William Catt (1776 - 1853)

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Birthplace: Uckfield, Sussex, England
Death: Died in Sussex, England
Occupation: Miller 1841, 1851; Farmer and Miller
Managed by: June Barnes
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About William Catt

http://www.abandonedcommunities.co.uk/tidemills2.html - Tide Mills

William Catt and Hannah his wife had eleven children. Hannah died at the age of 46 in 1823 a few hours after giving birth to their youngest son, Henry. Their oldest daughter, Elizabeth, then aged 26, took over the responsibility of caring for the younger children, and she continued to live with her father until his death in 1853.

William Catt was the owner of Tide Mills entering the business in 1801 in partnership with his cousin Edmund Catt,. In 1808 William bought out Edmund. He added another mill pond on the west side of the mill. Water flowing from the additional pond into the main pond meant that the mill could be operated for longer at each tide. The number of mill stones was increased from five to sixteen pairs. He built blacksmith's shop, a carpenter's shop, an office building, and a larger granary. Aa windmill was erected above the mill buildings , apparently to supply power to the winches used to load flour into barges.

William Catt built houses for his staff, and took an interest in their welfare. On festive occasions he entertained staff at his home, Mill House. He would give a generous personal welcome to each guest.

Catt took great pleasure in developing the gardens of the village. Workers were encouraged to grow flowers and vegetables close to their homes. At some point an area in the middle of the village was used for greenhouses. Catt succeeded in growing a fig tree, and several pear trees climbed the walls of the mill buildings on the sheltered east side.

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William Catt's Timeline

1776
December 11, 1776
Sussex, England
1797
January 26, 1797
Age 20
Sussex, England
March 12, 1797
Age 20
Sussex, England
1798
1798
Age 21
1802
July 28, 1802
Age 25
1803
1803
Age 26
1805
1805
Age 28
1808
1808
Age 31
1810
January 2, 1810
Age 33
Sussex, England
1815
1815
Age 38
Sussex, England