Restoration of historic mill in Stratford steps up a gear

The restoration of House Mill, a Grade I listed building on the River Lee at Stratford, has moved to a second stage.

Following a nod from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November in the first round of potential funding, House Mill Trustees are now researching a more detailed second round application due next spring.

They are seeking �2.65m but need to secure another �1.6 million of match funding to complete the project which will launch a major fund raising over the coming months.

Targeted is the completion of a visitor attraction, celebrating the skills and achievements of the people who worked in the Lower Lea Valley and ultimately the refurbishment of the ancient Mill and its equipment for future generations.

The scheme is to bring it to life the House Mill with an “innovative presentation of its history, technology, the products and the people” using a variety of media styles.

The aim is to reinstate all four water wheels, to restore some of the mill machinery to demonstrate grinding and together with modern turbines and to use the wheels for hydro power generation to show water power from the earliest times to the present.

Built in 1776 it is one of the most important historic buildings surviving today in East London and is the largest remaining tidal mill in the world.

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A trustee spokesman said a ten-string team of expert consultant companies will work closely with them “to deliver our vision for the next stage in the life,” with a dynamic visitor attraction at a priority.

The body is looking recruit more with skills and/or experience to help take it through the next stage in its development.

For those interested, contact with cv and covering letter: Beverley Charters info@housemill.org.uk

For further information on the project visit: info@housemill.org.uk

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