Die Geschichte der Mühlen und des Müllerhandwerks der Pfalz

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    English titleThe history of mills and milling in the Palatinate
    Authors & editors

    Weber, Friedrich Wilhelm [Author]

    Publisher Verlag Franz Arbogast

    German (main text)

    Medium Book

    Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > Germany, Austria & Switzerland

    Scope & contentSummary Translation
    Detailed description, arranged in a series of brief sections, of the mills in the Palatinate, almost exclusively water mills, although there is a section on windmills too. The sections cover: definitions and derivations of milling terms, including the main technical terms used in south-west Germany, and the types of names given to mills; traditional currencies, weights and measures used in the area; the uses of different types of grain.

    Overview of the development of querns and more detailed description of the evolution of water mills, their equipment and maintenance, including floating mills. Natural disasters affecting mills, with specific historical examples; the ownership and running of mills in the medieval period; mills in Speyer; rights and duties of mills and millers; the economic and social role of the miller; millers’ guilds in the Palatinate; role of the assistant who measured the grain; use of donkeys.Mills in coats-of-arms, seals etc; mills and millers in folklore – stories, poems, superstitions, carvings etc; impact of early modern wars on mills.

    The last two lengthy sections consist of an inventory of mills in the Palatinate in the mid-18th century and a much less detailed inventory for 1964 and 1976.The book is richly illustrated with black-and-white photos, sketches and diagrams. There is a (slightly blurred) hydrographic map of the Palatinate, and a map of the Rheinhessen-Pfalz district showing its administrative divisions, but not the mills; a loose sheet contains a map of the Mill Route in the Wallalb valley, centred on Wallhalben.

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    Accession no. 229671

    • Shelf location: C114-WEB
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