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Wailes, Reginald (1901-1986), engineer, known as Rex
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"Windmills picked for reprieve"

Cutting from 'The Star' naming the three windmills selected for preservation as "ancient monuments" in East Suffolk, after a tour by Messrs Rex Wailes and Cecil Smithdale.


Pages from an unknown magazine of unknown date, containing an illustrated article by Rex Wailes on windmills from various parts of Britain and Europe.

"Windmill can still be saved"

Illustrated piece in the 'Hastings & St. Leonards Observer' showing the Mayor, Alderman C. Barfoot, inspecting the interior of Silverhill Mill with Mr Rex Wailes of the S.P.A.B. to assess how realistic its restoration could be.

Wind wheel, Wind Wheel, Punnett's Town

Photograph showing the wind wheel of the Wind Wheel windmill at Punnetts Town in East Sussex. Presumably originally photographed by Lancaster Burne, this photograph was reproduced by Martin T. Mason and held by Rex Wailes before residing in the Kenneth G. Farries Collection.

Farries, Kenneth G, author

"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.

"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.

"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.

"War stops the Windmills"

Note in the Gloucester 'Citizen' on Rex Wailes' estimate that, if the present rate at which windmills are being shut down, none will be left at work in fifteen years.

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)


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

"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.

"Three windmills selected for preservation"

Piece in the 'West Sussex Gazette' reporting the discussions by West Sussex County Council about which of their county's windmills should be picked for preservation. They were opposed. however, to preserving the combined wind-and-water mill at West Ashling since it was still lived in by the farmer who owned it.

"This is a Mechanical Era"

Cutting from 'The Evening Star' about the efforts of the Suffolk Preservation Society, whose President is Lord Ullswater, to sustain the windmills spread around the county as urged by Mr Rex Wailes at a public meeting recently in Ipswich.

"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.

"The Village of Wolvey"

Letter to the Editor of 'The Field' from Mrs Dance, of the S.P.A.B., commenting on CUTT-03642'S illustration and adding that Rex Wailes, their Technical Advisor, had visited the site without finding any modern traces of the mill shown.

"The Story of Mills"

Piece in 'The Lincoln & Stamford Mercury' about a lecture by Rex Wailes at the Town Hall in which he asked his audience to make a drawing of a windmill before it is to late and the mills have all gone.

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