E Mitford Abraham Glass Slides

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3132 EMAS
  • Dates of Creation
      Early 20th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      Around 300 glass slides and negatives

Scope and Content

Photographs of windmills and watermills throughout England and in the Netherlands.

Administrative / Biographical History

E Mitford Abraham was born in 1882 and lived at Caydale Mill, Yorkshire. He was a Quaker and descendant of Margaret Fell, wife of George Fox. He inherited Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston (then in Lancashire, now Cumbria), home of Margaret Fell and centre of early Quakerism, and lived there from 1940 to 1954, when he sold it to the Society of Friends. Some of his brief notes on windmills were published in Ulverston in 1949. He died at Green House Farm, Colton, Ulverston in 1959.


The glass slides arrived at the Mills Archive in boxes labelled A-F, with the slides in each box numbered. This order has been preserved.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to all readers by appointment at The Mills Archive, Reading. We are open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

Archivist's Note

Collection level description revised by Nathanael Hodge, May 2012.

Conditions Governing Use

Printed and high resolution copies of photographs can be made available, subject to a charge. Please see our website for details.

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Custodial History

E Mitford Abraham gave the collection to the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1956. In 1977 his daughter Margaret Fell James (nee Abraham) gave the Mills Section permission to keep the material and allow access to it. In February 2004 it was transferred to the Mills Archive along with the other collections held by the Mills Section.

Related Material

A large collection of E Mitford Abraham's photographs, negatives, cuttings and notes on mills is held at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester.

A collection of E Mitford Abraham photographs taken around the Wirral is held by The Heswall Society, and was published in 2003 as 'A Wirral Album: The Photographs of E Mitford Abraham'.