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Alan Crocker (1935-2018)
Categorised under: Profiles & Genealogy

Alan’s lifetime of work with his wife, Glenys, has ensured a lasting respect for a formidable legacy of research work in industrial archaeology and particularly in the study of gunpowder mills, paper mills and water turbines. Although they published separately from time to time, it is their team work and their energy that transformed some of these neglected research areas, providing exemplars of detailed and systematic studies.

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Arthur Carlton Smith (d. 2013)
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Arthur Smith worked at the cutting edge of modern technology in the aircraft industry, but has always been happiest when out in the countryside. “Natural history is my main motivation in life. It was through a field study that I became interested in windmills. I found little had...

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David H Jones
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David H. Jones was born in South Kensington, within walking distance of the Science Museum. Claiming to have always been interested in machines of every kind, later in life David read all that he could to find out how things worked. Although intrigued by watermills and windmills...

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E Lancaster Burne (1869-1946)
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As the inventor of a windmill system, E. Lancaster Burne has a place in the development of the windmill. Edward (Teddy) Lancaster Burne was born in 1869 and was apprenticed in the locomotive engine works at Nine Elms (London) under the...

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E M Gardner (d. 1959)
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E M Gardner was the driving force behind the inclusion of watermills in the remit of the Windmill Section of the SPAB, which became the Wind and Watermill Section in 1946. She served on the Committee of the Section from 1951 to 1959. Gardner traveled extensively through...

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Geoff Holman (1937-2011)
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Geoffrey Richard Holman was born on the 18th of August 1937 in Canterbury to Margaret and Tom Holman. With his older brother, he cycled around East Kent when young. No doubt his parents assumed he'd be safe with David, but Geoff recalled the thrill of returning long after...

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H E S Simmons (1901-1973)
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Herbert Edward Sydney Simmons, known to his friends as Syd, was born at Washington, Sussex in 1901. As a young man was a member of the Cyclist’s Touring Club, spending his weekends and holidays cycling in the country. It was as a result of this that he became interested in Mills...

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Hallam Ashley (1900-1987)
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Hallam Ashley was born on 9 July 1900, and spent his early years in Nottinghamshire. His father and grandfather were both professional photographers; the family photographic and picture-framing business was established in Retford in the nineteenth century...

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Harry Meyer (1900-1982)
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Harry Meyer was a mill enthusiast who from the 1920s to the 1940s carried out cycle trips taking photographs of windmills throughout England. Harry was the son of Heinrich Freidrich Ludwig Meyer, a music teacher born in Hanover, Germany. Heinrich married Lillian Harriet Smith...

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J Kenneth Major (1928-2009)
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My parents were John William Major of South Shields and Katharine May Ridges of Taunton. My paternal grandfather was John William Major, a joiner and undertaker of South Shields, and my maternal grandfather was John Bull Ridges, a school owner and then a headmaster..

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Leslie Charles Chapman (1908-1992)
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My Dad - Leslie Charles Chapman was born in Kingston, Surrey on 17 May 1908 about a month after his older 4 year old brother died, his father was a cobbler with a shop in Kingston and Teddington, he died when my Dad was only 5 years old and his brother only 15 months old. My Dad was sent to boarding school in ...

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Michael Dunn (1916-1983)
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Dr Michael John Dunn was born in Lewisham on 18th June 1916. His father, the Rev. Robert Louis Acland Dunn, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on 26th February 1917 when Michael was only eight months old. Michael’s mother, Violet (nee Cox, of Beaminster, Dorset) distressed and too poorly because...

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Niall Roberts (1922-2010)
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Niall's active interest in mills began when Wimbledon Common windmill, close to his home in New Malden, was restored and opened as a mill museum in 1976. He and his wife Julie acted as weekend guides there and organised the rota faithfully for many years. When he retired from the civil service, with the rank of principal...

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Paul Jarvis
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Born in 1926, almost in sight of the Pluckley smock mill ruin, Paul Jarvis became fascinated by this ruin from an early age. Later in life he learnt that his maternal grandfather had run the mill for a short time, before becoming a farmer in 1926. Jarvis recalls sitting on his grandfather's knee studying English windmills...

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Peter C J Dolman (1955-2002)
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Peter grew up in Bedfordshire, and it was here that his interest in mills was kindled. He visited Stevington post mill while still at school, and was so fascinated by it that began to look at more mills, and learn about them. He began to research the local mills, but then the family moved to Suffolk where windmills were much more plentiful...

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Rex Wailes (1901-1986)
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This temporary page provides biographical detail about Rex Wailes, the pioneer of the UK’s windmill repair movement. Now his collection has moved to the Mills Archive we will be able to offer limited access to interested individuals. To speed up this process we are appealing for substantial funds to help in stabilising some very vulnerable documents, listing and repackaging the collection. Please help us by visiting our donation page on the link below.

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