WMS Mucky Mills Gang
The Gang aims to give practical encouragement to mill owners by turning out for sessions helping with restoration and maintenance work. If you are interested in joining the gang or know of a suitable project, please contact Andrew Findon by phone: 01974 251231 or email email@example.com
Our Millers’ Forum
The Mill owners’ forum, convened by Andrew Findon, addresses topics of mutual interest to millers – grants, income generation, hydro systems and feed in tariffs, pond restoration, insurance, mill history research, hygiene, waterwheel corrosion control and myriad other subjects. The Forum Newsletter is circulated to the members, but is available to all WMS members on request (contact AF – see above).
Recording mills for the Royal Commission database
Members are encouraged to make descriptive and photographic records of mills, and to contribute them to Coflein, the on-line database of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. A Pro-forma for recording is available by clicking on this link; completed copies should be returned to John Crompton who will transcribe the records to Coflein with an acknowledgment to their author. Up-to-date reports on mills which already have Coflein entries, (coflein.gov.uk) are also much appreciated.
The Society has recently taken into care several sets of wooden foundry patterns for waterwheels, originally from Cambrian Foundry, Newtown, which were being disposed of by National Museum Wales. These will be assessed and stored, and it is the Society’s intention to make them available, for a small charge, to anyone wishing to have the parts for a new wheel cast. The cost of new patterns is usually the most expensive part of commissioning new waterwheels. Click on this link for a list and drawings of the available patterns.
Mill research in Radnorshire
New member Dr David Caldicott is researching ancestors who were millers in Radnorshire and Herefordshire. During the 1800s the family were involved in at least 12 mills in that area. If you have any information on millers of that surname (or variations ) please contact David by email – firstname.lastname@example.org