Milling journals of the past. Men in the mill. Trials and Tribulations overcome by a Miller (part 1)

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2021 May

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & content"When the history of an established and prosperous firm is looked into you often find it not only started small but overcame many obstacles along its way to prosperity.” This is the opening sentiment of a Christmas present I was given this year: a small booklet entitled RJ Read Ltd City Flour Mills Norwich, 1875-1949.

    The booklet looked forward to the dawn of the second half of the 20th century, when private enterprise would be released from its war-time shackles. I thought the story of these early difficulties that led to a durable and steadily increasing business worth sharing, using highlights from our early milling journals.

    I will cover the 20th century next month. In this article I will start at the beginning when Robert John Read was born at Wrentham in Suffolk on 5 November 1851. After his education at Halesworth Academy, he spent several years working in various flour mills. This experience was to stand him in good stead for the difficulties and disappointments he was yet to face.. Read more.


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