Kenneth G Farries grew up in the shadow of Upminster Windmill, NE London. He became a geography teacher at Reigate Grammar School. He collaborated with Martin T Mason and the publisher Charles Skilton to produce a well-received book on the windmills of Surrey and Inner London in 1966. Soon afterwards he was persuaded to write the history of windmills in Essex, which extended to five volumes. He died of a stroke before the final volume was published in 1988, and was survived by Penelope, his wife of 36 years.
Farries, Penelope, Personal letter held by the archive accession file 2004.0010.