Germaine Greer stands up for Essex girls - and Essex mills


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In an article in the Observer newspaper on 5th February 2006, Germaine Greer, an Essex resident, stands up for Essex girls, and relates what she loves about the country. She has this to say on the subject of Essex mills:
The history of the English working class has been written only in dribs and drabs; one day soon people will turn round and realise that all the monuments to England's industrial greatness have disappeared. Nobody now remembers that the Essex village of Bocking is where Samuel Courtauld first began to manufacture artificial silk in the early 1800s. The original mill, near the parish church, has long since disappeared. Most of the Essex windmills were allowed to collapse, some after long struggle to find money to conserve them. We have other examples of early power generation - tide-mills for example. One day we will have to decide what to do with Tilbury power station when it is mothballed.

Item: #529, Posted: 14/2/06.


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