Water-Power Mills of South Lakeland, by Michael Davies-Shiel

Water-Power Mills of South Lakeland, by Michael Davies-Shiel

Published by Hayloft in 2017, 221 pages. Hardback (N6702)

From the rear side cover: Although Mike Davies-Shiel had written and co-authored several books, the best known being his own Watermills of Cumbria and The archaeology of the Lake Counties with Dr. John Marshall, his 30 years of research and fieldwork to update John Somervell's book on Water Power Mills of South Westmorland remained in many files full of copious notes, cuttings and photographs, awaiting the 'time to write it all up'. These chapters were found, by his wife and son, on his computer after his untimely death. They give a good indication of the social interest, accuracy and enormity of the task he had set himself. He brings to life the people who for centuries have worked to derive a living from the power of the headwaters and tributaries of the great River Kent. This book represents half a life time's meticulous research and fieldwork. It is an irreplaceable historical document and will provide inspiration for local historians and archaeologists for many generations to come. Chapters include:

River Kent, upper reaches down to Staveley
The River Gowan's Mills
River Kent (middle) and Tributaries
Appendices, including:
The Mill Structure
Sources of Research
The Medieval Process of Making Woollens
Abbreviations and General Sources
Mills Index
Index of Millers

The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

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