The Alan Caston Collection - Part 2

In early 2010, I was sent a number of spectacular images taken by Alan Caston from the 1930s onwards, which were a result of his daughter Stella scanning a set of mostly negatives that she had come across. Recently whilst working through some more family albums, a good number more images have been found, and although these are prints rather than negatives which makes them harder to scan well, there are further set of impressive images that have surfaced here. As these are prints, some of them have been identified from Alan's writing on the back of the prints.

From leaflets found with the prints, it looks as if Alan was a member of the SPAB Windmills Section in 1936.

I have applied some cropping, and occasional straightening to these images, to present them here in their best possible arrangement.

Alfriston, Sussex

house converted tower mill

Argos Hill, Mayfield, Sussex

All 4 sails, but no shutters.

Aythorpe Roding, Essex

All 4 sails with shutters.

Bembridge, Isle of Wight

All 4 common sails.

Billericay, Essex

post mill - 2 common, 2 shuttered sails

Likely taken by Alan's father, circa 1908

Burgh Castle, Suffolk

tower mill, 4 shuttered sails, fantail

Likely taken by Alan's father, circa 1908

Cross in Hand, Sussex

All 4 sails.

St John's Mill, Eastbourne, Sussex

tower mill, no sails or fan, tower shows bands of render/surface finish

Fryerning, Essex

3 broken sails

Jack and Jill, Clayton, Sussex

First image also shows remaining roundhouse of Duncton Gate post mill.

Kedington, Suffolk

4 sails, windowless tower

Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire

two sails

Little Laver, Essex

4 shutterless sails, broken fantail

Moreton, Essex

4 shutterless sails

Mountnessing, Essex

3 shutterless sails

Nutley, Sussex

4 shutterless sails

Ockley, Surrey

4 shutterless sails

Paignton, Torbay, Devon

Capless tower

Patcham, Sussex

4 sails with shutters

Stow mill, Paston, Norfolk

tower mill, 4 sails

Polegate, Sussex

4 sails with shutters

Ramsey, Essex

4 sails with shutters

Rottingdean, Sussex

4 sails without shutters

Rye, Sussex

4 sails without shutters

Sarre, Kent

4 sails with shutters. Likely taken by Alan's father, circa 1908 (date based on another dated photo in the same album printed on the same type of paper). Alan corresponded with Rex Wales, to identify the mill shown.

Silverhill, Sussex

4 sails with shutters

South Ockendon, Essex

4 sails with shutters

Southend on Sea, Essex

Illuminated mock mill

Stock, Essex

4 sails

Thorpeness, Suffolk

4 sails - pictures are from a later era.

Toothill, Essex

fragmentary sails

Upminster, Essex

4 sails

West Blatchington, Sussex

4 sails

White Roding, Essex

4 sails

Worlingworth, Suffolk

4 shutterless sails with spider


Unidentified children on the gate of Mill House

Jack Belsham, miller at Aythorpe Roding

The two young men shown were friends of Alan, since they show up in other (non-windmill) photos as well.


tower mill - bare tower

Judges Ltd Postcards

Obviously not taken by Alan Caston, but collected by him whilst out on his photographic expeditions.

296. An old Sussex windmill

Identified as Rodmell Mill.

569. Friston mill, Sussex

12353. Staplecross windmill

15486. St Leonards on Sea, Silverhill windmill

16076. Rye mill

17891. Hog Hill Mill, Icklesham

18101. The Mill, Wimbledon Common

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