Steam Mill ArchaeologyYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Modelled by Cliff Featherston
The steam mill at Upminster that ran in tandem with the windmill was built by James Nokes in 1811, and was in production until 1934. Thereafter the Boulton and Watt bellcrank engine was given to a college then disappeared, presumed scrapped. The building fell into dereliction and was demolished in 1960, just leaving the windmill.
Very few records of the steam mill survived, so in 2014 the archaeology team of the Friends of Upminster Windmill began a dig to discover what they could, and the results have proved to be of international historic importance. All the dig evidence was plotted to scale as a 3D model, which along with research in various national archives has allowed this important example from the era of the Industrial Revolution to be reconstructed as a virtual model.
This model shows the remains found by the archaeology team, and a separate model on this site shows the full steam mill reconstruction.