Harleston Jay’s Green Towermill

Harleston towermill stood on the corner of Candlers Lane, Jay’s Green, Harleston.

The five storey mill had 3 pairs of French burr stones that were powered by 4 double shuttered patent sails, each with 8 bays of 3 shutters and 1 bay of 4 shutters.

The boat shaped cap held an 8 bladed fan.

A portable steam engine was supplying auxiliary power to the mill in 1861.


1916: Mill taken down, although in good order, by Knights of Harleston but the Mill House remained.

News from the past . . .

Police accomplice in case of corn robberies.
Charge by Suffolk Police not proceeded with.
Norfolk News – 12th January 1861

J. Caley Respectfully announces the undermentioned
during the next month at HARLESTON

A Neat Dwelling House & Garden. Capital Brick Tower Windmill with 3 pairs of stones and a Cottage in four tenements, the property of the late Mr. William Barber.
Messrs. Carthew & Fox Solrs.
Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News – 18th May 1861

The Bankruptcy Act 1861
Notice of Sittings for Last Examination
BALE KNIGHTS late of Harleston in the County of Norfolk, Miller & now a prisoner of debt in the Gaol of the City of Norwich having been adjudged Bankrupt under a Petition for Adjudication of Bankruptcy filed in the Court of Bankruptcy for the London District on the 18th day of March…
A public sitting for the said Bankrupt to pass his last examination.
Norfolk News – 19th April 1862

To be let
A Capital BRICK TOWER WINDMILL driving three pairs of French stones with all the requisite machinery & well situated for trade, near the terminus of the Waveney Valley Railway at Harleston.
Possession at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. Muskett, Harleston.
Norfolk Chronicle – 6th September 1866

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