Spillers Millennium Mills, London

Spillers Millennium 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.

Visited September 2014  UK London, UK Derelict

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.

Millennium Mills - Spiral slide for transporting flour
Millennium Mills – Spiral slide for transporting flour
Millennium Mills - Spirals
Millennium Mills – Spirals
 
Millennium Mills - Turn left
Millennium Mills – Turn left
Millennium Mills - Spiral slides numbers 6 and 5
Millennium Mills – Spiral slides numbers 6 and 5
Millennium Mills - Long room with spirals
Millennium Mills – Long room with spirals
Millennium Mills - More spirals
Millennium Mills – More spirals
Millennium Mills - Chutes
Millennium Mills – Chutes
 
Millennium Mills - Looking up
Millennium Mills – Looking up
Millennium Mills - In between
Millennium Mills – In between
Millennium Mills - Lots of pipes!
Millennium Mills – Lots of pipes!
Millennium Mills - Old pipes
Millennium Mills – Old pipes
Millennium Mills - Mini silos
Millennium Mills – Mini silos
 
Millennium Mills - Mini silos
Millennium Mills – Mini silos
Millennium Mills - Decaying industry
Millennium Mills – Decaying industry
Millennium Mills - Tanks by the window
Millennium Mills – Tanks by the window
Millennium Mills - More pipes
Millennium Mills – More pipes
 
Millennium Mills - Messy pipes
Millennium Mills – Messy pipes
Millennium Mills - Blue tanks marked with MM
Millennium Mills – Blue tanks marked with MM
Millennium Mills - View from the window
Millennium Mills – View from the window
Millennium Mills - Roof view
Millennium Mills – Roof view
 
Millennium Mills - Machinery
Millennium Mills – Machinery
Millennium Mills - There were lots of long empty rooms
Millennium Mills – There were lots of long empty rooms
Millennium Mills - Storage Tanks
Millennium Mills – Storage Tanks
 
Millennium Mills - External
Millennium Mills – External
Millennium Mills - "Obey" artwork on exterior wall
Millennium Mills – “Obey” artwork on exterior wall
Further Reading
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