Mills and Millers
Windmills were a feature of the Forncett landscape for many
centuries. There were mills in Forncett in the 13th century:
"At Forncett in 1279, the Lord's mill produces little by reason of its rickety condition and because hardby there were two mills newly built." Timber Buildings in England - Fred Crossley (Batsford) 1951
...and the last windmill in Forncett was finally dismantled in 1932. Consequently millers have lived and worked in the parish for well over 400 years. On Faden's map of 1797 there are no windmills shown in Forncett, though there are three in nearby Tacolneston. However when Bryant's Map of Norfolk was published thirty years later (1826) there were three mills in Forncett.
The White Mill
This postmill stood behind the Jolly Farmers at Forncett End and was probably built in the early 1800s. It appears to have been owned and operated by the same family of millers, the Knights, until it collapsed in 1917.