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Homestead Gristmill

Agnes C Meeker This is a gem of a find located at Homestead Heritage site just outside the town of Waco, Texas.The restored gristmill from the 1760s operates daily, grinding cornmeal and flour. Homestead is an agrarian and craft-based intentional community. Its literature stresses simplicity, sustainability, sufficiency, cooperation, service and quality craftmanship. The daily activities…

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Moroccan Mills 2 – Technology

Michael Harverson Michael Harverson (1937-2017) was one of the founding trustees of the Mills Archives. A particular interest of his was the mills of the Middle East, and in his collection we have several accounts of his travels, illustrated with photographs. This newsletter contains another extract from Michael Harverson’s travelogue of his trip to Morocco in 1985…

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The Newgate Prison Windmill

Stephen Buckland This is an abridged version of an unpublished typescript by Stephen Buckland (1935-2006) which is held in the Archive’s collections. You can read the full transcription here: https://catalogue.millsarchive.org/newgate-prison-mill-1752-unpublished. Newgate Prison The old Newgate Prison. From Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Old_Newgate.jpg The ancient prison of Newgate, near the present Old Bailey, was built originally in the 12th century…

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Moroccan Mills

Michael Harverson Michael Harverson (1937-2017) was one of the founding trustees of the Mills Archives. A particular interest of his was the mills of the Middle East, and in his collection we have several accounts of his travels, illustrated with photographs. In April-July 1985 he was given a sabbatical from his role as a teacher at Watford…

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The millwright and the king

Stephen Buckland George Packham was an English miller and millwright who made his name in France in the early 19th century. He became a friend of Louis-Philippe I, a king whose reign was destined to be short lived. This is an abridged version of an unpublished paper on Packham by Stephen Buckland (1935-2006), which is…

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John Munnings: memories of watermilling

John Munnings (1916-1987) was the nephew of the famous artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959), and like his uncle before him he was born and raised at Mendham Mill, Suffolk, where his father was the miller. Mendham watermill in Suffolk, photograph by Peter Dolman, 1975(Mills Archive Collection, DOLM-1123588) Munnings fought in the Second World War and was…

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