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Randall's Mill

By the early 19th century there seem to have been at least three windmills and a watermill in the Nine Elms area. The one known as Randall’s Mill sat right on the bank of the Thames, by the creek of the River Effra.

An 18th-century watercolour shows it as a stone-built tower mill with three storeys above the wharf level and four common sails. Later illustrations show double-shuttered sails and a fantail.

It’s not clear whether the mill was used for grinding corn; it may have been connected with a local cement factory or china mill. It was probably another victim of the expansion of the railway lines from Waterloo.