Remembering Three Mills

Newham Heritage Week 2017

There will be three walks given by our group as part Newham Heritage Week

See also Official Newham Heritage Week and Colin Granger - Newham Heritage Festival 2017

Meet at The House Mill, Three Mill Lane, E3 3DU. No pre-booking required. The House Mill is near Tesco at Bromley By Bow.

We will walk from the House Mill to Three Mils Green, Abbey Mill Pumping Station, Abbey Lane and Abbey Gardens. Local history and recollections from the group. History of Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Northern Outfall Sewer. History of Abbey Gardens (past ten years) and the Stratford Langthorne Abbey (12th Century).

Contact: Gordon Joly 07956 203 284 Email


Remembering Three Mills have published a second book (in June 2014) with the title "Stories from Three Mill Lane and Beyond" It can be ordered online from or Amazon and Barnes and Noble (ISBN numbers 1291903089 and 978-1291903089).

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Here is the table of contents:

The book is dedicated to the memory of Robert Wheatley

Remembering Three Mills was originally brought together by the Lea Rivers Trust to research into the history of the area of Three Mills in the East of London, on the boundary between the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets. Many of members lived in Three Mills Lane, or close by, and were familiar with Nicholson's Distillery as well as Kemball and Bishop, which stood on the site now occupied by Tesco Supermarket. Members' memories of Bromley by Bow, the people, schools, parks, shops, churches, boys and girls clubs, have been collected and a book "Remembering Three Mills" will has been published.

Bromley by Bow and its surrounding area is rich in political and social history. It was once the home of such pioneers as George Lansbury, Sylvia Pankhurst, Muriel and Doris Lester, the two sisters who founded Kingsley Hall

The Remembering Three Mills meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Miller's House, Three Mill Lane. Visits have been made to museums and places of interest, including Bromley Hall, The Museum in Docklands, William Morris House and The Imperial War Museum. We also have also had speakers from British Waterways and Lea Rivers Trust.

All meetings or visits are open to people with an interest in local or family history. There is a small annual fee to cover administration and other costs.

First book

The book Remembering Three Mills was published in 2008 by the River Lea Tidal Mill Trust Limited, edited by Brian Strong, ISBN 0954409493. It is available by post from Beverley Charters, The Miller's House, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU, priced £6.00 including postage and packing. Cheques made payable to "River Lea Tidal Mill Trust Ltd"


Remembering Three Mills acknowledges the generous support of The River Lea Tidal Mill Trust Ltd.

Contact: Gordon Joly c/o House Mill, Three Mill Lane, London E3 3DU. Phone: 07956 203 284. Email

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Last edited June 2015