Archeology at the Mill site
The Archaeology of the site has been undertaken by a group of keen volunteers led by Paul Sainsbury. The 15 buildings on the site, which stood around the Mill, were demolished in the 60's by Essex County Council who had ear-marked the site for housing. Having been persuade by public outcry to leave the Mill they relented but left the Mill Field site a a flat landscape. The archaeologists started work by excavating the basement of the Millers House, It was a revelation for they found a sandstone sink, the recess for a kitchen range, a wine cellar and a pastry oven. A flowery W.C. pan was another prized find amongst countless ceramic tiles and debris from the careless demolition. They then moved to exposing the walls and floors of all the other buildings and then they got to work mapping the entire site. This allowed them to match their finds with various documents associated with the Mill
However the Steam House threw up the greatest find which revealed that the steam engine was one of a unique pair with the 'twin' be thought so important that the Science Museum in Kensington has it on display in a prime position.
Still the finds keep coming and the latest find is a 12 foot deep well which was a complete surprise to everyone.