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Feeding the World: Cereals and cultivation (2)

From Quern to Computer; a history of flour milling by Martin and Sue Watts covers a wide range of topics and this series of emails will summarise each one separately.  The early medieval period, c.AD500 to the present day By the end of the Roman period hulled wheats such as spelt and emmer were generally giving…

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Tales from Rex Wailes: With the windmillwrights in fen and marsh

An interesting find in the Rex Wailes collection is a typescript by Douglas Reid (1881-1934) titled ‘With the windmillwrights in fen and marsh’. The typescript seems to have been sent by Reid to Wailes for possible publication, and contains handwritten notes by Wailes. It is Reid’s account, complete with photographs, of his adventures in the Fenland and…

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British and Irish Flour Mills 2

North Shore Mills Liverpool                                                                   Mildred Cookson Victorian Milling Journals   The Miller and Milling are the two most important milling journals from the late 1800s onwards. Both were published weekly and lasted for over 100 years (Milling is still going strongly as Milling & Grain).    Although we hold many copies, with…

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Exploring “Milling and Grain”

During the lockdown I have been reading through past issues of Milling and Grain, a monthly magazine by Perendale publishers Ltd. Milling and Grain is the successor to Milling and the titles have serviced the grain, feed and flour milling industries since 1891. Here you can find information about milling news around the world, new milling…

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£75,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation for “Hidden Heroes” project

I am delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £75,000 by the Garfield Weston Foundation. This is the second largest grant we have ever received and comes at a time when Covid-19 has introduced extra challenges and curveballs for the charity sector. We have all felt the effects of the pandemic…

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The Devil’s Mill

The issue of The Miller dated 5 May 1930 contains this story about the ‘Devil’s Mill’ A miller’s apprentice loved a pretty peasant girl named Yvonne, but the young people concealed their deep affection from others, swore eternal fidelity and for a long time preserved their own secret. Meanwhile the ‘prentice laid plans for the…

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