1. At which mill
will you find this colourful window?
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?
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
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 later.
become popular in the UK as a pub
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.
And here are the
Quiz questions for you to test your little
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