Subcollection SASS-06 - Hibaldstow Mill business records

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Hibaldstow Mill business records


  • 1902 - 1971 (Creation)

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38 boxes

Name of creator

(1942 - present)

Biographical history

"Interested in wind and watermills from an early age Jon was further stimulated into a serious study after attending a lecture by Rex Wailes. Following a motor vehicle apprenticeship in Coventry he was joint instigator in saving Wrawby Post Mill from demolition in 1960. He served as Honourary Secretary and later Chairman of the Wrawby Windmill Society. He was technical advisor to the Lincoln Civic Trust in their sponsored restoration of Ellis's Mill Lincoln. He was then offered the opportunity to turn a hobby into a career through Rex Wailes connections and took the position of miller/millwright at Flowerdew Hundred Plantation, Virginia, USA to commission and operate the post mill built to commemorate the earliest known windmill site in British North America.

Since returning to England he has served on the Committee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Mills Section, Lincolnshire Mills Group and Industrial Archaeology Group.

Jon lives in Lincolnshire Wolds and is married with two sons and a daughter." - from "Windmills of Lincolnshire" (2012) by Jon Sass.

Name of creator

(31 January 1872-31 August 1944)

Biographical history

Miller at Hibaldstow Mill, Lincolnshire between 1902-1944. In 1939 his sons Alfred and John were assisting their father.

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(29 September 1903-15 October 1989)

Biographical history

Son of Alfred Brumfield Reeson, took over as miller of Hibaldstow Combined Mill from his father upon his death in 1944 until 1965 when the mill ceased working.

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(28 January 1914 - ?)

Biographical history

Son of Alfred Brumfield Reeson and half brother of Alfred Reeson. On the 1939 Register he assisted his father at Hibaldstow Combined Mill as a boy.


Archival history

The Hibaldstow Mill business records were given to Jon Sass by the daughter of the last miller Alfred Reeson. They were donated to the Mills Archive in 2009.

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Ledgers, daybooks, account books, and bank account books covering the period of Alfred Brumfield Reeson's tenure as miller beginning 11 October 1902 through to his son Alfred Reeson's closing the mill in 1971.

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

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