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Newsletter 98, Autumn 2012  © Hampshire Mills Group

QUIZZICAL CORNER

Here are the answers to the Summer brainteasers.........

 

 

1.    At which mill will you find this colourful window? (Photo below).

Who could have failed to spot it at  Whitchurch Silk Mill whilst walking through to the entrance.

2.  Who was John Lofting and what type of mill did he build on the Thames at Marlow in Buckinghamshire?

Mr Lofting, originally from Holland, came to Marlow via an Islington mill to build a Thimble Mill alongside two other existing mills (paper and corn).  Greater water power from the middle of the River Thames increased output to (apparently) 2 million metal thimbles each year. Pictured is said to be a typical Lofting thimble. John Lofting also invented a fire tender (horse drawn) and one can be seen in Marlowís museum.

3.  What did Donald Peers sing about in the 1950s?

Nellie Dean (Youíre My Heartís Desire) was written in 1905 for Gertie Gitana and Donald Peers repeated Gertieís 1907 recording success 50 years laterIt had become popular in the UK as a pub song, particularly the chorus (There's an old mill by the stream, Nellie DeanÖ).  Who was Nellie Dean?  She, Ellen Dean, is the main narrator of Emily BrontŽís novel, Wuthering Heights but the song bears no relation to the novelís plot.

 

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And here are the Autumn Quiz questions for you to test your little grey cells..........

1.  The French named Beaulieu river once had a very different name: River Exe.  Do you know the origins of the name Exe, where the river starts and how long it is?  (If youíve bought a copy of that superb font of knowledge, The Mills and Millers of Hampshire Vol 2, youíll find that a great help!  If you havenít, order you copy without delay.)

 

2.   Where are you likely to see The Maid of the Mill performed, what with and by whom?

 

3.   There are several types of thimbles.  Above we have a picture of a domestic thimble.  Why would you find another sort on a sailing boat?

 

The answers will be given at the Kingsley Mill Autumn Meeting on Friday, September 14th. And printed in the Winter edition of the Newsletter

 

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