Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection

Arthur Perkin interview, part 01

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    1CDR0015386 (copy of C1033/321)

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection

  • Recording locations

    Lew Mill, Devon, England, UK

  • Interviewees

    Perkin, Arthur (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Patten, Bob (speaker, male), Patten, Jacqueline (speaker, female)

  • Recordist

    Patten, Bob

  • Abstract

    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.

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