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Union Mill, Cranbrook, Kent

Rex Wailes, his daughter and party of Dutch millwrights (+ wives) who had replaced the sweeps with a new set. The people identified by Mildred Cookson are:- Chris Bremer (Dutch) to left of doorway; Anthea Wailes kneeling with white handbag; Rex sitting in doorway wearing beret; Enid Wailes, Rex's wife, on extreme right.

Dunn, Michael (1916-1993)

"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.

Rex Wailes

Note on reverse of photograph reads, ''Langley Marsh''; however another copy in the collection is labelled "Norton Staithe".

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"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.

Faerie Cottage, Finchingfield

Note on reverse reads "Faerie Cottage, Finchingfield. Alan Arthur's cottage taken by AA & HA about 1924 or 1923. Where Rex Wailes stayed whilst looking at mills and met Hallam Ashley".

"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'.

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