E. M. Gardner produced an extensive and expansive catalogue of handwritten notes relating to an array of watermills throughout England and Wales between the years 1947 and 1955. The handwritten notes of Gardner are arranged clearly by county in alphabetical order commencing with Cambridgeshire. Gardner's notes record details of the geographical locations, visual descriptions of the buildings and the extent to which the buildings had survived the test of time as well as the names of the present and past millers. All of E. M. Gardner's notes have been collated and amassed together having been separated from the notebooks of inventories, index cards, photographs and postcards which also comprise the E. M. Gardner collection. There are some newspaper cuttings which Gardner collected herself. The decision has been made to include and incorporate these newspaper cuttings with the handwritten notes for the relevant and at the same time interesting and valuable information that they impart.
The handwritten notes produced by E. M. Gardner concern the watermills of Homton, Holworthy and Kingsbridge. In addition, the folder contains a pamphlet about the Hill fort and Castle Hill at Widworthy written by Lieutenant J.V. Ramsdem as well as a blank envelope which used to hold 16 photographs (which are now in the folder EMGC-04 and catalogued as EMGC-04-02") and 1 postcard which is now in the postcard collection.
The handwritten notes produced by E. M. Gardner concern the watermills of St Thomas, Totnes, Tavistock, Tiverton and Tovington. In addition, the folder contains a document entitled “Past Recalled: Sidelights on the History of South Zeal” as well as an envelope which used to hold 11 photographs. The photographs have been moved to the folder "EMGC-04" and catalogued as "EMGC-04-05".
The handwritten notes produced by E. M. Gardner concern the watermills situated along the course of the rivers of Otter and Sid within the county of Devon. In addition, the folder also holds various letters addressed to a certain Miss Durham as well as an envelope which used to contain 38 photographs (now catalogued as EMGC-04-06) and 1 postcard of the mill of Ottery St. Mary which is now in the postcard collection.
The final folder of the collection on watermills in Devon comprises handwritten notes, one handwritten letter and two typed letters. The first typed letter is from the Devonshire Association while the other is from GM Engineering Ltd. The more detailed spreadsheet regarding the items of this folder written by Michael Harverson has been attached as a Digital Object to this catalogue entry.
The folder contains handwritten field notes on 20 mills in Somerset as well as miscellaneous notes from academic papers and a newspaper clipping from The Times concerning Stratford Mill. The supplementary information PDF document produced by Michael Harverson has been attached to this catalogue entry as a Digital Object.
The folder contains handwritten notes along with various typed letters from the National Library of Wales. In addition, the folder also holds handwritten letters of thanks, issue slips from visits to library and used to hold 1 photograph (now in EMGC-04-12) and 2 postcards of unidentified mills in Merioneth (now in the postcard collection).
This series is comprised of the twelve notebooks of E. M. Gardner. The first notebook contains Gardner's comprehensive transcriptions of the inventories of the mill properties of four millers ; two of which date back to the seventeenth century while the other two date back to the eighteenth century. The succeeding notebooks contain Gardner's independent observations and reflections on a wealth of information she acquired over the course of a number of years regarding watermills throughout both England and Wales.