Milling journals of the past. The French engineering works of MM Rose Frères at Poissy, France

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2017 January

    Medium Digital

    Repair & construction of mills > Engineers and millwrights


    Scope & contentEach features the manufacture of “milling machinery and appliances belonging to the miller’s art”.

    The 5th October issue featured the workshops of the French firm MM Rose Frères at Poissy in the department of the Seine-et-Oise.

    This remarkable firm started from a comparatively modest beginning in 1865 to become 20 years later one of the most important millwrighting factories in France.

    Messrs Henry and George Rose, the owners of this important company, started in business around 1860, and during the whole of their professional careers were noted for steadily keeping abreast of mechanical progress in the miller’s art. They were, in effect, to the manor born, for their father, Mr J Rose, lived in England and was himself a miller.

    The two brothers were regularly trained to follow their father. This gave them the practical knowledge of, and sympathy with the work of the miller, which they would have acquired in no other way.

    It is interesting to note that the two brothers were nephews of one of the most eminent UK millwrights of that time, George Packham, who designed the Ville d’ Eu Mills for King Louis Philippe of France and whose business relations with that monarch ripened into a life long friendship. An item on this in the 3rd September 1877 issue, p337 may allow me to write more on this topic in a future article.

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