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Collection of Newspaper Cuttings

A collection of 10 newspaper cuttings. 8 are related to Chesterton Mills and the French family. One is related to the restoration of Bourn Windmill and a second is related to Turner's Milling Engineers of Ipswich.

French, Michael, mill owner

Negatives and Contact Prints

A collection of 34 negatives and 12 A4 sheets of contact prints of the negatives showing a number of views and shots of various mills, mill buildings, internal structure and equipment in Cambridgeshire.

French, Michael, mill owner


Miscellany documents that do not state which mill they relate to, but are connected with the mills owned by the French family.

French, Michael, mill owner

Family and Employees

Photographs of members of the French family and employees and documents relating to some of these individuals.

French, Michael, mill owner

Miscellaneous items

Assemblage comprises 1 price list, 1 invoice, 1 cashed cheque payable to Foster Brothers (operators of a large mill in Cambridge) for £6 1s 11d, 1 sack label, 2 cards, 1 business card for W.French & Son, Chesterton Mills, Millers & Corn Merchants, Hay, Straw & Chaff Stores, 2 empty envelopes addressed to Messrs W. French & Son, Chesterton Mills, Cambridge.

French, Michael, mill owner

Booklet on the History of Windmills

A booklet, typed and stapled, with hand drawn and annotated diagrams on 'The History of the Windmill of England', written by Michael French aged about 10. Includes descriptions of post mills, tower mills, smock mills and composite mills.

French, Michael, mill owner

Extracts from Tithe Apportionments

A fragment of paper entitled Extracts from Tithe Apps [Apportionments]. Mill Dam Bank, Paddock, House Mill Yard, Orchard and Bank are noted down along with costs totalling £2 2s 32d.

French, Michael, mill owner

Chesterton Mill windshaft

Correspondence/research re the fate of the windshaft from Chesterton Mill. Includes notes of Michael French's research in 1999, a printed sheet showing that it was removed to Swineshead, Lincs, in 1985, a newspaper cutting describing the work involved in renovation of Swineshead Mill, a letter from Luke Bonwick dated 31 December 2000 regarding the information supplied.

French, Michael, mill owner

Chesterton Mills - View 2

Black and white photograph of Chesterton Mills, taken from the back drive, off Histon Road, Cambridge. A negative for this image is in FREN-26153.

French, Michael, mill owner

Sack Hoist

Black and white photograph of the sack hoist at Chesterton Mills showing spindle/drive for chain hoist. A negative for this image is in FREN-26153.

French, Michael, mill owner

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