Hallam Ashley Mill Photograph Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3132 ASHL
  • Dates of Creation
      Early 20th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      39 small boxes

Scope and Content

Photographs and negatives, some mounted on glass, depicting windmills and watermills. These are mainly in East Anglia. Interior and exterior views are shown.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hallam Ashley (1900-1987) was a photographer. Much of his work involved photographing buildings for the National Monuments Record. He was also keenly interested in Mills, something which resulted from his friendship with mill expert Rex Wailes, and worked closely with the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. For a longer biography of Hallam Ashley, see the Profiles section of our website.

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 Luke Bonwick and Nathanael Hodge, April 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.

Custodial History

After Hallam Ashley's death, the majority of his photographs were given to the National Monuments Record (now the English Heritage Archive). His daughters retained only a small amount of material, of which the mill photographs were donated to the SPAB Mills Section by his daughter Kay Davidson in 1998.

In February 2004 the archival material in the possession of the Mills Section was transferred to The Mills Archive. Kay Davidson was contacted at the time and assigned the copyright to The Mills Archive.

Related Material

The majority of Hallam Ashley's photographs are held by the English Heritage Archive, in the Hallam Ashley collection (Reference No. HXA01). Hallam Ashley photographs are also held by the Norwich Castle Museum.