The Duffield family can be traced back seven generations to Henry Duffield who was born in Tharston, Norfolk in 1756. Through the generations, the Duffields have always appeared on the census as skilled workers; farmers, lime burners, carpenters and millers.
The founder of Duffields, William Lant Duffield, was son of William Gallant Duffield and Sarah Ann Lant. He was born on 26 January 1869 in Tasburgh, Norfolk. He appeared in the census on 5 April 1891 in Mulbarton, Norfolk - Occupation: Miller; lodger in the household of William Lake.
He married Florence Rachel Fuller in 1893 and later appeared in the census on 31 March 1901 in Tasburgh - Occupation: Flour Miller & Farmer; employing one live-in domestic servant. He then appeared in the census on 2 April 1911 in Tasburgh - Occupation: Corn And Flour Miller And Farmer. He died on 30 May 1962 in Long Stratton, Norfolk.
William Lant Duffield, founder of Duffields, was an apprentice at Tasburgh Water Mill, Norfolk, before leasing Black Tower Mill in Mattishall, Norfolk. The windmill developed 20 horse power and drove two pairs of stones. All deliveries were made by horse and cart by just two employees.
William Charles Duffield was born on 13th November 1895 in Mattishall, Norfolk (1895-1984).