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Thread: Ware Park Mill

  1. #1
    Join Date
    February 2011

    Wink Ware Park Mill

    First some history of the site:-

    Ware Park Mill, built by James Fordham in 1721, was used for grinding corn and was powered by the water of the River Rib where it meets The Lee. It eventually fell into the hands of J.W.French & Co.


    4/5 Riversdale Mill House

    House. Circa 1800. Ware white brick with slate roof. 2-storeys
    and attic square building of unusual form. Wide gable end faces
    S to riverside road with symmetrical 3-windows on each floor, the
    central windows being much narrower and the 1st floor window
    having a lower head. Central part of roof raised in a top-hamper
    creating a step in the gable on each side of the large central
    attic window. Recessed sash windows with vertical margin lights,
    gauged flat arches and stone sills. Brick band crosses cable at
    eaves level, interrupted by arches of larger windows. 2 2-
    storey recessed panels to E side wall with 2-light casement
    windows to each floor under flat gauged arches. Slate slab in
    blind upper opening on E. Round-headed opening for views down
    road outside high garden wall. Square internal chimneys. Narrow
    verge moulding.

    Listing NGR: TL3357213887

    Source: English Heritage

    A map of the area showing the relative positions of the photo locations:-

    The Mill stream (originally a tributary of the River Rib) has been substantially filled in but it's route can be seen for about two thirds of it's length.

    Location A, where the Mill stream passes under the road leading to Ware Park House.

    The stream bed at position 1 where there is, what appears to be, the remains of a sluice gate.

    The stream bed at position 2

    The stream bed at position 3, the limit of the recognisable route.

    The next three pictures show where the mill stream reached the mill and where the water wheel would have been located. In the first picture it can be seen that the wall is encrusted with lime scale, where the water ran down the wall.

    The main mill building (a five storey edifice) was demolished in the early 20thC and only the back wall, shown in the previous pictures, remains along with scraps of the front wall and the water exit, under the road, into the River Lea.

    The Mill stream outlet, with the Mill House in the background.

    The Mill House has been substantially refurbished, over the last 10 years or so, with a new roof and an extension projecting towards the old Mill building, but remains empty and boarded up, the developers failing to get planning permission to build a glass fronted block of flats on the site of the old mill next to it.

    Some more pictures of the Mill House though sorry no interiors (I'll leave that to someone younger and more agile;) )

    Last edited by John_D; 22nd Apr 11 at 12:54.

  2. Thanks given by: Harrysbank, highcannons, oldscrote, skeleton key, Snips86x
  4. #2
    Join Date
    January 2007
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    What a fantastic find. Excellent detective work and write-up. Love the remains of the mill and the house is a real bonus. Well done. :)
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  5. #3
    Join Date
    February 2011


    Excelent images I love the old mill house. Did you manage to get in it? or was it totally sealed?

  6. #4
    Join Date
    March 2010

    Thumbs up

    Nice one , John D .
    Interesting place and great pic's bud ;)

    SK / Neil :)

  7. #5
    Join Date
    June 2007


    Great report, with time and effort to identify the hidden history :)

    Sadly another part-renovated mill, which the builders / developers have been unable to complete for one reason or another.

  8. Thanks given by: Harrysbank

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