There are some more rural parts to Upminster that I had expected and this is a mill which was constructed between 1803 and 1805. It was badly damaged during storms in 1899 and the costs of reconstruction were thought to be too high, but members of the public donated half the cost of repair. The mill then stayed in usage until 1934 and there were plans for the site to be turned into housing. These plans didn’t come to fruition due to local opposition, with Essex County Council taking over the site just before the Second World War.
The council didn’t do a great job, they left the outbuildings to fall into disrepair, requiring them to be demolished in the 1960s. They also lost some of the equipment, but in the 1970s volunteers started work on a project to restore the mill. It was fully restored and complete, but there’s a current restoration effort which has meant the top section has been temporarily dismantled.
And an information board at the site. The mill is occasionally open to the public, although not until 2021 due to the current health crisis.