Moulins de l'Hérault. Arts et Traditions Rurales. Dossier 4.

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    English titleHerault Mills. Arts and Rural Traditions. Dossier 4.
    Authors & editors

    David, Pierre [Author]
    Jolly, Michelle [Author]
    Kuentz, Daniel [Author]
    Richard, Jean-Claude [Author]

    Year of publication 1985 25 Décembre

    French (main text)

    Medium Book

    Energy & power > Ancient & medieval technology & industry


    Scope & contentSynopsis: Introduction starts with “philosophy and the miller.” Gives information on millers ‘under Louis XV’. Mentions literature of the time (La Partie chasse d’Henri IV) a comedy inspired by an English model, and The King and the Miller (Le Roi et le Meunier). Gives information on the success of these works and their meaning amongst society.

    Also includes information on other works of the time, including an encyclopaedia (encyclopédie) which had its first volume published in 1751. Includes information on society of the time, and the impact on millers. Tries to determine the personality of a miller. Includes information on significant people of the time- for example Goussier, a French illustrator and encyclopaedist. Discusses the quality of the work.

    A collection of articles on mills in the Hérault area including the “flour wars.” Mostly focuses on the eighteenth century. Discusses wind powered mills and cereal production. Types of mill; their components and mechanisms including their developments. Gives information on how to choose the best quality of grain and why this is so important.

    Gives a detailed account of how mills- particularly wind mills used for grain- are constructed, gives measurements of everything required and how it all fits together. Gives information on the terminology and names used for each section. Gives lists of items needed to create a windmill.

    Information on tobacco and saw mills.

    Information on the grinding process; animal powered mills; problems with waste.

    Includes photocopies of old accounts, reports and literature related to mills, mostly from the 1800s. Includes illustrations of various parts of mills- the sails, the wheels, shafts, power hammers, saws, handles, positions of structures such as wooden supports etc. Includes illustrations of brick foundations, wall divisions etc.

    Gives information on mills in Paris in 1741, and the rules and regulations of the time. Discusses the Controller General of Finances in 1741 who commissioned, or wanted a Moulin-à-bras (a mill used for grain) constructed. It was not executed due to the war and the need to repair other buildings and structures. Gives information on policies during the war (and the French Revolution from 1789) and the general political situation.

    Mentions water wheels or mills, particularly in the 1700s.

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    Accession no. 229930

    • Shelf location: F005-DAV
    • Donor: Owen Ward