Louth Museum – Watermills Around Louth

Watermills around Louth

This lecture will be held in Louth Methodist Church, Nichol Hill.

Jon Sass has been interested in industrial archaeology, including wind and watermills from an early age. Following a motor-vehicle apprenticeship in Coventry, he was joint instigator in saving Wrawby post mill from demolition in 1961, serving as hon. secretary and later chairman of the Wrawby Windmill Trust. He was a technical adviser to the Lincoln Civic Trust in their sponsored restoration of Ellis’s Mill Lincoln and has advised on the preservation and restoration of numerous mills. He has authored five books relating to traditional milling, including two in the USA where he was miller/millwright at Flowerdew Hundred Plantation, Virginia to commission and operate a replica post mill to commemorate the earliest known windmill site in British North America.  Since returning to England, he has served on the committee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Mills Section, the Lincolnshire Mills group and the Industrial Archaeology Group of SLHA.  Jon lives in the Lincolnshire Wolds and is married with two sons and a daughter.

Lincolnshire was once renowned for the number and diversity of types of its windmills, having more multi-sailed tower mills than any other UK county. Water mills in the vicinity of Louth were first recorded in the Domesday survey and were numerous in the area until the early part of the 20th century; six former water mill buildings survive in Louth. Water power was always preferred to wind where suitable watercourses were available because it was considered more controllable and consistent. Besides corn milling, water power was also harnessed to produce textiles, paper, oil from seed crushing and bone meal.

The lectures in 2023 will be held either in the Methodist Church in Nichol Hill, LN11 9NQ, or online using Zoom. Visitors or members may request a Zoom link by emailing start.david@btinternet.com.


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