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Notebook - 1966 to 1967

A government-supplied Shorthand Note Book dated 1966 and 1967 containing notes from visits to a variety of industrial buildings and works thoughout the UK, including breweries, refineries, founderies, brickyards, docks, pumping stations, tanneries and potteries. The contents are itemized on the front and back covers. Mills visited are listed at 'Place access points' below. There are several unindexed Staffordshire mills.

Wailes, Reginald (1901-1986), engineer, known as Rex

Notebook - 1967 to 1968

A Reporters Notebook labelled 'Bath Nov 1967, Group 9 Reading Feb 1968, Kent & Staffs 1968', the contents being itemised on the front and back covers.
The 'Bath' section of the notebook begins with 43 pages of notes which appear to have been taken at a conference on industrial archaeology and possible means of preserving its heritage, including discussion of open-air museums. Notes are taken from talks by: Angus Buchanan - 'The Status of Industrial Archaeology; 'The Techniques of Industrial Archaeology, Part I and II' - Michael Rix and Frank Atkinson, respectively; and a paper given by Kenneth Hudson, giving particular reference to the approach adopted by museums in Scandinavia.
The 'Reading' section is marked 'Group 9, CBA' and features notes on lectures given at a further symposium on: the farm estate at Buscott Park (John Grayson) - at one time considered to be the most industrialised in the country; the Bucklebury Foundry ([Mc]Combe); and S. & E. Collier's gravel and brick-works [in Reading] (Ken Major).
The remainder of the notebook records visits to various industrial buildings and works in Kent (including a waterworks, two breweries and a wheelwrights) and numerous sites in Staffordshire, including several concerned with the china and earthenware manufacturing industry and surrounding canal network. Mills visited are listed at 'Place access points' below. Unindexed watermills were visited at: Park Mill, High Offley, Eccleshall; Wetley Rocks; and Cookshill, Caverswall, as was an unidentified mill called Logwood [Logwodd] Mill about which, Wailes notes, a film was made by the BBC .

Wailes, Reginald (1901-1986), engineer, known as Rex

Notebook - Suffolk windmills

A partially completed, unlabelled Reporters Notebook containing just 4 pages of notes on the Suffolk windmills listed at 'Place access points' below, as well as an unindexed mill at Onehouse. The notes refer to 'R.Martin's ledger 1878-75' [from which these notes may have been compiled] and includes a list of 31 windmills at which Robert Martin worked during this period.

Wailes, Reginald (1901-1986), engineer, known as Rex

Agreements for sale of basic datum: Various mills in north west England and London

Agreements between Purchase Finance Company Ltd and: Carr's Flour Mills Carlisle; King Flour Mills Ellesmere Port; Edward Hutchinson Ltd of Mersey Flour Mills Liverpool; Paul Brothers Ltd of Homepride Mills Birkenhead; James Fairclough and Sons Ltd of Mersey Mills Warrington; William Nelstrop and Co Ltd of Albion Corn Mills Stockport; Thomas Hulbert & Sons Ltd of New Era Mills Hulme; Hovis Ltd London; Spillers Ltd London; Joseph Rank Ltd of Clarence Flour Mills Hull.

Purchase Finance Company Ltd

Notebook - May to August 1967

A government-supplied Shorthand Notebook dated May to August 1967, containing notes from visits to a variety of industrial buildings and works throughout the UK but particularly in Somerset, Westmorland and Wales. Sites visited include breweries, foundries, rope-walks, collieries, quarries and slate, brick and granite-works. The contents are itemized on the front cover. Mills visited are listed at 'Place access points' below. Unindexed mills at Bovey Tracey, Pontlliw (referencing Penallt millstones) and Felindre, Swansea were also visited, as was the millstone quarry at Penallt, Monmouthshire.

Wailes, Reginald (1901-1986), engineer, known as Rex

"Closure threat to the last steam mill"

Cutting from 'The Times' of an article by Ian Smith describing the potential closure of the Queen Street Mill in Harle Syke due to the lack of funding from the Manpower Services Commission and the Department of the Environment. The article explains the need for additional needs for funding from other sources, and also includes a brief history of the mill.


Negatives of windmills and watermills in Bedfordshire.

Meyer, Henry Smith "Harry" (1900-1982), carpenter and mill photographer


Negatives of windmills and drainage mills in Norfolk. Images from this subseries were used in "Drainage Windmills of the Norfolk Marshes: New edition" (Smith, Arthur C, 1990).

David Nicholls (Millwright) Collection

  • NICH
  • Collection
  • 1960s - 2010

Photographs, negatives, reports and research notes on UK wind and watermills. Photographs and research material on sugar mills in the Caribbean by David Nicholls and Cyril McCoombe. Micro tapes of conversations with mill workers in Barbados.

Nicholls, David, millwright

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