Barton Turf Post Mill

The Barton Turf Post Mill stood on the site of the Mill Garage in Smallburgh Road, but is now demolished.  A detailed history of the mill with a drawing and photograph is available on the Norfolk Mills web-site. There is also the following account taken from John Yaxley’s A Jam Round Barton Turf:

Next at the road junction, we find a small garage. ‘The Mill Garage’ which has been erected on the site of a post mill. That is a wooden structure turning on a wooden post, and as was the usual practice, the base of the post and supporting timbers were covered with a single storey brick built roundhouse, the last section of which was demolished for the erection of the garage office.

Apparently no photos or pictures of this mill exist, but memories of those now passed on tell that this mill had one pair of sails of the old pattern, when canvas was bent on to them to catch the wind, and the second pair were of the slatted vane type, developed by a Mr Cubitt from Dilham. At the end of its time this mill, as was often the case, was using one pair of sails only.

A Mr Goulder was miller here 100 years ago. followed by Mr Sam Chapman who was the last miller in the village. After the mill itself ceased working, he used the roundhouse and a two-storeyed and pitched wooden granary abutting Mill Road for the storage of flour, corn and meal which he delivered in the area by horse and cart. Sam had two daughters, Eva and Gladys, the mother of our present, 2006, taxi-driver who, as was customary then, attended the village school. Whilst there she became a pupil teacher, progressing to be teacher in the infants’ room.

The mill house, the only one on the site at that time was next occupied by Mr Capron of the local firm of Capron & Helliwell. solicitors, till the end of the ‘50s when it was bought by Ernest Wilshaw who started the garage that is still there. The petrol pumps he had put in have gone, but the garage itself has been enlarged and improved over the years.