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Old Swardeston Mill

Pen and ink drawing with wash, M474 ols Swardeston Mill, Mulbarton, 4 miles SW of Norwich, 24/04/1933

Wood, Karl Salsbury (1888-1958), artist

Warrant of Attorney to act in a legal action concerning two windmills in Ringland, Norfolk

One sheet of paper measuring 41 cm x 33 cm and folded in two. This warrant of attorney appoints two members of the King's Bench to act on William Christmas Rivett's behalf "in an action of Trespass and Ejectment of Farm" concerning various land and properties, including two windmills, at Ringland owned by Edward Palmer Clarke of Wymondham, Norfolk.

Pocket notebook - Cambridgeshire windmills -1925

A repurposed Seandar diary for 1925 measuring 9.5 cm x 15 cm recording an 8 day tour of windmills, most of which located in Cambridgeshire. Planning notes for the trip list mills to be visited each day (as well as recommended inns in which to dine/stay).
Notes are made for the mills listed in 'Place access points' below, occasionally accompanied with dimensions and drawings. Mills which have been demolished are also recorded. A list of those mills not visited is given at the back.
Unindexed mills visited include Polton Mill, Shepreth End post mill, a tower mill at Bradley and the remains of tower mills at Chesterton, Boxworth and March.
Mills at Histon, Waterbeach, Yelling, Fen Drayton, Somersham, Warboys, Susards Farm, Madingley and St John's Highway are marked 'non-est'.

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

Pocket notebook - focus on tide mills

A repurposed Lett's diary for 1936 measuring 7.5 cm x 11.5 cm, containing measurements, notes, calculations and drawings on a variety of engineering and milling matters including the mills listed at 'Place access points' below.

Reference is made to a number of sea or tide meals including unidentified ones at Denham, Wadebridge and St Austell, Cornwall and also to 'Butshead Tide Mill' [Budshead?] at St Budeaux. There are also 8 pages of notes under the headings 'Beech' and 'Stock' detailing the equipment/set-up within two unidentified mills. A further unidentified mill mentioned is 'Little Bentley Mill'.

Further notes on tide mills record that, 'porpoises came up at Barrow Hill Tide Mill, Abridge [Heybridge?], Maldon Essex'. A record is also made of '7 Tide Mills on North coast of Norfolk in the Burnhams'.

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

Pages from a loose-leaf notebook - 1926 to 1929

Assorted brief 'aide memoire' and more detailed notes on a variety of milling matters including: notes taken from books/papers and maps (e.g. 'Dynamics of Windmills' - J.A. Griffiths, the 'English Encyclopedia', 1802, Merian's 'View of London', 1638 and 'The Miller, 1900 and 1916); lists of milling journals, articles, reports and academic papers (including electricity generation); more detailed notes and drawings on the mills listed at 'Place access points' below; a June 1926 typed packing and kit list for a trip to Suffolk and expenses incurred; mileage and logbooks for a trip in June 1928 and again for Wailes' Easter trip to Anglesey in 1929; notes taken from a visit to the Sussex Archives Collection including an account of the relocation of an entire Brighton windmill in 1797; a list of Lancashire mills in working order; and an anecdote about an interaction between a miller and the King of Prussia.

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

Pocket notebook - Gayton and Ashdon mills

A small pocket notebook (measuring 7.5 cm by 11 cm) containing notes on Gayton, Ashdon and Sh[aw] Mills and notes "per Mr P. Davies" about a Mr Horton of Hythe regarding the use of sack hoist chains by his father and grandfather, W.B and J. Horton, respectively.

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

Research notebook on various mills, 1932 and 1937

A repurposed Army field message book labelled, "Tide [and] Cider Mills, Woad Cart, Sprowston" containing research notes, drawings and measurements taken from visits in 1932 to the identifiable post and tower mills listed at "Place access points" below.
The notebook also contains: 5 pages of notes extracted from "The Miller's Guide", R.R. Smith, London, William Butcher, 1875; 4 pages of notes following a visit to a cider mill at St Keynes, Cornwall, 2 July 1937; 24 pages of notes and drawings labelled, "Woad Farm, Boston, 2 August 1937"; in the rear pocket, two postcards addressed to Wailes, one of which is from H.W. Dickinson, Honorary Secretary of The Newcomen Society , referencing tide and cider mills.

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

Research notebook for Cambridge, Essex and Suffolk, 1927 to 1934

A repurposed Army field message book labelled, "Cambs, Essex, Suffolk, 1927".

  1. The first section of the notebook begins with a schedule of windmills to be visited in Cambridgeshire noting whether a photo is required and who is to be met. Notes, measurements and drawings are taken at each of the identifiable windmills listed at "Place access points" below.
  2. The middle section of the notebook, written in a brown-coloured ink, plots co-ordinates/directions for various places (possibly mill locations) throughout Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Essex. This section of the notebook also contains a copy of a 1902 letter from Press Bros. of Great Yarmouth to Sidney Russell of Windmill Hill, Cranbrook, Kent, giving details as to a particular mill's construction/workings.
  3. The next section of the notebook features 56 pages of notes from Wailes' four day trip to Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex in June 1927. Notes, measurements and drawings were taken at each of the identifiable windmills listed at "Place access points" below. Amongst the notes are two sections of narrative diary entries from the trip (including an interlude involving a hedge and a ripped pair of breeches). Noting the recent (1926) loss of Fressingfield, Wailes observes that, "working mills must occupy my time. Derelicts must be content with photograph only".
  4. The penultimate section comprises 15 pages of lists of windmills in Sussex, Suffolk, Surrey, Essex and Kent.
  5. The last section is a detailed account of a visit to Thurston, Rougham Common and Pakenham mills on 15 December 1934. Wailes' notes for Thurston Mill are marked, "Examined with Paisley", recording that the mill had been moved from about 1.5 miles nearer Pakenham about 200 years ago and that a mill had been on that site in James II's reign.

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

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