Milling journals of the past. The 1888 Plymouth Milling Convention Part 2
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|Milling & Grain
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|My introduction last month to nabim’s Plymouth Milling Convention of 1888 was based on an extended article in The Miller of 2 July 1888, which covered intended trips to mills in Devon. Also, on the tour were planned visits to Cornish mills, which will have excited considerable interest.
These conventions and exhibitions in the late Victorian period enabled the milling profession to keep abreast of the latest developments in technology and milling practice. As is still the case, such a convention in the “West Country” would include significant social events in one of England’s premier holiday regions. It was probably no coincidence that 1888 was the year when the Great Western Railway achieved its ambition to move into Cornwall, having only arrived in Plymouth in 1876. Mills on the Cornish itinerary focused on Hayle, two of which are described below. Other mills of particular interest were those of Messrs John Lake & Sons in Truro (Robinson System) and Mr T Hitchins’ Trenance Mill in St Austell (Childs’ System).
Messrs Hosken & Son’s Loggans Mill in Hayle was promised to be one of the more interesting mills to visit. It was a substantial five storied stone building fitted with a roller plant by J Harrison Carter of 82 Mark Lane London…Read more.