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Drapers Windmill Trust Collection

  • DWTC
  • Collection
  • 1965-2012

Minutes, correspondence, cuttings and ephemera relating to the history of the trust and the mill.

Drapers Windmill Trust

"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.

"Sandhurst, Kent"

Part of the Rex Wailes collection.
Note on reverse by John Russell "Built by Warners of Hawkhurst in 1844. They had to go to Lincolnshire to see how a cross was used for four sails instead of a a pole-end". Note two pigeon houses on the wall of the base.

Russell, John (1797-1875)

Old Mill, Wittersham

Part of the Rex Wailes collection. Labelled "Udimore, near Rye, Sussex", but in fact Old Mill, Wittersham.
Annotated on reverse "Shews method of fan drive... Drive taken down the back of mill and down stairs to wheels on bottom of ladder. Peculiar to Sussex."

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

"Watts Cross Mill, nr Tonbridge"

Part of the Rex Wailes collection.
Photograph of Watts Cross Mill, Hildenborough, Kent mounted by Stickells and Son, Cranbrook shows the mill with workers loading sacks into a horse cart. Notes on the reverse state it was built in 1812, worked until 1910 and demolished in 1961 - winded by hand chain - all wheels of wood but had an iron windshaft.


Faversham Waterworks, New Pumping Mill

Part of the Rex Wailes collection.
An advertising card for Messrs Hill & Son, Ashford.
Mill erected in 1863. Reverse of card contains hand written technical notes from Mr Lancxaster Burns about the sails, the gearing, the pump and the standby engine,


"Drapers Mills, Margate, Kent"

Part of the Rex Wailes collection.
Shows Drapers Mill on left, Little Drapers Mill on right and an unknown tower mill in the background.

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

White Mill, Headcorn

Photograph from a box of Hallam Ashley prints labelled 'Assorted UK windmill photos - not Norfolk'. Most have no additional information. Shows a smock mill in good repair.

Ashley, Hallam (1900-1987), photographer

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