Milling journals of the past. British and Irish Flour Mills No1 Messrs F Skurray & Son’s New Roller Mill at Swindon, Wiltshire

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2016 April

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Flour milling > Commercial millers


    Scope & contentMy last two articles in Milling and Grain featured material from the start of the 20th century on “British Empire Mills”, culled from one of the three major milling journals held at the Mills Archive. Another common theme followed visits to British and Irish mills, so I have chosen an account in that series from The Miller (1 May 1893), supplemented by a second, shorter article, published in Milling (Dec 24 1904).

    In 1893, a visit by the milling trade celebrated the opening of Mr Skurray’s new roller mill in Swindon, west of London on the banks of the Berkshire and Wiltshire canal. The mill was built close to the Great Western Railway so, along with the canal, it had the advantage of using both railway and water carriage. Captain Marsh started up the engine of the mill on the visitors’ arrival, and the feed started by Mr F Skurray himself.The mill was built in 1892 and fitted out by ER & F Turner. The site was chosen as Swindon was a large industrial centre with no mill nearer than Cirencester, and it was in the middle of probably the finest red wheat district in the south of England…Read more.


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