Rex Wailes Collection. The mills of La Mancha

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    Hodge, Nathanael [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2022 April

    Medium Digital

    Arts, culture and heritage > Collections of importance


    Scope & contentIn Rex Wailes’ collection are some notes from his visit to Spain (in perhaps the 1950s/60s) when he toured the mills of La Mancha, famous for their appearance in Don Quixote. He wrote:

    La Mancha is a flat brown richly cultivated plain south of Madrid, intersected by long straight roads almost treeless, without rivers, and stretching as far as the eye can see. The country folk live in small white villages and towns and go out to work on donkeys or mules in blue smocks and berets every day of the week.

    At occasional intervals are outcrops of rock rising to perhaps 100 feet above the general level of the plain, and should there happen to be a town or village at the bottom one finds windmills on the top, a few still at work, but the majority derelict. Such is the mill which is supposed to be the scene of Don Quixote’s famous exploit; it stands above Villa Cañas and is called “El Gallo” (The Cock).…Read more.


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