Collection REXW - Rex Wailes Collection

Photo of group of 'millers' Ground floor, Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Bolter, Gardiner Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Stone floor, Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Stone floor, Gardiner Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Cap exterior, Gardiner Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Engraving of mills Pantigo Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Hayground Mill, Southampton, Long Island, derelict Montauk Point Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Windmill at Water Mill, Water Mill, Long Island Dust floor, Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Windshaft neck, Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Cap interior, Gardiner Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Ground floor, Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Beebe Mill, Bridgehampton, Long Island, derelict Gardiner Mill, East Hampton, Long Island, and house Ground floor, Hook Mill, East Hampton, Long Island Hawridge Common Mill, Cholesbury, preserved
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Reference code

REXW

Title

Rex Wailes Collection

Date(s)

  • c 1900 - 1986 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

49 boxes and albums of varying size

Name of creator

(6 March 1901 - 7 January 1986)

Biographical history

Rex Wailes (1901-1986) was considered the leading mill expert of his day. By profession an engineer, he made windmills the subject of lifelong study, acting as consultant and advisor for mill repairs and restoration throughout Britain and elsewhere in the world. He played an important role in the formation of the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and trained many others in the study of mills, as well as acting as a consultant in the wider field of Industrial Archaeology. For more information see the featured people section of our website: http://www.millsarchive.org/explore/people/biographies/entry/111775/Rex-Wailes

Repository

Archival history

On his death in 1986, the majority of Rex Wailes's collection was donated to the National Monuments Record (now the Historic England Archive) and the Science Museum. A large amount of material however remained in Rex's shed, and was retrieved by Alan Stoyel and kept by him until transfer to The Mills Archive in 2004. Other material had been given to the SPAB Mills Section or to other researchers - when these collections came to The Mills Archive, Rex Wailes material was identified and moved to the Rex Wailes collection. Further material may be added as it is donated, or is identified in other collections.

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Scope and content

Images and documents on windmills and watermills in various regions of the UK, Europe and the USA. Includes material on the sugar mills of Barbados. Some parts of the collection have been given individual catalogue entries; the remainder is listed in the attached PDF.

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Conditions governing access

This collection may be consulted free of charge at the Mills Archive; please email visitors@millsarchive.org to arrange an appointment.

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  • English

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The Science Museum holds a large collection of Rex Wailes's material. A collection of his photographs is held by the English Heritage Archive (Reference No. WAI01), digital copies of many of these are held by the Mills Archive.

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Archivist's note

Collection level description revised by Luke Bonwick and Nathanael Hodge, 2012.

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