Water powered grain milling in southern and eastern England between the 5th and 11th centuries

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    Bowie, Gavin G S [Author]

    Publisher The Mills Archive Trust
    Year of publication 2021

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    Cereal processes > Flour milling
    Wind & watermills > England


    Scope & contentThe use of water powered grain mills can be linked with the evolution of a flexible low capital input cereal farming economy in these regions during the Anglo-Saxon period. The determining factor in the farming system was that the weather in these regions was normally warm and dry enough in late summer to allow crops to be air-dried in the fields where they were harvested.

    Such were the advantages of air drying crops in the harvest field that the practice was to endure as a key factor in the mixed farming regimes of southern and eastern England until the 1950s when the current method of harvesting and conserving grain crops, based on combine harvesters and grain driers, was introduced
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