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Press Cuttings Collection Wailes, Reginald (1901-1986), engineer, known as Rex
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"Old and New"

Note from the Ipswich 'Evening Star' about Rex Wailes's work in ensuring the accuracy of the restoration at Williamsburg (VA) of an 18th century English windmill.

"The Winds of Change Blow By"

Article in 'The Illustrated Carpenter and Builder' by Reece Winstone A.R.P.S., F.R.S.A. on the theme of the variety of windmills and the arrival of the new wind turbine being put up at St.Albans that should generate 100 kW in a 30 mile per hou. wind.

"Weeton Mill - Effort to Restore and Preserve"

Cutting from "Blackpool Times". The Ancient Monuments Society come to the rescue by taking an interest in preserving the old mills of the Fylde. An authority on mills said "it seemed a pity that not one windmill was to be seen at work in the Fylde". Lancashire had a chance to see at least one windmill remained.

"Weeton's Old Windmill - Preservation Plea to Public"

Cutting from "Northern Daily Telegraph". A plea for public support to preserve the old windmill at Weeton has been made to the Lancashire branch of the Ancient Monuments Society. Rex Wailes gave a talk about the need to preserve the old windmills of the Fylde area. He discusssed the history and development of windmills since their introduction following the Crusades.

"To Save Fylde Landmark - Weeton's Old Windmill"

Cutting from "Northern Daily Telegraph". The article makes a plea for the preservation of Weeton Windmill. The Lancashire branch of the Ancient Monuments Society expressed support for preservation. Notable figures were present at the meeting included Mr Allen Clark, James Crompton, Rex Wailes, Mr. J Swarbrick.

"Weeton Windmill -

Cutting from "West Lancashire Evening Gazette". The Weeton windmill was built in 1812 and the present owner, Lord Derby has promised to help the Society of Ancient Monuments preserve it for the future. Mr Wailes described the mill as a 'fine example of a tower mill and the work of the early millwrights.

"Lancashire's Old Mills - Plea for Preservation"

Cutting from "Liverpool Post and Mercury" reporting an annual meeting of the Ancient Monuments Society held at Weeton aiming to get support for the preservation of Weeton Mill. Rex Wailes claimed Weeton Mill was an example of a tower mill which featured the 'automatic fantail'.

"Arkley Windmill - restoration of Famous Landmark"

Cutting from "Morning Post". Arkley Windmill is one of the most notable windmills on the Hertfordshire-Middlesex border. It has been restored by Mr William Booth under the expert guidance of Mr Rex Wailes. Mr Booth hopes to arrange admission to the public on suitable weekends. Included in this article are some historical notes of interest.

"Arkley Windmill - Restoration of Famous Landmark"

Cutting from "Barnet Press". One of the most notable windmills on the Hertfordshire-Middlesex border has been restored by Mr William Booth under the expert guidance of of Mr Rex Wailes. Mr Booth hopes to arrange admission to the public on suitable weekends. Included in this article are some historical notes of interest.

"Restoration of a Notable Windmill"

Cutting from "Birmingham Post". Arkley Windmill on the Herts-Middlesex border has been restored by Mr William Booth (purchased in 1929) under the guidance of Mr Rex Wailes. The mill was "probably erected during the Napoleonic Wars".

"Owner allays anxiety over Wiverton Downs"

Report in 'Eastern Daily Press' of meeting of the Norfolk branch of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, when Cmdr Coke finally got the opportunity of explaining what he was actually planning to do with quarrying on his property, instead of what people were alleging his plans to be. After the formal meeting, Rex Wailes gave a talk on the county's windmills

"War stops the Windmills"

Note in the Gloucester 'Citizen' on Rex Wailes' estimate that, if the present rate at which windmills are being shut down, none will be left at work in fifteen years.

"Three windmills selected for preservation"

Piece in the 'West Sussex Gazette' reporting the discussions by West Sussex County Council about which of their county's windmills should be picked for preservation. They were opposed. however, to preserving the combined wind-and-water mill at West Ashling since it was still lived in by the farmer who owned it.

"Meeting of the Suffolk Preservation Society"

Cutting from the 'Bury Free Press' reporting the latest meeting of the S.P.S., at which 32 items were on the agenda. Progress on a survey of Suffolk's mills was noted, along with a report by Mr Rex Wailes on his visits to 72 of them in West Suffolk. Tree felling at Woolpit was deprecated, and the rebuilding of Brandon Bridge should only be done once the plans had been approved by the Fine Arts Committee.

"Windmills picked for reprieve"

Cutting from 'The Star' naming the three windmills selected for preservation as "ancient monuments" in East Suffolk, after a tour by Messrs Rex Wailes and Cecil Smithdale.

"Suffolk Windmills"

Piece in the 'East Anglian Daily Times' on how the pioneering steps taken in East Suffolk to preserve some of their windmills is being followed by West Sussex and Bucks County Councils.

"A Suffolk Millwright"

Snippet in the 'East Anglian Daily Times' about various people in the mills preservation world ending with Mr Amos Clarke of Ipswich whose firm tries whenever possible to avoid tearing down an old mill but, instead, to restore it.

"The Miller's Sails etc"

Cutting from the 'Evening News' with snippets about the millers' customs about parking sails in the evening ("Miller's Pride"); Mr J.A.Davidson's model collection; his brother T. Gerrard Davidson the surveyor to S.P.A.B.; and London's only millwright, Mr Rex Wailes.

"Own windmill"

Cutting from the Hull 'Daily Mail' about how 17-year-old Graham Wilson, of Cottingham, has nearly finished building a model post mill that, when completed, will produce proper flour.

"Energy in ebb and flow of tides"

Article in the 'Yorkshire Evening Post' summarising a paper in 'Engineering' by Rex Wailes on "Tide Mills in Great Britain", in which he claims that they can be traced back as early as AD1170.

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