The Rex Wailes Collection. With the windmillwrights

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    Hodge, Nathanael [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2021

    Medium Digital

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    Another interesting find in the Rex Wailes collection at the Mills Archive is a typescript entitled ‘With the windmillwrights in fen and marsh’. It is an account of the adventures of Douglas Reid in the marshes and fenlands of Lincolnshire, England, accompanying millwrights as they went to work.

    In November 1931, Mr Reid accompanied Hunt Brothers of Soham to Cattell’s corn mill, Willingham. He describes the scene: “I arrive to find that Tom and Jack Hunt have been given sole charge of the undertaking. Tom, who has been disconnecting and removing the long iron ‘striking’ rod that tunnels the wind-shaft and automatically operates the sail shutters, is now aloft enjoying a few minutes rest. His position seems decidedly precarious…Read more.


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