The Rex Wailes Collection. Ups and downs of the old type millwrights

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    Hodge, Nathanael [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2021

    Medium Digital

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    In the Rex Wailes collection at the Mills Archive there is a file of correspondence between Wailes and John Bryant (1861-1944), in his own words an "old type millwright" who saw his line of work gradually disappearing as the advent of roller milling drove the traditional wind and watermills out of business.

    In 1881 an exhibition was held in Islington, London, which was for many millers their first experience of the new roller mills. It led to the rapid adoption of the new technology in the UK, but as John Bryant later lamented, "it struck a death blow to us old type Millwrights, although we could hold our own against the best engineers of the country."... Read more.
    KeywordsJohn Bryant (1861-1944)


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