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Report - Spillers Millenium Mills April 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Gh0sT, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Gh0sT

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    History

    Millenium Mills was built in West Ham, London, and was originally owned by W. Vernon & Sons. Later, Spillers bought the mill along with some other Vernon & Sons mills. The mill was built on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock in London's Docklands and used for the production of flour. This was an ideal location, being situated on the massive Royal Docks, with rail and water links to transport flour and grain to and from the mill. Other supplies such as fuel could also be brought in. In the 1980's shipping was in decline, eventually forcing the closure of the mill in 1992 when Spillers Milling Limited moved out and staff and production was transferred to their mill at Tilbury Docks. Now the huge mill building stands beside London City Airport and the Exhibition Center for east London (ExCeL) awaiting it's fate, which will probably be demolition to make way for newer developments. Also on the site, 'D' silo remains, clearly visible with it's white paint and large 'D' painted on the side. The other silos were demolished a few years ago along with the CWS, Rank Empire and Premier mills which were deemed problematic for London City Airport.

    We all arrived at the mills late in the day having all come from different places which was a problem for us as it was so hot and sunny the access was swarming with local people going about there business.
    At one point we even had an unmarked police car drive past and give us the "eye". Its hard to try and look innocent when your covered in dust and shit from previous explores and carrying ruck sacks!
    We decided to head off, get a cool drink and wait for our guide to arrive ( Cheers HS, i wont mention camera fail ;) ) Once we were all together we walked back to our original spot and just went for it!
    Sometimes you just cant be subtle ;)

    It was a cracking explore with some comic moments, once we were all done and decided to head out we couldnt!, We were trapped for a while as our only exit had now been blocked by the onsite security guard.
    He obviously wanted to stretch his legs for a bit and decided to do that right below us. We were only one floor above him so had to play silent statues for a bit until he decided to bugger off, Funny because the others had trains to catch and we pushed our time on site to the limit without the unexpected actions of the guard!

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    As always, thanks for looking :thumb
     
    #1 Gh0sT, Apr 29, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011

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