Tuesday, 29 March 2016


In the February 25th 2016 issue of the Website Extra there was a query from Graham Haslam about the Sawley Windmill. When the Windmill cottages were being renovated recently by my neighbour I researched the history for him. I have attached the information.
Anne Higton


The windmill was sited where the twitchell crosses Hawthorne Avenue now. The millers cottage is on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Tamworth Road opposite the Royal Oak and is now two cottages. These have recently been renovated and are now painted white.

The cencus of 1841 shows William Allen who was the miller living in the cottage with his wife Hannah and 5 children. Hannah died in 1847. In 1851 William Allen was living with his mother Sarah (who is shown as formerly the millers wife - could Williams father have been the miller before him) and 7 children.
In 1861 William Allen is married to Dinah and has 3 children living with them in the cottage. His occupation is still shown as ‘Miller’as is his 17 year old son, John.
In 1871 William and Dinah Allen have left the cottage and are living in Longmoor Lane, Breaston. His occupation is still shown as ‘Miller‘.
Richard Bradshaw and his wife Sarah are living in the Millers cottage - shown as ‘The Old Mill House’ on the cencus. He is a farmer of 26 acres.
It would seem that the mill stopped working between 1861 and 1871.