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Henry Collins

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Head of bucket elevator at Woodbridge Tide Mill

of Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk


There were two millwrights based at Melton, one working in the early-mid 19th centrury, and the other in the latter part of the 19thC.

1816 Advert: 'HENRY COLLINS, MILLWRIGHT, Most respectfully informs his Friends, and the Public, that he has opened a SHOP at FRAMLINGHAM, for the purpose of carrying on the above business. All Orders addressed to him at Melton, or Wm. Collins, Framlingham, will be duly attended to.'[1]

1842 Advertising a post windmill for sale at Westleton, to be taken down and removed immediately[2]

1848 Advert: 'To Millwrights, Engineers, and others.
ALL that capital PREMISES, situate at Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk, now occupied by Mr. HENRY COLLINS, who wishes to retire from business ; comprising large roomy workshops and buildings adapted for every branch of the trade, capable of accommodating 30 workmen ; stable and chaise-house; neat dwelling-house, with parlour, keeping-room, back kitchen, store-room, and four chambers ; garden and paddock, extending over an acre of ground; situated by the side of the London and Yarmouth road, close by the navigable river Deben, and 9 miles from the Ipswich Railway Station. The Trade Fixtures, with Stock in Trade, to be taken by valuation.
For further particulars apply to Mr. Henry Collins, Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk ; or Mr. B. Moulton, Woodbridge.'[3]

ROBERT LAST, (Of the Firm of Bilby and Last,) BUILDER, SURVEYOR, &c., RESPECTFULLY announces that the partnership existing between him and Mr. W. BILBY will expire on the 9th of June, 1853, and after that that period the business so long carried on by him in connection with the late Mr. W. BILBY and his SON, will be carried on on R. L’s. own account.
In gratefully acknowleding the support he has so many years received in connection with the firm of Bilby and Last,he takes this opportunity of tendering his best thanks for the same, and encouraged by the promised future patronage of several of his employers, respectfully solicits continuance of the favours of his friends and the public, assuring them that his best endeavours shall be used to give satisfaction.
R. L. begs to state that he has purchased the extensive premises, late Mr. Henry Collins', Millwright, in Melton Street, where be intends carrying on the business in all its branches. Melton, 28th April, 1853.'[4]

1881 Mention of Henry Collins, millwright, of Melton, as a witness in a court case[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. - Saturday 27 January 1816
  2. The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. - Saturday 23 April 1842
  3. The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. - Saturday 19 August 1848
  4. The Suffolk Chronicle; or Weekly General Advertiser & County Express. - Saturday 30 April 1853
  5. The Ipswich Journal - Tuesday 11 January 1881