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Description: Grey's Mill
Date Listed: 25 June 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 116554
OS Grid Reference: TL8609818210
OS Grid Coordinates: 586098, 218210
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8315, 0.6994
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KELVEDON MALDON ROAD
TL 8618-8718 (east side)
10/257 Grey's Mill
Water and steam mill, now warehouse. 1858. Painted brick in English bond. 5
bays aligned NE-SW, and engine house of 3 narrow parallel ranges aligned NE-SW
to SE. Mill of 4.storeys and loft, engine house of one storey. SW elevation of
mill, 2 windows on ground and first floors, 3 on second floor, one on third
floor, all original cast iron casements of 12 lights with cast iron lintels.
Large semi-circular cast iron casement in loft. C20 double doors on ground
floor, original double loading doors on first floor. Corner giant pilasters and
2 giant pilasters in each return, with simple brick capitals and bases. The
left elevation has 5 similar windows on the ground and second floors, 4 similar
windows and central double loading doors on the first floor, no windows on the
third floor. Low-pitched roof with long overhangs. The engine house has 3
original cast iron casements with semi-circular heads; the gable of the middle
range stands above the outer ranges, and has a round cast iron window. The
interior has no machinery but otherwise is almost complete. Transverse beams of
imported pine of high quality approx. 9.20 metres long, supported on cast iron
stanchions on ground, first and second storeys, replaced wooden posts on third
storey. Roof trusses with 2 raking struts in each pitch. Original internal
stairs to full height at each end. C20 goods lift in front left corner. The
mill was built for George Docwra after the earlier mill was destroyed by fire in
1858, and the engine house was added before 1872. At that time 6 pairs of
stones were driven by water power, and 5 pairs by steam, operating 24 hours a
day, 6 days a week; it was insured for £2,000. The square chimney was at the
rear of the engine house. By 1976 it was leaning dangerously, and was
demolished soon afterwards (H. Benham, Some Essex Water Mills, 1976, 67, and
M.S. Gregson, unpublished dissertation Kelvedon Milling from the late Eighteenth
Century to the early Twentieth Century, 1976, 5-6, in the possession of the
Listing NGR: TL8609818210
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Source: English Heritage
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