Item BCA - 2019.2201 - Windmill frame used by Radio Hams in Weald

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BCA - 2019.2201

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Windmill frame used by Radio Hams in Weald

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  • 1965 (Creation)

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1965. This pylon was the framework that once held a windmill on White Owl farm. The farm belonged to Bert and Ted Wilkins. As they were not intending to mend the windmill, Ray Evans from the Royal Corps of Signals based in Weald asked if his amateur radio club could have it.

"We took it back to camp and erected it outside the Amateur Radio club and erected a rotating aerial on top of it. Something we could not do with the Army masts." quote from Ray Evans.

"I knew the Wilkins family well at Coal Pit Farm. Telephone no: Bampton Castle 268. I worked with son Charles at Pressed Steel Fisher at Cowley; we used to travel to work together. He now lives in Australia. The family owned an unequalled collection of vintage tractors, numbering over 100." quote from John Warton.

Sadly, when the Wilkins family sold the farm the tractors were sold very quietly to many different people. The local council was urged to house them and have them on display but to no avail.

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