|House Mill built 1776|
As far as I can ascertain the name probably dates from the 18th century when there was also a windmill on the site. This burnt down a couple of times leaving us with just the two existing mills.
The origin of the name Bow (as in Bow Back Rivers and Bromley-by-Bow) seems to be much older, however. Around 1100AD the wife of Henry I nearly drowned crossing the river close to where Old Ford Lock is now and subsequently had a bridge built. It was, evidently, a bow-shaped arch which led to the adoption of that name for this area.
|Clock Mill built 1817|
Many years ago Watford & District Industrial History Society had an outing to visit various properties of The Workspace Group. One of these is on this site and used as TV studios. The series London's Burning was made here: as was the very first Big Brother.The house for this was built just across the river in what is now the Olympic Park.
The film studio occupies what was once a distillery, a spin-off of the grain trade.
I believe these are the only tide mills existing in London and may be the largest ones in the UK.