Historic gunpowder mills revealed near our Riverside Mill development

Date: Thursday 13 August 2020


Our South Thames project team have been working closely with Cotswold Archaeology and Surrey County Council after two historic gunpowder mills were uncovered near our Riverside Mill development in Worcester Park.

The mills, which are thought to date as far back as the 18th century, would have initially produced gunpowder for private and government order. Cotswold Archaeology have confirmed that, over time, the gunpowder mills will have been repaired and reopened multiple times, lastly as a corn mill and permanently closed in 1854.
Nigel Randall, Archaeological Officer with Surrey County Council’s Historic Environment Planning Team, said: “The work undertaken to date has been exemplary and the features revealed are certainly of regional and possibly national importance. We are ensuring that all the structures and features revealed are being carefully recorded.”

David Buchanan, Technical Manager at Taylor Wimpey South Thames, said: “Uncovering the mills and learning about the history behind them has been extraordinary and incredibly insightful. As the excavation is part of a planning condition, we have been working with Cotswold Archaeology, Surrey County Council and Barkemp Construction to ensure the structures are safely excavated. We have also taken all necessary precautions to secure the safety of our employees, appointed consultants and subcontractors.”

The gunpowder mills will be carefully excavated from the site, with the intention to display certain items such as an original millstone at our Riverside Mill development.