This set was originally intended to contain four volumes, the last two covering windmills in Essex parishes A-K and L-Z. During the preparation of this third volume, however, it became clear that the amount of material was going to require a fifth volume; hence this third one covers parishes A-E and the descriptive material on the back panel was hastily adjusted accordingly.
ReproJacket #55-A-1, size 288.9x635mm.
The last volume of this set, covering the windmills of Essex parishes S to Z, was published in 1988. Sadly, the author suffered a fatal heart attack before he was able to handle it and place it on his shelf. It completes a great work which will keep his name on the lips of windmilliners for generations.
ReproJacket #57-A-1, size 284.9x637mm.
By day Ken Farries was a well-respected geography master and chess guru at a Surrey grammar school; but in his spare time he haunted the heaths and highways of Surrey and Essex as SuperWindmillMan, taking photographs and collecting oral histories from hoary old millers.
Here is his first windmill work, a study with Martin Mason of the windmills of Surrey and Inner London published by Charles Skilton, London, in 1966. It was to be followed by a series on the windmills of Essex.
The work is now notable for a major omission, that of the (uniquely surviving) smock sawmill on a private estate at Buckland (not the better-known Buckland-cum-Hobbiton). It was discovered by its owners in 1995, several years after Farries had died. Ironically, Buckland is hardly more than a stone's throw from the school where the author taught for many years.
ReproJacket #40-A-1, size 291.1x675mm.