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Sprowston eastern tower mill stood a few yards to the east of the northern_mill on the same site and to the north of the southern_towermill. All three mills stood in the area of gravel pits, clay pits and brickfields serving much of the building needs of the city. Sprowston_postmill stood a short distance further north.

Commission of Bankrupt awarded against Robert Calver, of the City of Norwich, Miller.
London Gazette - 4th February 1826

Robert Calver of Norwich, Miller, Dealer & Chapman to surrender 17 February
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th February 1826

Oak, Ash & Elm Timber
To be Sold by Auction
By Wm. Spelman
On Friday 3 March 1826
A considerable quantity of TIMBER now lying in a yard adjoining the Mill in the occupation of Mr. ROBT. CALVER at Catton near the city, of Norwich, consisting of a quantity of . . .
Sale will commence at Ten o'clock precisely.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th February 1826

Meeting of Creditors under Bankruptcy of ROBERT CALVER of Norwich, Miller, Dealer and Chapman 27 March instant
Norfolk Chronicle - 4th March 1826

To Millers, Bakers and the Public
To be Sold by Auction
On Saturday 25 February 1826
At half past one o'clock at Mr. Squire's Granary, Dukes Palace Wharf, Norwich
By Order of the Asssignees of Mr. Robert Calver

264 Sacks of Whites, Households and Stale FLOUR
ten combs of Red Wheat, four lasts Randan,
about 600 empty Flour Sacks, Sack Barrows, Corn Screens, Ladder, Shovels, Bushels etc. etc.
The Flour and Offal will be sold in convenient Lots.
The whole may be viewed one hour previous to the Sale.

Norfolk Chronicle - 25th February 1826

Notice re Robert Calver, Norwich, Miller, bankrupt 19 January 1826.
meeting to declare a final dividend 12 December 1828.

Norfolk Chronicle - 29th November 1828

Tithe Award 1844
Map - W. S. Millard & Son, Norwich, 1843
Owner: Robert Calver
Occupier: Robert Calver
No. 415 Mills & Yard Pasture 1a. 3r. 17p. 3s. 9d.

Tithe map 1843 as redrawn by Harry Apling
Tithe map 1843 as redrawn by Harry Apling
Northern mill in red and eastern mill in blue at 415
Southern mill at 411
Sprowston postmill at 337

The Saw Mills, SPROWSTON

Mr. Butcher is instructed to Sell by Auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on Thursday 29 August 1850 at 4 o'c.
with Patent Sails, Circular Saws and Going Gear complete.
Also a Cottage with a Plantation and large Garden containing altogether nearly 2 acres.
The above Property lies at Sprowston within a mile of Magdalen Gates and is in the occupation of Mr. Robert Calver.
Particulars of Messrs. Field & Bignold, Solrs. of Mr. Butcher, Auctioneer, Norwich or of
Mr. Robert Calver who will shew the Property.
The Purchaser may have immediate possession.

Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette - 17th & 24th August 1850

Robert Calver had some time previously been at Catton_towermill. In 1851 he was given as a Mill sawyer employing 2 men, living at Rosary House, Thorpe Road with his wife Anne (55).
Some timber was stolen from him in 1851.

Stealing Timber. – On Saturday last, Wm. Hart, sawyer, of this city, was fully committed take his trial at the next quarter sessions of the county, for stealing a quantity of ash timber from the park at Melton Constable, the property of Mr. R. Calver, timber merchant, which Hart and others was employed to cut and take care of.
Norfolk Chronicle - 12th April 1851

1826: Mill working as a corn mill

February 1826: Robert Calver, miller, bankrupt

February 1826: Business effects of Robert Calver, advertised for sale by auction

O.S. map 1838: Windmill

Tithe Award 1844: Owner: Robert Calver; Occupier: Robert Calver

1844: Mill working as a sawmill

1845: Robert Calver, miller

1850: Robert Calver, miller

August 1850: Mill advertised for sale by auction along with the northern mill

September 1855: Mill advertised for sale by private contract

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