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Bodley Foundry Collection
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The iron foundry of Bodley & Co was located on Commercial Road in Exeter, Devon. Much archival material, relating to mills for which parts were made by Bodley & Co, was rescued by Reading industrial archaeologist Cyril McCombe from the ruins of the demolished Bodley Foundry.

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Company Profile: Whitmore and Binyon
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

Whitmore and Binyon was a British Engineering Firm based at Wickham Market, Suffolk. When the roller milling revolution took place at the end of the 19th century it was already one of the oldest established engineering and millwrighting workshops in England. It briefly survived the transition to roller machinery and was one of the many manufacturers of it in England until the plant was sold in 1901. What follows is a brief timeline of the history of the company: 1780 – Wickham Market…

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Company Profile: Whitmore and Binyon 2
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

Whitmore and Binyon was a British Engineering Firm that started life in 1780 when Mr. Nathaniel Whitmore opened an iron works. However, it was his son, Mr. John Whitmore, who made the Wickham Market Iron Works successful when he set out on his own in 1827, 15 years after Nathaniel Whitmore had died. Under John Whitmore the business grew. By 1843 the Iron Works employed 15 men and had its own fire engine. By 1851, 20 men were employed and by 1860, 60 men. In this same year Mr.…

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Derek Ogden Collection
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A millwright for many years, Derek Ogden repaired mills throughout the UK until he moved to the USA in 1974, continuing his mill work across the pond. His life’s work is documented in detail in the notes, photographs and drawings in his collection.

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Donald Muggeridge Collection
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Donald W Muggeridge donated his collection of mill photographs and transparencies to the Templeman Library at the University of Kent at Canterbury. In a collaborative project we catalogued and uploaded scans of more than 400 selected photographs.

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E M Gardner Collection
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Emilie Montgomery Gardner, known to the milling world as E. M. Gardner, remains an elusive and enigmatic character shrouded in mystery. Miss Gardner worked as a Civil Servant and was awarded the OBE on the completion of her years of service. However, it was Miss Gardner’s profound contribution that she made to our understanding of the history of watermills that came to define her. Through her relentless determination, Miss Gardner succeeded in the face of much resistance in persuading…

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Frank W. Gregory Collection
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Frank W Gregory's collection of mill-related archival material has been catalogued as part of a collaborative project, hosted by the Mills Archive in partnership with the Weald & Downland Museum, and made possible thanks to a grant of £49,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Geoff Holman Collection
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Geoff Holman came from a family of millwrights, the Holmans of Canterbury, and this milling connection in his family sparked a life long interest in traditional mills. His collection, given to the Archive in 2012, contains parts of his family archive as well as his own mill photos and records.

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Holman Bros., Millwrights of Canterbury: A History
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

A history of the Canterbury millwrighting firm, Holman Brothers Ltd., detailing the family and business history over 150 years. Initially started by the late Geoff Holman, completion passed to The Mills Archive staff and volunteers. This is a more detailed online version of a bound book presented to Geoff's family in September 2014; a copy of which can be found in our library.

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Important Individuals
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

Name: Henry Simon Birth: 7 June 1835 in Brieg, Silesia. Death: 22 July 1899 in Manchester, England. Education: Engineering diploma from the Swiss Federal Technical College in Zurich. Occupation: Engineer Notable Accomplishments: Founded Henry Simon Ltd, producer of roller mill machinery. Installed the first complete roller mill plant in Britain for MacDougall Brothers in 1878. By 1892 had built over 400 mills in the UK, Europe, South Africa, India, South America, Australia and Japan with Henry Simon Ltd. plants established in Sydney, Australia in 1893 and in Nagasaki,…

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Mildred Cookson Collection
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Mildred M. Cookson's collection is one of the four Foundation Collections of the Mills Archive, and is one of the most nationally significant sets of mill-related documents in private hands.

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Mills of Finland
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling, Technological innovations

Rex Wailes’ Finnish Mills collection has been catalogued and digitised as part of the Reading Internship Scheme run by The Mills Archive in collaboration with the University of Reading. It has been completed to expand the Archive’s international collection online, and illustrate how far the collections cover worldwide, following the extensive travels of Rex and others around the provinces of Finland. Rex Wailes (1901-1986) was a pioneering British engineer who first took an interest in mills while working with…

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Peter Dolman Collection
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Peter Dolman was a millwright and mill expert from Suffolk. His extensive collection contains photographs and research on wind and watermills throughout the UK. Peter Dolman's life Working on the collection Highlights of the collection

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