The Windmills of England

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Rodney de Little established himself as a leading authority on the history and operation of windmills with the publication of his book The Windmill -Yesterday and Today in 1972. It has since become a sought-after rarity. In the last twenty-five years much has changed. A new interest in conserving England's rural and industrial heritage has saved many windmills from destruction and stimulated the restoration of many more. Further, what were seen as historical curiosities, lacking any contemporary relevance, are now finding new commercial opportunities with the increased awareness of healthy diet and the consequent growth in sales of stone-ground flour. In this substantially extended, revised and updated edition of his earlier work, the author adds not only accounts of recent developments but also writes of the thrill of witnessing the working of windmills in his youth and the challenge of building his own working post mill in Sussex. The Windmills of England opens with the historical background and continues with a detailed account of the design and structure of post mills, tower mills and smock mills. All aspects of the mechanism of the windmill are described, together with the ancillary machinery, and extensive coverage is given to the realities of restoration and running of windmills today. The book includes a selected listing of windmills to see and to visit and a detailed glossary of technical terms. In addition to the line drawing to assist understanding of how windmills are constructed and operate, the book is generously illustrated with 215 photographs from the author's collection and from archive sources beautifully reproduced in duotone.

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