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Eskdale Mill in Cumbria
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Press Release - 07 March 2007

Free public lecture is grist for the mill

The origins and development of Britain’s water-powered corn mills will feature in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 14 March.

Martin Watts, a traditional millwright, consultant and author, will look at the 2000-year history of these individual historic buildings and their machinery.

His lecture will highlight some of the techniques and skills of the millwrights who designed, built and maintained mills and he will share his thoughts on mill repair and restoration.

Mr Watts began studying mills in the 1960s. In 1979 he became curator of a working water and engine-powered corn mill at Worsbrough Mill Museum in South Yorkshire. He then spent seven years repairing a watermill in South Devon and setting up a stoneground flour business.

Since 1988 he has worked as a traditional millwright and consultant and has written a number of articles and books.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall in 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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