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1931. England of the Windmills by S. P. B. Mais

Mais, S. P. B. 'England of the Windmills' published in 1931 by J. M. Dent and Sons, in hardback, 1st Edition, 268pp. Condition: No dustjacket, but with quite clean pale green cloth boards and clean and tidy internal pages. The lower corner of page xiii-xiv is missing and two letters of one word from that page are therefore missing from the word 'century'. Overall a nice copy. Price: £35 due to rarity (not including post and packing), which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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About this book: 'England of the Windmills', a book full of maps and illustrations of windmills and inspired by the author's friend - and illustrator of the book - F. L. Bussell. Some of the information in the book comes from M. I. Batten’s English Windmills, volume 1; whilst some of the material draws on ‘Old Watermills and Windmills’ by Thurston Hopkins. The author has set out with the idea of ‘How would I get across the very essence of England to, say, an American visitor?’ and the perfect solution was to keep away from the multitude and the high roads and head off the beaten track; and heading off to visit and view windmills achieves that because they are usually in the heart of the country, lonely, inifinitely different in their characteristics and beautiful in their appearance. The author felt that the windmill was as much a part of the English landscape as were dragons and galleons of the 16th Century map-makers; yet at the time this book was published there were less than 200 windmills still working; a decline that was to continue due to its inability to produce flour of a fine enough grade and its inability to compete with modern machinery. The preface touches on the history of the windmill – Scottish millwright Andrew Meikle’s invention to make the windmill cap turn automatically to capture the best wind and his invention of the spring sail; not forgetting Sir William Cubitt’s patent sail. Types of mills are discussed: the Post Mill with Open Trestle; the Post Mill of the Round House and Fantail variety; The Smock Mill (with stage) and the Tower Mill with Revolving Cupola. There are drawings of these types of mill in the preface

Note; Preface
1. West Sussex
2. East Sussex
3. Kent
4. Surrey; 5. Buckinghamshire
6. Essex
7. Suffolk
8. Norfolk
9. Cambridgeshire
10. Lincolnshire
11. Rest of England

List of Maps:
p47. Sussex, Kent, and Surrey Windmills
p122. Essex, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, etc. windmills
p169. Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire windmills
p217. Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, and Norfolk windmills

There are 70 illustrations of mills:
Frontispiece: Wainfleet Mill, Lincolnshire
vi. Cross-in-Hand Mill, Sussex
xi. Climping Mill, Sussex
xiii. Chesterton Mill, Warwickshire
xix. Outwood Post Mill, Surrey
xxv. Types of Windmills
xxvii. A Windmill Interior
xxx. Nutley Mill, Sussex
1 & 3. Clayton Mills, Sussex
7. Patcham Mill, Sussex
9. West Blatchington Mill, Sussex
15. Barnham Mill, Sussex
23. West Chiltington Mill, Sussex
26. Rottingdean Mill, Sussex
27. Polegate Mill, Sussex
29. Shipley Mill, Sussex
35. Argos Hill Mill, Sussex
37. Blackboys Mill, Sussex
43. Icklesham Mill, Sussex
48. KIngsdown Mill, Kent
51. Cranbrook Mill, Kent
55. Northbourne Mill, Kent
59. Chillenden Mill, Kent
63. Barham Downs Mill, Kent
71. Old Keston Mill, Kent
77. Ash Mill, Kent
78 & 79. Wimbledon Common Mill, Surrey
81. Reigate Heath Mill, Surrey
83. Outwood Common Mills, Surrey
87. Shiremark Hill, Surrey
91. Wray Common Mill, Surrey
97. Cholesbury Common and Mill, Buckinghamshire
101. Brill Mill, Buckinghamshire
105. Turville Mill, Buckinghamshire
113. Pitstone Mill, Buckinghamshire
115. Cholesbury Mill, Buckinghamshire
121. The Mill on the Hill, Brill, Buckinghamshire
123. Mountnessing Mill, Essex
129. Upminster Mill, Essex
135. Stock Mill, Essex
137. Little Hadham Mill, Hertfordshire
143. Bocking Mill, Essex
144. A Suffolk Windmill
147. Haverhill Mill, Suffolk
155. Friston Mill, Suffolk
159. Thorpeness Mill, Suffolk, and "The House in the Clouds"
166. Stokesby Mill, Norfolk
167. Mousehold Heath (Old Crome's) Mill, Norfolk
173. Sprowston Mill, Norwich
179. Horning Mill, Norfolk
183. A Broadland Mill, Norfolk
189. Denver Mill, Norfolk
193. Fulbourn Mill, Cambridgeshire
195. Littleport Mill, Cambridgeshire
199. Downfield Mill, Cambridgeshire
203. Bourn Mill, Cambridgeshire
214. Stretham Mill, Cambridgshire
215. The Mill Farm, Heckington, Lincolnshire
221. Heckington Mill (Eight-Sailed), Lincolnshire
225. Boston Mill, Lincolnshire
229. Friskney Mill, Lincolnshire
233. Trusthorpe Mill, Lincolnshire
237. Coleby Mill, Lincolnshire
240. Torksey Mill, Lincolnshire
241. Bidston Hill Mill, Cheshire
243. Holgate Mill, Cheshire
247. Mappleton Mill, Yorkshire
249. Lytham St. Anne's Mill, Lancashire
251. An Anglesey Mill
255. Kibworth Mill, Leicestershire


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