Collection: Wailes, Rex

18 Aug 1884 - 31 Dec 1979
Collection containing Photographic material
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The collection contains photographs of industrial buildings compiled by industrial archaeologist Rex Wailes (circa 1902-1986). Windmills and watermills are the best represented structures in the collection but there are images for a wide variety of industrial buildings including manufacturing premises and processes for brewing, vinegar making and dyestuff manufacture.

Many photographs taken by Rex Wailes are in the Historic England Archive’s 'Red Box Collection' including the prints from the 35mm negatives which make up series WAI01/04.

The collection comprises several series' created by other industrial archaeologists including a set of 39 glass plate negatives relating to mills in East Anglia that may have been taken by Dr J H Bullock.

Archival History

Received Via : Enid Wailes and Alan Stoyel (see provenance) Provenance : Pioneering Windmill, Watermill and industrial buildings recorder Author of The English Windmill and A Source Book of Windmills and Watermills. RW took only a proportion of the total images in the collection - mostly 35mm slides for lecturing and research

Ownership of collection formally transferred to EH by Anthea de-Barton-Watson (daughter of Rex Wailes) 6th June 2003.

2nd Depsoit via Alan Stoyel, Feb 2000.


This Collection is divided into 4 Series and 349 Child Records
This Collection contains the following materials:
Photograph (35mm Slide): 6,176
Photograph (Lantern Slide): 106
Photograph (Negative): 5,000
Photograph (Negative): 61
Photograph (Print): 10,000
Photograph (Negative): 10,500

People & Organisations

Photographer: Wailes, Rex


Windmill, Watermill