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Item: #859, Posted: 30/7/12

"Kent Windmills & Watermills" is a newly published book by Tom Burnham (who supplied the watercolor illustrations) and Gregory Holyoake (responsible for the text). It's a fairly slim hardback "art" book of 38 pages, published through The Dovecote Press in an edition of 750 copies, and as the title suggests, it covers 16 mills in Kent. These each get a full A4 sized watercolour illustration, with detailed line work on the mills themselves, and a page of commentary puctuated with a smaller monochrome line drawing of some detail of machinery or the like. The aim of the book is to give a flavour of the county's mills - the illustrations are the key, and the text is deliberately somewhat secondary - it gives a general introduction to the mill, but is often short on technical detail (prefering to relate various anecdotes about the mill, its associated people, or merely the village it which it is situated). In common with that theme, there's no maps of the mills' locations, or indeed practical information such as directions or opening times.

The mills included are: post mills at Chillenden, Rolvenden, Wittersham; smock mills at Sandwich, Margate, Sarre, Willesburgh, Woodchurch, Sandhurst, Cranbrook, Meopham; tower mills at Canterbury; water mills at Crabble, Westwell, Chilham; gunpowder mills at Chart.

The book, ISBN 190434996X can be purchased from Amazon, Waterstones, Dovecote Press, or direct from the authors, priced at £16.

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