Moulins en Bretagne

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    English titleMills in Brittany
    Authors & editors

    Pouliquen, Giles [Author]

    Publisher Coop Breizh
    Year of publication 2005

    French (main text)

    Medium Book

    Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > France


    Scope & contentA guide to the mills of Brittany. Discusses the importance of mills and milling. Begins with the development of quern stones and their progression.

    Includes information on each mill in the area; photographs; history. Also discusses other themes associated with mills and milling; including sociology, ethnology, industrial archaeology and architecture.
    Includes information on the geology of Brittany and how this impacted on the industrial developments of the area. Mentions the Domesday Book in Britain and how it documented sites such as mills across Britain.
    Information on grain production. Also discusses the introduction of weights and measures; how different measurements could cause some conflict between production and consumers of grain. Includes information on quern stones; their construction, grain production, techniques, quern stones in historical records and other forms of historical evidence.
    Water mills. Discusses their production, typology, mechanisms and alterations. Includes photographs Discusses individual mills including the Moulin Loscer. Information on motors; including key inventors from history to the present day, systems and images of various types of motor. For example, the Roue à Augets- attributed to Ctesbius, a Greek mathematician and inventor. Includes an example of a mill with each type. Includes a section on the construction of wheels with a step-by-step guide on how to construct a wheel.
    Typology; discusses horizontal water wheel mills; typology, Nordic origins and economic benefits.
    Discusses turbines- including the Francis turbine and its history.
    Information on millers; from historical records and tales of experiences from former millers and the mills they worked at.
    Maritime mills and tide mills. Gives information on the hundred tide mills that were constructed in the past, including those still visible in modern times. Discusses the origins of tide mills across the world. Information on how the mills were constructed, and what they were used for. Includes photographs of the various mills.
    Windmills including information on opinions of their presence in the landscape. Information on the first recorded windmills in Brittany.
    Discusses the typology found in Britanny throughout history. Briefly mentions different types of mill; paper, tobacco, flour, powder and textiles.

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