A collection of indentures and other legal documents chiefly concerned with documenting dispositions of land which relate to English mills, millers or millwrights. The majority of the documents date from the 19th century, although there are plenty from the 17th and 18th centuries and also the Mills Archive's oldest manuscript, a 1552 indenture relating to Hockeredge Mill, Kent. The vast majority of indentures are on vellum, adopting a variety of execution methods including by seal, signature and/or 'by mark' and often bearing official stamps for tax or probate purposes. Several also attach certificates as to a married woman's capacity to contract.
Faustus Veranzius, 1571-1617, (also known as Veranzio) was a polymath and bishop from Šibenik, then part of the Venetian Republic and today part of Croatia. He published 'Machinae novae' in 1616, just before his death, describing his inventions. Some of Verantius’ inventions are applicable to the solution of hydrological problems, for example, the project for preventing the Tiber from overflowing its banks at Rome and that of providing Venice with fresh water. Others concern the construction of clepsydras, sundials, mills, presses, and bridges and boats destined for widely different uses.
Hills, Richard Leslie (1936-2019), historian and clergyman