I thought I would reblog this post from 2014 to go with my recent one on windmill headstones.
This headstone in Hilgay Churchyard, Norfolk, jumped straight out at me when I walk around the corner of the church, I have never seen one like it before. I was quite fascinated by it and wondered if John Whittome had been a miller. So I did a bit of researching to day and found out quite a lot of John Whittome, who was a Millwright and also became a Miller.
In loving memory of John Whittome died May 10th 1891 aged 74 years also of Elizabeth his wife died March 31st 1894 aged 76 years God is love
John Whittome died in 1891 and was buried in Hilgay churchyard, to the south of the church. The distinctive headstone has the carving of a large tower windmill with a stage, possibly Denver Mill, and was inscribed:Wheel & Millwright, Joiner & General Smith.
The Whittome family ran The Hilgay Post Mill (which…
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