|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.
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