Mr Martin Watts

Honorary Associate Research Fellow

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After training in three-dimensional design and architecture, I was curator of a working mill museum in South Yorkshire for three years, before moving to Devon in the early 1980s, where I carried out practical repairs on a watermill and set up a stone-ground flour business. I subsequently worked as a freelance millwright and traditional milling specialist, carrying out research and advising on many aspects concerned with the history, recording, interpretation and conservation of watermills and windmills. I have published over 50 articles and books, including The Archaeology of Mills and Milling (Tempus 2002), Water and Wind Power (Shire 2005), the Shire colour albums Windmills and Watermills (new editions 2011) and Corn Milling (new edition, Shire 2008).  Now semi-retired, my particular research interest is in mills and milling in the early medieval period.