Victoria Flour Mill in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
A look the the history behind these imposing buildings which still dominate the skyline of central Grimsby Town today and . . .
For once a photograph in the history section which I like !
If you’ve been to the central area of Grimsby then you’ve surely seen two things, The Dock Tower and the Victoria Mills by the river and retail park.
The mill was built in 1889 and 1906, the architect being a Hull man Sir W.A. Gelder and Pevsner describes them as being of ‘the Flemish style’
The mill was built and owned by the Marshall family, wealthy farmers and landowners, and the building seen today, although much is lost, is in fact a replacement.
The original steam-driven Victorian mill was destroyed by a fire in 1888.
They used to have a site further up on the Haven, known as Haven Mill but the opening of Alexandra Dock meant that even bigger ships could now be loaded with sacks of flour direct from the mill so they moved to this dominant site opposite Freeport Wharf and near the Old Grimsby Market.
These were the ‘hay days’ for the Marshall family and their flour production and they made flour whilst the sun shone, it didn’t last though, sadly nothing ever does.
In 1909 it was sold to Spillers who ran it for a number of years until it was no longer profitable.
I believe it was still in action in the 1950s, I’d like to establish and end date if possible.
The chimney and clock tower were demolished and the building used by Nickerson’s for a while.
Then came the 1990s and all the grand ideas that decade had. In London, Docklands living was now the thing, people who earned a lot of money now wanted to live in parts of London they’d dare not even drive through a couple of years previously.
If it was good enough for Londinium then it was good enough for Grimsby - plans were in to develop the site into ‘Luxury Apartments’ on the Dockside and also a Marina which would be the envy of all - all that was missing was a Formula One track
Flats were indeed ‘built’ though I seem to recall it wasn’t a great success initially, there was no tradition of living in flats in the area. Whilst some sold, some did not and ended up being used by the council for welfare housing . . .
That was then and this is now however, I’ve no idea what happens there now but at the time of writing you can buy a 1 bed flat in there for about £60,000 or rent for for about £500 a month.
There was also a pub / club on the first level, promoted as a music club but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it . . .
I hope we can collate some more information on the Victoria Flour Mills in Grimsby, if you can add anything or have any related comments then please do feel free.
All the best
Notes on photograph:
This is a rare shot for me. I took this as as photograph pure and simple - rather than simply having to photographically record a site of building for an article, makes a nice change to have a photogenic scene.
The photograph was taken using My New Camera and was entirely inspired by two tremendous local artists who have rendered similar scenes - the late Herbert Rollett and the very much alive and well Dale Mackie.
My thanks go to Dale and Herbert for the inspiration