Collection PLUC - Douglas Pluck Collection

Holgate Mill, York Spur wheel, Holgate Mill, York Tower mill, Skidby Stone floor, tower mill, Skidby Tower mill, Skidby, working Spur gearing, Osberton Mill, Ranby Governor, tower mill, Skidby Osberton Mill, Ranby Waterwheel spoke, Osberton Mill, Ranby Waterwheel working, Ollerton Mill, Ollerton Auxiliary drive gear, Holgate Mill, York Turbine drive gear, Osberton Mill, Ranby Bin floor, Ollerton Mill, Ollerton French millstone, Osberton Mill, Ranby Loft and hoist, Scarthing Moor Mill, Weston Working drawing, Scarthing Moor Mill, Weston Pit wheel, Scarthing Moor Mill, Weston Spur wheel, Scarthing Moor Mill, Weston Loft and hoist, Scarthing Moor Mill, Weston Wallower, Ollerton Mill, Ollerton
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Douglas Pluck Collection


  • Late 20th century (Creation)

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Extent and medium

42 small slide boxes

Name of creator

(d 1994)

Biographical history

Douglas Pluck was born and raised in Suffolk, and worked as a chartered surveyor. He served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the Second World War, becoming Instructor-in-Gunnery at the School of Artillery, Central Mediterranean Forces, Italy. After the war Douglas was in private practice as a surveyor in Norfolk, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. He was an active member of the British Legion and was awarded their Golden Badge in 1984.

Douglas became interested in wind and watermills in 1958, and was a life member of both the SPAB Mills Section (serving on the committee from 1979 to 1988) and TIMS, and a member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology. On retiring in 1983 he moved to Harleston, Norfolk. Here he joined the Suffolk Mills Group and began to research the watermills of the River Waveney. The results of this study were published in 1994 as The River Waveney, its Watermills and Navigation.

Douglas married Sheila and they had a son and a daughter. He died on 18 September 1994.


Archival history

Given to Mildred Cookson by Douglas's widow for passing on to the SPAB Mills Section. As the SPAB lacked space, the material was donated to the Mills Archive in November 2002.

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35mm slides of UK windmills and watermills.

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

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  • English

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Archivist's note

Collection level description revised by Nathanael Hodge, May 2012.

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Physical storage

  • Box: Miscellaneous 35mm Slides Box 3
  • Box: PLU 001
  • Box: Douglas Pluck Photos