File FWGC-1105304 - Keymer, Oldland Mill

Oldland Mill, Keymer, with sails Oldland Mill, Keymer, derelict Oldland Mill, Keymer Oldland Mill, Keymer, derelict Oldland Mill, Keymer, without sails and scaffolded for repair Oldland Mill, Keymer, without sails and scaffolded for repair Oldland Mill, Keymer, without sails and scaffolded for repair Oldland Mill, Keymer, without sails and scaffolded for repair Oldland Mill, Keymer, without sails and scaffolded for repair F W Gregory examining rot in crowntree, Oldland Mill, Keymer Underside of bedstone, stone spindle and engine drive, Oldland Mill, Keymer View of bin floor showing sack hoist, Oldland Mill, Keymer Lower rear of buck showing roundhouse, Oldland Mill, Keymer Dresser and associated mechanism, Oldland Mill, Keymer Detail of sack hoist drive, Oldland Mill, Keymer Stone floor showing dresser, Oldland Mill, Keymer Windshaft and brakewheel, Oldland Mill, Keymer Spouts on meal floor, Oldland Mill, Keymer Spout floor showing dresser, Oldland Mill, Keymer Reinforcing of prick post, Oldland Mill, Keymer
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FWGC-1105304

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Keymer, Oldland Mill

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  • 20th century (Creation)

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28 prints

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(1917-1998)

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Frank W Gregory was widely regarded as on the foremost authorities on mills and milling in the UK. He was brought up in Brighton and developed a fascination for vernacular buildings, especially windmills, whilst on childhood rambles with his family in the 1920s. This together with an interest in the geology and industrial archaeology of Sussex and the South Downs, developed in his teens, motivated his lifelong quest to discover as much as possible about windmills and watermills and their place in manufacturing and production within the rural economy.

A woodwork teacher by profession, Frank travelled widely, visiting, recording, surveying and studying mills in Sussex and later throughout the UK and abroad, mostly for his own pleasure. After the war he carried out mill surveys for local authorities and also for the SPAB Mills Section, which he had joined in 1948. As a keen member of The International Molinological Society he went on many foreign mill tours and his reputation became known worldwide.

Frank used his practical skills and experience as a woodwork teacher to teach himself the craft and practice of a millwright, and soon became the acknowledged expert on traditional methods of mill restoration and conservation. The first Sussex windmill he helped to restore was Nutley Post Mill in the Ashdown Forest, and he went on to help in the restorations of Polegate, Shipley, High Salvington, Jill Mill at Clayton and Park Watermill at Bateman

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Looking up from spout floor at dresser and drive to same

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This material is held by the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum; please contact them to consult it.

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