- 2008 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
Frank W Gregory was widely regarded as on the foremost authorities on mills and milling in the UK. He was brought up in Brighton and developed a fascination for vernacular buildings, especially windmills, whilst on childhood rambles with his family in the 1920s. This together with an interest in the geology and industrial archaeology of Sussex and the South Downs, developed in his teens, motivated his lifelong quest to discover as much as possible about windmills and watermills and their place in manufacturing and production within the rural economy.
A woodwork teacher by profession, Frank travelled widely, visiting, recording, surveying and studying mills in Sussex and later throughout the UK and abroad, mostly for his own pleasure. After the war he carried out mill surveys for local authorities and also for the SPAB Mills Section, which he had joined in 1948. As a keen member of The International Molinological Society he went on many foreign mill tours and his reputation became known worldwide.
Frank used his practical skills and experience as a woodwork teacher to teach himself the craft and practice of a millwright, and soon became the acknowledged expert on traditional methods of mill restoration and conservation. The first Sussex windmill he helped to restore was Nutley Post Mill in the Ashdown Forest, and he went on to help in the restorations of Polegate, Shipley, High Salvington, Jill Mill at Clayton and Park Watermill at Bateman
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Scope and content
Album of up to 500 35mm slides. Digitised during stage 1 of Frank Gregory Online and indexed by volunteers from the Frank Gregory Expert Group.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions governing access
This material is held by the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum; please contact them to consult it.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Gregory, Frank William (1917-1998) (Subject)
Genre access points
Rules and/or conventions used
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Digital object metadata