1929 windmill survey

Scope and Content

Survey forms giving brief information on windmills in the UK, arranged by county. Press cuttings, photographs and other items filed with the survey forms.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1929, following an article in the Daily Mail about Britain's disappearing windmills, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) launched a campaign to survey and protect England's windmills. The work was led by pioneering mill expert Rex Wailes, and soon became separate Windmill Section of the SPAB. In 1946 this became the Wind and Watermill Section, later referred to simply as the Mills Section. It still continues working to save England's historic mills today.

Access Information

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Note

In 1929, following an article in the Daily Mail about Britain's disappearing windmills, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) launched a campaign to survey and protect England's windmills. The work was led by pioneering mill expert Rex Wailes, and soon became separate Windmill Section of the SPAB. In 1946 this became the Wind and Watermill Section, later referred to simply as the Mills Section. It still continues working to save England's historic mills today.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued to subseries level by Nathanael Hodge, April 2016

Custodial History

The mill survey was carried out from 1929 onwards and led to the creation of the Mills Section of the SPAB. Further information can be found in the SPAB's annual reports for 1929 onwards.
The files were retained by the SPAB and continued to be added to into the middle of the twentieth century. Some were transferred to the Mills Archive with the SPAB Mills Section Collection in 2003. Others were retained in the basement at Spital Square with the other mill files (SPAB-BAS) and transferred to the Mills Archive with these in October 2015. The files have now been reassembled in alphabetical order. Certain counties are missing.

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