally and Field Lane on O.S. maps). As this piece of land is about the highest point in Whinburgh it would seem certain this is where the windmill once stood.
I will enclose with this letter a photocopy of the area concerned, showing where Mill Hill is.
I trust this information will be of interest to you.
Yours sincerely,

Letter from Ron Taylor to Harry Apling - 3rd March 1989

1275: Mill working

1276: Mill working

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