By contrast, on his death Lord Beaverbrook's executors claimed that his Canadian citizenship exempted him from UK death duties and his ashes went to Canada!One of our members noticed a pewter tankard engraved ' P. He found that Philip Greathurst was a member of the family running the Butchers Arms opposite the village green in the 1840s - and so he bought the tankard.Peter James gave us an absorbing account of his project to rebuild the mill to look as it did in its heyday, whilst creating a modern home within its walls. Fortunately a detailed description of the original mill still existed and this, together with some fine photographs, gave Peter the starting point for his project.Peter then took us through the project with superb photographs showing each stage of the reconstruction.New houses were built, but later years saw a loss of shops and pubs, although the M25 brought some relief to our traffic congestion. Reading room and chapel, both under threat, have been saved, youth facilities improved and school expanded.These and other voluntary efforts even brought us a 'most improved village' award in the Britain in Bloom competition!Separate Manors in Domesday; they eventually passed to the Evelyns of Wotton who still hold the Manor of Westcott today.Three big estates were created around Westcott - Milton Court, the Rookery, where Robert Malthus was born, and Bury Hill which absorbed Milton Street.
He was able to describe every aspect of design and subtle change in detail since the foundation of the Pewters Company.
We not only saw how the mill was put together but also gained an appreciation of the skills and ingenuity of the builders and millwrights of the past.
The main structure of the mill is now almost complete; it will now be fitted out internally and the final stage will be to fit the sails.
By mid Victorian times that form of merriment had begun to decline but the 'climbing boys' who went up the inside of chimneys to sweep them, were still allowed the day off work for 'collecting'.
A more mild form of celebration with May Queens and dancers circling around a maypole platting ribbons took hold in the early twentieth century but the advent of WWI marked the effective end of this 'new tradition'.
The estates were the main employers, mainly through farming, forestry and domestic service. The parish church and school soon followed, and by 1900 there were three watermills, a brickfield, forge, wheelwright, six pubs and ample shops to serve the community.