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The House Mill is a major Grade I listed building on the River Lea in Mill Meads, Stratford and part of the Three Mills complex. The original tidal mills at this site date back to the Domesday book of 1086, and the present structure of the House Mill was built in 1776 by Daniel Bisson. It was damaged by fire in 1802, and then rebuilt by Philip Metcalfe.
It is one of only four Grade I listed buildings in the London Borough of Newham. The House Mill remains the "largest tidal mill standing in Britain", although the water wheels are not in operation.
The south facade of the House Mill displays a coat of arms dated 1776 and the initials "D S B" (which could be Daniel and Sarah Bisson), with forty cast iron wall plates which tie the ends of the floor beams.
The Miller's House was rebuilt in 1995 with a modern interior, but retaining the original facade. The Miller's House and a house on the other side of the House Mill were originally built for the Miller and his family. A Second World War bomb landed on a nearby bonded warehouse and damaged both houses on 15 October 1940 which were later demolished. The Mill stopped operating and was used as a warehouse.
House Mill Reviews
This is a great place to go on a weekend for a little exploration. We had a guided tour by Robert who was very informative and gave an enjoyable presentation. All the people here are volunteers and... more »
Recommended for people interested in a bit of lesser known London history, away from the crazy crowds of the big sites. This mill (and two others next door) played a major part in London's baking... more »
Good tour of a Grade 1 listed Water Mill in the east end of London. The huge mill wheels no longer run, but they hope to restore a few of them. A nice bit of history to visit. Run by volunteers, our tour was very good.
The Windmill is open on selected days throughout the year. It's free to go in and run by volunteers. If you go inside you will have to climb the stairs. They are very narrow but there were quite young children when we went and they managed fine. There are several things inside to keep them amused (handles to turn / buttons to press). Our guide was Lois. Very informative and knowledgeable. If you decide not to go inside you can still enjoy your visit. You will be told all about the mill and different types of mills before you go in. And there is a hut where you can buy a few refreshments and a memento if you wish, again run by volunteers. And yes - there is a toilet! Definately worth a visit.
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