Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection
Arthur Perkin interview, part 01
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Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection
Lew Mill, Devon, England, UK
Perkin, Arthur (speaker, male)
Patten, Bob (speaker, male), Patten, Jacqueline (speaker, female)
Arthur Perkin talks about living in Lew Mill, Devon. Moved there in 1938. By that time the mill was worn out but it was kept going during the War. Farmers had 4 or 5 bags ground a week. Seasonal problems with the mill. Dressing the millstones. Oak used for the mill cogs. Cleaning the leat (nearly 2 miles long). It also drove the sawmill. Miller worked through the night as the water was needed for the sawmill during the day. Leat now filled in with quarry waste. Worked full time during the War. ‘West of England sacks’ as a form of measurement. Father ground oats, barley and wheat. 3.5 to 4 cwt per hour of oats could be ground.