The Brown Family: Ten flour mills in one hundred years


A4 Perfect Bound, 48pp plus card covers. This fascinating story details research on the Brown family and the traditional corn mills, steam mills and roller flour mills that they owned and operated in Hertfordshire, Surrey and London from 1810 to 1954.

This history of the Brown family began with Frederick Shadrach Daniel Brown who built the Sun Flour Mills in Waltham Abbey in 1848 and ended when the company was sold to Spillers in 1954 and the last of the Brown mills were closed at Tower Bridge and the Albert Embankment at Vauxhall. During that time, they owned, leased or operated ten mills in Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Devon, Ireland, and London. Some were almost destroyed by fire and rebuilt using insurance money, others were sold following bankruptcies.

The company survived a critical period in the flour milling industry when steam-powered millstones were making way for roller milling technology and cheap grain was flooding into Britain from North America. The mills in the Brown family were: Sun Flour Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex; Amwell End Mill, Ware, Hertfordshire; Wades Mill, Thundridge, Hertfordshire; Waddon Flour Mills, Croydon, Surrey; Tower Bridge Mills, Shad Thames, Bermondsey, Surrey; The Royal Flour Mills, Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London; Salfords Mill, Horley, Surrey; Powhay Mills, Exeter, Devon; Kingsbury Mill, St Albans, Hertfordshire; and St. Johns Mill, Cork, Ireland.

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