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Montefiore Windmill, Jerusalem

The Montefiore Windmill is a landmark in Jerusalem. Built in 1857, it was funded by British Jewish banker and philanthropist Moses Montefiore and constructed by the Kent firm of millwrights, Holmans of Canterbury. It was restored in 2012 by Vincent Pargeter and Willem Dijkstra. This history of the mill is taken from the work Holman Bros.,…

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County Day Series: Huntingdonshire – the Paine’s mills of St Neots

Huntingdonshire was an historic county until it was merged with Cambridgeshire in 1974. However, in 1984, the district was reinstated as a non-metropolitan county. In 2002, Huntingdonshire Day was established on the former county’s most famous son Oliver Cromwell’s birthdate – 25 April. For me Huntingdonshire will always be. My family roots hail from Huntingdonshire…

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“The Oldest Bread in the World: the earliest-known evidence of bread-making”

Recent findings at a 14,000-year-old archaeological site in Amman, Jordan have rewritten the history of bread-making by 5,000 years! Rebecca Sherratt, Production editor, reports on the recent findings of the ‘earliest-known evidence of bread-making’ found in the Black Desert, Amman, Jordan, in this month’s issue of Milling and Grain.  You can read the full article here. …

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Michael’s Middle Eastern Adventures

In 2016 when Michael Harverson passed away, his collection of mill material was left to us. We knew his collection would be a valuable asset to the Archive. Of particular interest to Michael, and indeed to us, was his prolific study of Middle Eastern and Persian mills, more intimately those in Iran and Afghanistan. Michael…

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Be a Mills Detective: May edition

Can you help us identify these archive photos of watermill sites? Unfortunately, many of these are left unidentified or misidentified for various reasons. We need some keen eyes to help us put names and locations to these mill sites. Last month we published a selection of unidentified Welsh mill photos for you to help us identify. Several…

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