27 March, 2019
Review of The House Mill in new local area guide
Here at Sugar House Island we love to keep up to date with what’s going on in the local area. This week we stumbled upon Roman Road LDN, a fantastic online magazine which celebrates all things east London. They’ve been a full time magazine since 2018 and they aim to engage local people with the community around them. Here you can find articles about all of the best bars, restaurants, events and attractions going on in the Bow and Mile End area.
As well as what’s going on locally, Roman Road LDN explore the area’s rich industrial heritage. We found this this recent post about The House Mill particularly interesting. Britain’s oldest recorded tidal mill which has been in operation since at least 1086, is situated on the southern tip of Sugar House Island. It opens its doors to visitors from May to October. If you haven’t been there you should as it’s one of London’s fascinating hidden gems.
Here's a taster from Frederick O'Brien’s post:
“Built in 1776 by Daniel Bisson, the son of a Huguenot baker, the current House Mill sits on Three Mills Island atop the River Lea, a site with milling history dating back to Domesday Book. Its south facade, peppered with a neat grid of windows and doors, looks the same today as would have in the time of Dickens.
In true east London fashion most of the House Mill’s life was dedicated to the production of gin. Coming hot on the heels of the Gin Craze, the building plugged into a local industry that would have employed hundreds in the area. In 1872 the House Mill became the London home of Nicholson’s Gin, and continued to operate until 1940.”
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