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Wokingham Watermills

Colin Mitchell has emailed asking for help with information on a second watermill in Wokingham, Berkshire. His query follows: Ken Major’s 1963 survey of Berkshire Watermills (Berkshire Archaeological Journal Volume 61 1963-4) shows two mills on the Emm Brook as it flowed through Wokingham. One of these, Emmbrook or Little Mill at OS 800695, has…

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Millwrighting Tradition

Mike Beacham writes about traditional millwrighting practices and how they vary to meet specific regional needs. Examples from Schleswig-Holstein, Eire, Turkey and Britain are mentioned. The full article follows:Almost without exception, detailed studies of milling and its history will at some point refer to ‘millwrighting tradition’ to account for deviations from general practice, rather like…

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Green Power is not so simple!

Frans Bouwers from Belgium responded to William Hill’s news item on watermills and green power (see the thread “Anyone interested in Mill News?”) by pointing out some of the problems with turbines in Flanders. His email follows:William Interesting bit on watermills and green power. Do all these millers that are so happy to generate electricity,…

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Chislet Mill anyone?

Author: Virginia Silvester I have done a lot of research on the early millers at Chislet and this is detailed below. A follow-up item has also been posted; see http://www.millsarchivetrust.org/index.php/blogs/more/chislet_mill_historical_research_an_update/ I have been pleased to find the information about this mill on your website, and I thought you might like to know what I have…

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Frank Gregory and his model of Nutley Mill

The photograph was probably taken in about 1970. Frank displays his model of Nutley post mill which shows the mill in its restored state. It looks as if it is standing on a specially-prepared platform, which takes the form of a millstone, in Frank’s garden!According to my records, the project to restore the mill began…

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Anyone Interested in Mill News?

William Hill regularly circulates a list of links to current media reports on windmills and watermills. I have copied his latest circular below. Comments welcome on the news items and on whether we should include the list in Mill Writing! http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=71396§ionid=351020105 800-year-old watermill found in Iran http://www.questbg.com/en/property/renovating/621-unusual-homes ‘New’ Mills in Bulgaria  http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?Parakeets_destroying_precious_windmill&in_article_id=362878&in_page_id=34 Parquets in Croydon  http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/Dome-just-tops-it-all.4621170.jp Elwick Windmill http://www.bbc.co.uk/tees/content/articles/2008/10/04/elwick_windmill_feature.shtml & http://www.sunderlandecho.com/daily/The-winds-of-change.4621285.jp …

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