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Harry Apling


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Harry Apling has been one of my main sources of inspiration for this website and I regret not having ever had the opportunity to meet or talk with him.

His book Norfolk Corn Windmills has been as one of my bibles and a wonderful information resource.

Please read his obituary.

Grateful thanks are also due to Harry's nephew Paddy Apling.
Jonathan Neville - 2005

I first met Harry Apling while in the Dereham Home Guard. He was then a robust figure of a Corporal, although I never knew him to throw his weight about. When the Home Guard stood down he was a Lieutenant.

My first contact with him was when he marched a squad of us rookies down to Barclays Bank and initiated us into the mysteries of the Lewis gun, naming the parts and stripping and re-assembling, but particular stress on the “ladies delight” body locking pin!

After reading his book, I met him in Dereham one morning - he was then a frail little gentleman - and pointed out an error in his write up on the “Wayford Bridge Mill”.

The Dereham and Fakenham Times report “Mill Tragedy at Smallburgh” (this mill was not Mr. Durrell’s mill), Durrell’s mill as I knew it in the middle 1930s was known as “Moys Mill.”

He invited me to his house that evening and we spent a pleasant couple of hours chatting and showing me his cardboard diagonal scale rulers to suit various O.S. map scales.
Hugh Dawson - 29th June 2005

Harry Apling's wonderful book
Norfolk Corn Windmills
along with around
1,500 other mill titles and documents
are available from
Alan Ticehurst

If you have any memories, anecdotes or photos please let us know and we may be able to use them to update the site. By all means telephone 01263 713658 or .

Copyright © Jonathan Neville 2005
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