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Our reference library at Watlington House holds thousands of printed books and pamphlets, including most of the standard works on traditional mills and milling, as well as a large number of specialist publications dealing with various topics and specific sites around the world. If you would like to visit us, please make an appointment.

Using the catalogue

From this page you may search the catalogue of our library. There are a variety of ways of approaching this.

We also offer an extensive glossary and thesaurus based on a database of more than 2700 mill-related items, initially assembled by Tony Yoward. You may look up terms as an aid to better understanding of molinological technicalities and to suggest other search terms to extend your research. The thesaurus is an extension of the glossary that brings together related terms to enable more intelligent searching. To search the glossary and thesaurus you will need to register or login on our other site. (Please see further information about login procedure.)


At the moment, this catalogue does not include most of our collection of journals. You may browse a list of these in the "journals, newsletters and reprints" collection from the "browse a complete collection" option on our online archive catalogue. You will be required to log in first. (Please see further information about login procedure.)


It may be quicker and cheaper for you to ask us to do the research for you. Friends of the Mills Archive qualify for preferential rates. Please inspect our tariffs.

Our bookshop

If you cannot find what you want in our library, or you want your own copy, check our continually updated list of books for sale. We stock many important mill books, both new and those second-hand titles which are surplus to requirements and have been donated to raise funds.


We are always happy to consider donations to help build our collection. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

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