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Books on Mills and Milling by Nigel S. Harris

 

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Corn Watermills of the National Trust in England (2019)  

ISBN 9780955150166

This 75 page hardcover book measures 210mm x 210mm.
It has 25 John Brandrick drawings and 120 colour photos. 

Due to radical technological changes in the way flour was produced at the end of the 19th century; traditional corn watermills could not compete and very quickly fell into serious decline. An enormous number were lost to decay or converted into residential properties; others were put to other uses. Very few working mills remain.

Luckily, the National Trust had the foresight to protect and preserve 19 English water-powered corn mills which are regularly open to the public. Many are working and producing stoneground flour.

The aim of this book is firstly to overview the basics of flour production using water power and millstones. It then goes on to describe the history and main features of interest of each of the 19 English corn watermills in the National Trust collection.  It is hoped that the reader will be encouraged to visit some or all of the mills, when they are open, and gain an insight into our past industrial heritage.

Corn Watermills of the National Trust in England is priced at 18.00
+ 4.00 UK postage & packing charge.

 
Corn Watermills of NT
 
 

 

 

 

Corn Mill Drawings of John Brandrick (2018)  

ISBN 9780955150159

This 106 page hardcover book measures 210mm x 210mm and has over 200 colour & 20 b&w illustrations of watermills and windmills.

On retirement John Brandrick decided, as a hobby, that he would put his architectural and mechanical draughting skills to use by carrying out surveys and preparing digital drawings of historical structures, mainly corn mills. Some of the mills John has drawn no longer exist. To be able to draw these John researched various archives to obtain data regarding building size, its layout and equipment.

 John is now internationally renowned for the documentation and production of precision technical illustrations of historic corn mills. This book celebrates his work and illustrates examples of buildings and equipment of traditional water powered corn mills.

The Corn Mill Drawings of John Brandrick is priced at 17
+ 4.00 UK postage & packing charge.

 
Mill Drawings of J Brandrick
 
 

 

 

 

Wheat Flour Milling from Millstones to Rollers (2017)

ISBN 9780955150142

This 174 page hardcover A4 book has over 600 colour and black & white images.

Flour milling underwent a radical change during the 25 year period from 1875 to 1900. The drive for the change came from continental Europe and the United States, where new flour mills had been built containing sophisticated machinery developed in an attempt to extract as much flour as possible from the wheat grain.

For a period the UK flour industry was resistant to change and unable to compete with the foreign competition. In the new mills metal rollers replaced traditional millstones which had been in use for more than 2000 years. Wind and water powered mills gave way to steam and eventually electricity as the mill's energy source. Traditional water and wind powered millstone mills could not compete and very quickly fell into serious decline. This book charts the roller mill revolution.

Wheat Flour Milling from Millstones to Rollers is priced at 29
+ 4.50 UK postage & packing charge.

 
Wheat Flour Milling
 
 

 

 

 

Traditional Corn Milling Watermills (2015)  

ISBN 9780955150135

This 40 page A5 colour and black &white image paperback booklet consists of extracts from the more comprehensive and detailed 211 page A4 hardcover book by the same author entitled: "Watermills and Stoneground Flour Milling"

This booklet is the introduction every watermill novice needs. It aims to explain how watermills used for stoneground flour milling worked. Using numerous drawings and photographs, it guides the reader through the various elements that go to make up a working watermill, including a brief discussion on the layout of a typical mill building. Having explained how the machinery in the mill operated it then describes how wheat is ground into meal and how that meal is processed further to make white flour.

 

Traditional Corn Milling Watermills is priced at 8
+
1.80 UK postage & packing charge.

 
Trad Corn Milling
 
 

 

 

 

Watermills and Stoneground Flour Milling (2014)  

ISBN 978095515012866

This 211 page A4 hardcover book has 95 high quality line drawings + more than 465 colour pictures and around twenty 3D colour drawings.

 This book is the in-depth introduction to watermills and stoneground flour milling that an inquisitive novice needs. It is a book that aims to give in a simple way, a thorough understanding of stoneground milling terminology, mill technology and mill practices. Using easy-to-follow text plus  numerous drawings and photographs, it guides the reader through the various elements that go to make up a working watermill. From explaining the different types of cereals that are likely to have been processed in millstone mills, through the history of watermills, to the building design and layout. It continues by explaining the need for the various machinery components found in watermills and how they work. Only then does it describe how wheat is ground into meal and how that meal is processed further to make white flour.

 

Watermills and Stoneground Flour Milling is priced at 39
+ 4.50 UK postage & packing charge.

Stoneground Milling
 
 

 

 

 

Gomshall Mill, the Harris Millers & their Shere Connection (2005)  

ISBN 9780955150104

This 28 page A5 black & white image paperback booklet describes the use, history and owners of Gomshall Mill, Surrey.

In particular it reviews the Harris family of millers, who were associated with the mill from around 1750 until 1806. It is illustrated throughout and contains images not previously published elsewhere.

 

Gomshall Mill, the Harris Millers & their Shere Connection is priced at 5
+ 1.80 UK postage & packing charge.

 
Gomshall Mill
 

 

 

 


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