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Millwrighting exhibition

Millwrighting has been on the Heritage Craft Association Red List of Endangered Crafts since 2019.  Without increased opportunities and interest for millwrighting in Britain, the number of mills will slowly decline. To bring the craft into the public eye and highlight its importance in the preservation of our milling heritage, we have put together an…

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‘Mill people’ images and Website survey

‘Mill people’ images Mills have often been a popular theme for artworks, ranging from realistic depictions to some of the more unusual symbolic and allegorical uses of milling imagery. There are not many mill images however which are as strange as the ones shown here. For want of a better term we could call them…

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Alan Stoyel Collection arrives

Alan Stoyel (1939-2021), a miller at Venn Mill, Oxfordshire, millwright and author of milling books The Alan Stoyel Foundation Collection is one of the four foundation collections of the Mills Archive Trust. Alan played an essential role in setting up the Mills Archive. His collection contains vital technical information and documentation of watermills across the…

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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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Iron in Mills and Millwrighting

Though the use of iron in millwrighting is not as traditional as that of wood, iron has firmly cemented its place as a valuable material in the craft. Two types of iron have been used in millwrighting, these being wrought iron and cast iron. Wrought iron was used mainly for bearings and hinges, as it was…

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