Spillers Millenium Mills, London

Millennium Mills is a large abandoned flour mill on Royal Victoria Dock, London. Built at the turn of the 20th century, the building is the last remaining of it’s era in the area.

Spillers Millennium Mills London
 

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History of Millenium Mills

At the turn of the 20th century the Royal Victoria Dock in London became Britain’s largest centre for flour milling. The docks allowed grain imported from overseas to be offloaded from ships directly into the mills, while the railway provided excellent transports links to deliver flour throughout Britain.

Designed and built by millers William Vernon & Sons, Millennium Mills was named after their most popular product, Millennium Flour. Construction of the extensive mills began in 1905, featuring two plants that were capable of producing up to 100 bags of flour per hour.

Vernon & Sons were taken over by Spillers in 1920, who acquired Millennium Mills as part of the take over. The mill was completely rebuilt in 1933 in an Art Deco style.

The Royal Docks closed in 1981 and many of the businesses relocated. A few projects have been proposed for the area where Millennium Mills stands including a large public aquarium and a mixed-use development for residential and leisure facilities, however all the plans have either fallen through or been shelved. Other mills from the area have been demolished, however Millennium Mills which is locally listed and one of the silo’s which is grade II listed, remain.

The east façade features a large piece of artwork by Shepard Fairey who created the “Obey” campaign, amongst other recognisable works. The artwork features an image of a megaphone and the words “Amazing, portable, powerful! Attention, amplify your voice, projects free speech great distances”. The Obey star with eyes logo is also featured in the work.

Our Visit
Millennium Mills is a prominent building and has been popular with Urban Explorers, so Proj3ct M4yh3m, Spider Monkey and I decided to visit as part of a trip to London. The building is mainly stripped and bare, but there are a few nice features left. The views from the roof would be great on a clear day.
Millennium Mills - Spiral slide for transporting flour

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Millennium Mills – Spiral slide for transporting flour

Millennium Mills - Spirals

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Millennium Mills – Spirals

Millennium Mills - Turn left

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Millennium Mills – Turn left

Millennium Mills - Spiral slides numbers 6 and 5

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Millennium Mills – Spiral slides numbers 6 and 5

Millennium Mills - Long room with spirals

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Millennium Mills – Long room with spirals

Millennium Mills - More spirals

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Millennium Mills – More spirals

Millennium Mills - Chutes

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Millennium Mills – Chutes

Millennium Mills - Looking up

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Millennium Mills – Looking up

Millennium Mills - In between

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Millennium Mills – In between

Millennium Mills - Lots of pipes!

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Millennium Mills – Lots of pipes!

Millennium Mills - Old pipes

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Millennium Mills – Old pipes

Millennium Mills - Mini silos

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Millennium Mills – Mini silos

Millennium Mills - Mini silos

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Millennium Mills – Mini silos

Millennium Mills - Decaying industry

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Millennium Mills – Decaying industry

Millennium Mills - Tanks by the window

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Millennium Mills – Tanks by the window

Millennium Mills - More pipes

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Millennium Mills – More pipes

Millennium Mills - Messy pipes

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Millennium Mills – Messy pipes

Millennium Mills - Blue tanks marked with MM

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Millennium Mills – Blue tanks marked with MM

Millennium Mills - View from the window

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Millennium Mills – View from the window

Millennium Mills - Roof view

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Millennium Mills – Roof view

Millennium Mills - Machinery

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Millennium Mills – Machinery

Millennium Mills - There were lots of long empty rooms

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Millennium Mills – There were lots of long empty rooms

Millennium Mills - Storage Tanks

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Millennium Mills – Storage Tanks

Millennium Mills - External

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Millennium Mills – External

Millennium Mills - "Obey" artwork on exterior wall

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Millennium Mills – “Obey” artwork on exterior wall

Further Reading If you liked this report please take a look at Proj3ct M4yh3m's Millennium Mills Report too.

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