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Crome's painting c.1816
Crome's painting c.1816

Trowse postmill was an open trestle mill that stood to the southeast of Whitlingham Hall.

Trowse postmill was for sale in 1769 when the owners had become bankrupt

To be sold by SAMPLES to the highest BIDDER.
At the house of Mr. Joseph Hunn known by the name of Hunn's Coffee House, in the Parish of St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, by Order of the Assignees of the Estate and Effects late of ROBERT ELWIN and WILLIAM ELWIN, Bankrupts, on Tuesday 19th of this Instant December, between the hours of Ten and Two of the same day, several Parcels of Wheat, Barley, Pease, Oats and some short Malt for exportation. Also a large Parcel of Coals and Cinders.
The whole may be seen at the Granaries late belonging to the said bankrupts near Conisford Gates in Norwich.
Also to be sold at the same time, TWO KEELS with the masts and appurtances thereto belonging. Also a WINDMILL at Trowse Newton, near Norwich.
Further particulars etc. may be had of Mr. William Forster, Attorney in Norwich.

Norwich Mercury - 9th & 16th December 1769

A Mr. Sayer was the miller in 1771, when he was also mentioned in connection with the sale or lease of Buck's_postmill, Lakenham. Daniel Bloom was there by 1784 and he ran the mill along with Trowse_watermill at the bottom of the hill and was listed in the 1786 Norwich Poll Book as a miller at Trowse.

On Monday last Mr Daniel Bloom, of Trowse Mills, was chosen a Common-Councilman for Conisford ward, in the room of Mr Thomas Nasmith, deceased.
Norfolk Chronicle - 25th August 1781

In the 1780s Parson James Woodforde of Weston Longville often sold grain from his glebeland to Mr. Bloome, the miller at Trowse watermill and Trowse windmill. Ben Leggett, 'my farming man' would be despatched to take the grain by horse and cart, which would often be a full day's work as can be seen from the following excerpts from Parson Woodforde's famous diary:

Oct 9th 1784
Sent ben with a Sample of Wheat to shew at Norwich to the Millers the Millers that come to the Market after Wheat,
and he returned in the Evening, and told me that he had sold it to Mr Bloom of Trowse Mills near Norwich for 26s : 6d per Coomb, to be carried to Norwich and which I think a very good Price for it - It was very good Wheat & weighed 18 Stone and half per Coomb -

Oct 13th 1784
Ben went to Norwich this Morning very early with 10 Coomb of Wheat - and he returned by 4 in the afternoon, time enough for Dinner - and brought back half a Chaldron of Coal from Locks -
He brought me also the Mony for the Wheat, at
twenty six and sixpence Pr Coomb - in all 13 : 5 : 0

Nov 3rd 1787
Sent Ben very early this Morning to Norwich with 10 Coomb of Barley full measure, that is 10 Coomb and 2 Bushels; he is to sell it for me Ben returned after 5 this Aft: with half a Chldrn of Coal - He sold my Barley to Mr Bloome who has taken the business late Mr Lock’s - he offered 10s/0d per Coomb, but Ben would not take that, but however left it with him and therefore I shall expect half guineas for the same - He received for me for the Wheat last Week from the Marlingford Miller at 18s/9d - 9 : 7 : 6 which he paid to me on his return

March 15th 1788
Sent Ben to Norwich with a sample of Wheat to Shew and likewise to get the Newspapers &c.....
Ben returned to Dinner, he sold my Wheat for 23s/6d per Coomb - to Mr Bloome of Trowse Mill nr Norwich

March 18th 1788
Sent ben early this Morning with 10 Coomb of Wheat to Trowse Mills about a mile beyond Norwich to Mr Bloom sold to him last Saturday.... Ben returned about 4 o’clock this Afternoon with 1/2 Chaldron of Coal from Mr Blooms...

Nov 12th 1791
Sent Ben very early to Norwich this Morning with 10 Coomb 2 Bshls of Wheat to Mr Bloome. He returned about 4 this Afternoon with News. He brought no Coal, tho’ ordered, there being none. He sold my Wheat at 23s/0d per Coomb and brought me home in Paper and Cash for the same ,
11 : 10 : 0. It was 6d per Coomb more than was mentioned in the Norwich Paper for this day. It was very fine Wheat.

Dec 22nd 1792
Sent Ben early this Morning to Norwich with ten Coomb of Wheat, new measure, to Mr Bloome’s, did not return till near six o’clock this Evening, the Axle-tree breaking of the Cart at Easton as he was going to Norwich but Ben’s applying to a Person of Easton by name Hammond a farmer, for a Cart or Waggon he readily lent him a Waggon which was exceeding kind of him indeed. My Cart was left on the road till Monday. Thank God! no accident happened to either Man or horse, Ben having some notice of it. Recd for my Wheat, only 10 : 0 : 0.

Dec 14th 1793
Sent Ben this Morning to Norwich with 10 Coomb of Barley, he went away before a quarter before 4.......Mr Bloome sent me a Corn Note for my Barley instead of Cash, he is to pay me 16s/0d pr Coomb which makes the 10 Coombs 8 Pounds, a very great price indeed, also new Measure. It is the dearest Barley I ever sold I think, but it was very bright and good of the kind....

[ The only occasion when JW himself visited Trowse Mill appears to have been 15 June, 1796 ]

June 15th 1796
....immediately after breakfast abt 8 o’clock , I got my little cart and drove off for Norwich, taking Briton with me, We got thither before ten o’clock. I got out of my Cart just before we entered the City, and walked down to trowse Mill to speak to Mr Bloome whom I found at home. He promised to call on me at the king’s head and settle all accounts at 3 o’clock this Afternoon.......At three this Afternoon, I went to the King’s Head and there waited till near 4 o’clock before Mr Bloome came. When he was come we soon settled Accounts. I paid him for Coals 15. 13. 6And i received of him for Corn 43. 10. 0. So that I recieved of him on balance 27. 16. 0.

[ The last vol. - Vol. 5 - of the Beresford edition of the Diary contains 43 refs. to Bloome - most concern transactions of corn and coal. ]

June 21st 1797
Sent ben early this Morning to Norwich with 10 Coomb of barley to Mr Bloome.................He brought me.. a Note from Mr Bloome of the Barley sent him at 9s/6d per Coomb only, which ought to have been at least 10/6 - and as such I intend to account with him for it.

Jan 31st 1801
Sent ben this Morning to Norwich with 8 Coomb of Wheat to Mr Bloome......Ben....brought me Cash for my Wheat from Mr Bloome at 3 : 15 : 0 pr Coomb an enormous Price I must confess indeed and sincerely wish that it might be cheaper e’er long for the benefit of the Poor who are distressed on that account...

TROWSE-MILLS, in Norwich
DANIEL BLOOM begs to inform the House Keepers in Norwich, and the Public in general, that they may be supplied with the very best FLOUR, in any quantity, from a quarter of a sack and upwards, on the very cheapest terms; all orders sent to the Mills, or to his counting-house, in the Duke's-Palace-Yard, will be punctually attended to, and their favours gratefully acknowledged by their obedient humble servant,
Norwich, Nov. 22, 1793

Norwich Mercury - 23rd November 1793

Daniel Bloom also had an interest in a Briggate_watermill and Briggate_windmill, near North Walsham, which were let several times in the late 1790's.
Trowse mill was marked on Faden's 1797 map. There was a severe flour shortage in 1800.

The arrival of upwards of 400 barrels of American Flour, of 14 stone each, and of most excellent quality, which was purchased in London by Mr. Bloom, of Trowse, has afforded a most seasonable supply to the bakers of this city, and enabled the Magistrates to set the assize of bread more advantageously for the public. The flour was sold to the bakers at 64s per barrel. We understand Mr. Bloom might have disposed of the whole, in London, at 70s. to which price it rose before it was shipped.
Norfolk Chronicle - 13th September 1800.

The mill appears in A View of Norwich from Trowse by S. Aitken Jr, which was published in 1806

Daniel Bloom's wife died on the 28th June 1808

Died. Monday last, Phoebe Bloom, daughter of Mr. Roger Kerrison, late of Kirstead, and wife of Mr. D. Bloom, of Trowse-Mills, after a long and declining illness, aged 50.
Norfolk Chronicle - 2nd July 1808

Daniel Bloom was declared bankrupt in August 1808

ALL Persons standing indebted to the estate and effects of DANIEL BLOOM, of Trowse Millgate, in the county of the city of Norwich, and of the city of Norwich, merchant, dealer, and chapman, (the surviving partner of Sir Roger Kerrison, Knight, deceased) trading under the firm of Daniel Bloom and Co. against whom a commission of bankrupt hath lately been awarded and is now in prosecution, are requested forthwith to pay their respective debts to Mr. Robert Mason, of Norwich, one of the assignees under the said commission. August 3d, 1808.
Norfolk Chronicle - 6th August 1808

Creditors of Daniel Bloom and Co.
The joint Creditors of DANIEL BLOOM and Co. who have proved their debts under a commission of bankrupt, issued against Daniel Bloom, of Trowse Millgate, Norwich, merchant, dealer, and chapman, (the surviving partner of Sir Roger Kerrison, Knight, deceased) may receive a dividend of five shillings in the pound on their respective debts, upon application to us any Tuesday. Thursday, or Saturday, between the hours of ten and two o'clock.
BARBER & CRANCH, Solicitors
Union Court, Broad Street, London, Feb. 9th, 1809.
Norfolk Chronicle - 18th February 1808

Daniel Bloom seems to have become bankrupt a second time in 1814

WHEREAS a Commission of Bankrupt is awarded and issued forth against DANIEL BLOOM, of Trowse Millgate, in the county of the city of Norwich, Merchant, dealer and chapman, and he being declared a Bankrupt, is hereby required to surrender himself to the Commissioners in the said Commission named, or the major part of them, on the thirtieth day of December instant, and the seventh day of January next, and the fourth day of February next, at four o'clock in the afternoon of each of the said days, at the Rampant Horse Inn, situate in the parish of Saint Stephen, in the city of Norwich, and make a full discovery and disclosure of his Estate and Effects, when and where the Creditors are to come prepared to prove their debts, and at the second sitting to choose Assignees, and at the last sitting the said Bankrupt is required to finish his examination, and the Creditors are to assent to, or dissent from the allowance of his certificate. All persons indebted to the said Bankrupt, or have any of his effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to whom the Commissioners shall appoint, but give notice to Mr. William Rackham, Solicitor, in Norwich.
Norfolk Chronicle - 24th December 1814

Daniel Bloom's effects were auctioned on the 25th January 1815 but contained nothing connected with the milling trade

The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt, bearing date the 17th day of December 1814, awarded and issued against DANIEL BLOOM, of Trowse Millgate, in the county of the city of Norwich, Merchant, Dealer and Chapman, intend to meet on the 31st of October instant, at four o'clock in the afternoon, at the Rampant Horse Inn, in the parish of Saint Stephen, in the city of Norwich, to make a Dividend of the Estates and Effects of the said Bankrupt; when and where the creditors who have not already proved their debts, are to come prepared to prove the same, or they will be excluded the Norwich of the said dividend; and all claims not proved then will be disallowed.
SIMPSOM and RACKHAM, Solicitors.

Norfolk Chronicle - 28th October 1815

George Vincent's drawing August 1818
George Vincent's drawing August 1818

Daniel Bloom died in February 1827 and his daughter died in January 1858

On the 7th inst., at Great Yarmouth, Mary, daughter of the late Mr. Daniel Bloom, aged 75.
Norfolk Chronicle - 16th January 1858

James Bell took Trowse mills in 1815; having moved from the Steam mill in St. Andrews, which was the first in the city, having been built in 1804 and which was then being dismantled. It is not known whether or not he ran the windmill.

Robert Ladbrooke painting c.1840
Robert Ladbrooke painting c.1840

John Crome's painting "A Windmill near Norwich" which is often wrongly said to be Sprowston_mill, is in fact of Trowse Mill. Confirmation is given by George Vincent's drawing (see top of page) dated August 1818, which has "To Crown Point" on the signpost in the foreground, which is not quite legible on Crome's painting

Your entry for this notes that it was painted by Crome. I think it is also pictured in Thomas Lound's 'Mill near Mousehold' in the Norwich Castle Museum. Lound exhibited a drawing of Trowse Mill at the Norwich Society in 1833, and this may be the Castle Museum drawing.
Robin N. Campbell - 18th November 2008

1769: Robert & William Elwin, bankrupt

December 1769: Effects of Robert & William Elwin, including the mill advertised for sale by auction

1771: Mr. Sayer, miller

1781: Daniel Bloom, miller

1784: Daniel Bloom, miller

1786: Daniel Bloom, miller

1787: Daniel Bloom, miller

1788: Daniel Bloom, miller

1791: Daniel Bloom, miller

1793: Daniel Bloom, miller

Faden's map 1797: Windmill

1800: Daniel Bloom, miller

1802: Daniel Bloom, miller

August 1808: Daniel Bloom, miller, bankrupt

1814: Daniel Bloom, miller, bankrupt for second time

1815: James Bell, miller

George Vincent's drawing 1818: Windmill

Bryant's map 1826:
Mill Pit but mill not marked

February 1827: Daniel Bloom died

1st January 1845: Report that the mill was blown down by a gale

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