- Early 20th century (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Around 300 glass slides and negatives
Name of creator
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.
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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Scope and content
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Collection level description revised by Nathanael Hodge, May 2012.