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Book reviews - February 2003

'A Report on the Working Parts of the Mill', by Martin Watts
Published by the River Lea Tidal Mill Trust. Copies are available from the Trust, at The Miller's House, Three Mills Lane, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3DU, price £10 including postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to the River Lea Tidal Mill Trust
As part of the restoration of the House Mill at Bromley-by-Bow, London, E3 English Heritage commissioned Julian Harrap Architects (who were the restoration project architects) to carry out an historical and archaeological study of the Mill.

'Surrey Narrow Gauge including South London', by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith
Published by Middleton Press, 2003. ISBN: 1-901706-87-7. 96 pages. £13.95
This latest title from Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith's splendid series of, mostly, railway books is in their established and popular style, being a compilation of black and white photographs (including many unfamiliar views), relevant large-scale historic Ordnance Survey map or plan extracts, and informative captions. Although essentially a 'railway' book, it is as usual of much wider interest as, in the majority of the views, the interesting details of plant, buildings, pits, personnel, etc, are not as so often almost totally obscured by a close-up view of an item of rolling stock! In addition to opencast mineral working sites, there are sections on road contractors' lines, lines at gas, sewage and water works, military lines, and museum and tourists' lines, and others. Paul Sowan

© GLIAS, 2003