2 “Arctic” stove, purchased new in 1970, with iron kettle. Both used to supply constant heat and hot water in the cabin which I built against one of the windows of the mill and which I lived in for the first five years while I worked on repairs and plans for adapting the mill to my use.
3 Salt-glazed taps probably used in breweries, dye works and chemical industries. Stamped with the name Thomas Smith & Co, Canal Potteries, Old Kent Road, London.
4 Oven door with curved spring for holding door latch closed.
5 Various chimney pots
6 Two hand-thrown chimney pots, the larger one impressed with the name Pancrass Weston. Two earthenware containers in the foreground, one with an iron lid (not part of it) taken from a kitchen range in a miners’ house in Silksworth, Co Durham. The other, protected by basket work.
7 Enamel sign and grain sack, with biscuit tin and other packaging..
8 Partitioned wooden box for drink bottles and box for Vim cleaner. Note “finger jointing” in corner of latter.
9 Gate to a terrace of four Victorian houses in Coventry, which stood on high ground and were reached by a tunnel and steps set in a sandstone retaining wall. These tunnels were dark and decidedly spooky, and had the words “Middle Borough terrace 1851” carved in “Gothick” letters above - real Dracula stuff, and probably familiar to George Eliot who knew this area. The arches are still there, but now blocked up.
10 School teacher’s chair from Maenofferen School, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
11 Ridge tiles from 111 Prospect Vale, Charlton, London. They appear in my picture of that title.
12 Iron railings from Coventry. If one tries to draw these from memory, one finds that the intertwining curves are not as simple as they appear.
13 Terracotta top to gate pier.
During the 1960s and early 70s many Victorian buildings were being demolished to make way for new developments. This was when I started my work of recording. From time to time I was also able to salvage some items as well, though not as many as I would have liked. As the following pictures show, these are on display in a rough and ready way along one side of the mill. The photographs of these relics have been divided into four sets for easy viewing.