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This publication by the
SPAB Mills Section details all the windmills and watermills in the UK
open to the public, including full location, contact, and opening details.
Invaluable when visiting mills, and a handy "bag of flour" icon identifies
mills where flour may be purchased.
128 pages, illustrated.
Cover illustration: Outwood mill, Surrey
[SPAB Mills Section]
Water and Wind Power
This detailed paperback book by busy millwright
Martin Watts provides an excellent introduction to windmills and
watermills, by someone who works regularly on them, and who has been
researching their history for many years.
136 pages, 102 illustrations.
Cover illustration: Sarre windmill, Kent; Rossett watermill, North Wales
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Mill : The History and Future of Naturally Powered Buildings
A visual documentary of the architecture of wind and water mills.
Martin Watts earlier introductory book which describes both the craft
of milling, and the buildings the milling was done in.
32 pages, 39 illustrations.
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The Public Subscription Windmill and The Round House at Lewes
Annie Crowther tells the story of the windmill at Lewes in Sussex, which was
built by public subscription in 1801. Although the smock of the mill was
moved in 1819, the remaining base of the mill survives in its original
location, and in fact has a story all of its own. Perhaps most famously,
this "Round House" was owned (briefly) by Virginia Woolf and her husband
104 pages, with 80 illustrations including photographs, drawings and maps.
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The Windmills of England
Rodney de Little updates his earlier classic book about English windmills,
with masses of new information, and previously unpublished photographs.
"In the 1950s, as a boy, Rodney de Little became fascinated by
windmills and, with the gift of a camera from a relative, began
assembling an unrivalled record of them in black and white photographs.
His standing as a leading authority on the history and operation of
these mills was recognized on the publication of his book The
Windmill - Yesterday and Today in 1972. It was reprinted in 1975
and remains, today, an authoritative work in its field and much sought
after in the out-of-print trade. In the last twenty years much has
changed. What were seen as mechanical, historical curiosities, lacking
any contemporary relevance, are now finding new commercial
opportunities and uses as this traditional technology has been
successfully married to modern technological advances It is becoming
clearer that there is much to be learned from the uses and mechanisms
of traditional windmills."
192 pages, 215 photographs.
Windmills (The Great Architecture Series)
Another coffee table book, by Laura Brooks, with photos from around the world.
This coffee table book by Sally Taylor is illustrated by photos of windmills
in many countries.
Power from Wind : A History of Windmill Technology
Serious and in depth coverage of the subject.
Francis Frith's Windmills and Watermills
A selection of 150 historical photographs from the Francis Frith collection,
featuring wind and watermills. Selected and described by Tony Bryan. Cover
shows the windmill at High Salvington, Sussex.
See also the pages dedicated to the
Francis Frith Collection, from where individual
prints from the collection may be purchased.
A Field Guide to American Windmills
Lindsay Baker's book is the definitive work on American windmills
(ie windpumps), from an author whose depth of knowledge of the subject
is second to none.
A hefty 516 pages, with hundreds of photos and silhouette drawings of
windpumps to aid in recognising each model in the field.
Windmills of England
This hardback book is illustrated with R J Brown's excellent line drawings.
Each entry comprises a description and history of the mill, together with
The Wind at Work : An Activity Guide to Windmills
An activity book by Gretchen Woelfle about windmills, aimed at younger readers.
The Archaeology of Mills and Milling
Another well researched book by working millwright
Tyke Towers - Yorkshire's Windmills
An illustrated guide to Yorkshire's remaining windmills, with coverage of
selected historical vanished mills as well. Includes many historical photos
from the 1930's, and from the past decade.
84 pages, softback.
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Windmills and Pumps of the Southwest
American windpumps in the Southwestern USA.
North American Windmill Manufacturers' Trade Literature : A Descriptive Guide
Researched from the original manufacturers trade literature.
Windmills of Somerset and the Men Who Worked Them
(a busy millwright) and Alfred J Coulthard write knowledgeably
about the windmills, and the millers of Somerset
Hertfordshire Windmills and Windmillers
Cyril Moore provides an in depth guide to the windmills, millers, and their
families, within the county of Hertfordshire.
Windmill Gazetteer for England
This comprehensive gazetteer lists all windmill remains in England over 2ft
high. Includes details of the mill in its working days, and a full OS Grid
reference for location purposes.
88 pages. Compiled by Tony Bryan, and the
Mills Research Group.
[Mills Research Group]
1977 Guide by Norman Plastow.
The Rebirth of Woodchurch Windmill
Story of the restoration of Woodchurch windmill, Kent, by Cecil Anthony.
3rd revision of the official Essex County Council Planning Department guide to
Mountnessing windmill, by Robert Sier.
VIDEO - Little Red Tractor Stories 2
A children's animated video story, with a filmed section about Thelnetham
windmill. Includes footage of the late Peter Dolman at work as the miller.
A well illustrated book, from Frank Gregory who devoted a lifetime to
assembling a collection of milling material.
Text and images © Mark Berry,
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