Collection EMAS - E Mitford Abraham Glass Slides

Post mill, Stokenchurch Dutch Mill Watermill, Coombe Gill A swill of Larchwood Carving showing date, watermill, Coombe Gill Watermill, Coombe Gill Portfield Mill, Chichester Dutch Mill Menagerie on the move Evening view of windmill Zaandam Zaandam Mapledurham Mill, Mapledurham Alkmaar Millstone Waterfall Watermill Watermill with horse and cart Watermill at Fittleworth, West Sussex Pull's Ferry, Norwich
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E Mitford Abraham Glass Slides


  • Early 20th century (Creation)

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Extent and medium

Around 300 glass slides and negatives

Name of creator


Biographical history

Edward Mitford Abraham was born in 1882 and lived at Caydale Mill, Yorkshire. He was a Quaker and descendant of Margaret Fell, wife of George Fox. He inherited Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston (then in Lancashire, now Cumbria), home of Margaret Fell and centre of early Quakerism, and lived there from 1940 to 1954, when he sold it to the Society of Friends. Some of his brief notes on windmills were published in Ulverston in 1949. He died at Green House Farm, Colton, Ulverston in 1959.


Archival history

E Mitford Abraham gave the collection to the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1956. In 1977 his daughter Margaret Fell James (nee Abraham) gave the Mills Section permission to keep the material and allow access to it.
In February 2004 it was transferred to the Mills Archive along with the other collections held by the Mills Section. The glass slides arrived at the Mills Archive in boxes labelled A-F, with the slides in each box numbered. This order has been preserved.

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Photographs of windmills and watermills throughout England and in the Netherlands.

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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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A large collection of E Mitford Abraham's photographs, negatives, cuttings and notes on mills is held at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester.
A collection of E Mitford Abraham photographs taken around the Wirral is held by The Heswall Society, and was published in 2003 as 'A Wirral Album: The Photographs of E Mitford Abraham'.

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Archivist's note

Collection level description revised by Nathanael Hodge, May 2012.

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