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Report - Spillers Millennium Mills. March '11

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by drhowser, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. drhowser

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    Visited with OliverGT. Thanks a lot mate, was a good day out.

    History, stolen from t'internet.. As if you don't all know it already :p

    Millenium Mills was built in West Ham, London, and was originally owned by W. Vernon & Sons. Later, Spillers bought the mill along with some of Vernon & Sons' other 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.

    Security were as visible as ever doing plenty of patrolling, although there looked to be a fair bit of reading papers done at the same time.
    We spent around four hours inside and covered a good amount of the place, but I'm sure there are plenty of new bits for next time..

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    Thanks for looking!​
     

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