Als sich noch die Flügel drehten

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    English titleWhen the sails still turned
    Authors & editors

    Hashagen, Ingo [Author]

    Publisher Atelier im Bauernhaus
    Year of publication 1986

    German (main text)

    Medium Book

    Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > Germany, Austria & Switzerland


    Scope & contentSummary Translation
    A look at the windmills in the Weser marsh of Lower Saxony, whose history goes back more than 600 years. It starts with the rights granted by the local landholders, to the introduction of Dutch mills in the 18th century, the replacement of the wind by fuel-powered machinery and the disappearance of mills.
    After a description of different types of windmills and the techniques used. It goes on to describe briefly the use of horse mills for rape seed oil and capstan mills for grinding and threshing. This is followed by miscellaneous information about the miller’s oath, the language of sails (including the meanings conveyed by their position in different areas), an 1823 description of a post mill, the components of a mill, financial accounts and business dealings, folk stories and a short story.
    The longer, second part of the book is given over to descriptions of named mills, including a number of wind-powered Archimedes screws for drainage.At the end of the book is a list of mills by location, with the name of the miller/owner in 1908 and the type of mill. Another table shows the number of each kind of mill in each area.The book is richly illustrated with black-and-white photos and diagrams. It includes a series of photos taken in the early 1930s showing the construction of the Schweiburger mill. The two end covers fold out and contain a two-part map showing the locations of the mills. On the flaps are reproductions of mill-related documents.

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    Accession no. 230004

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