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An advert from 1970.

In the early 1950s the company was listed as manufacturers of national, wholemeal and self-raising flour. Packed in 3lb., 6lb, and 12lb. bags for the home. Also manufacturers of animal feeding stuffs of the highest quality. Suppliers of all classes of cereal seeds and fertilisers. Buyers of home-grown wheat, oats, and barley direct from the farm.

In 1959 Millers ceased to mill flour, concentrating solely on animal feedstuffs.

The company then advertised the inclusion of a department for the growing and cleaning of cereal seeds, and the ability to collect and deliver all kinds of feeding stuffs and seeds from farms in bulk.

 


The sack warehouse in the mid 1970s. Courtesy of David Clare.


An advert from 1968.

 

The mill closed in 1990 and has remained empty ever since.

In 2004 plans were made to convert the mill buildings into 49 apartments, but since that date nothing has happened.


A view from 2003.


Another view from 2003.

Sadly the buildings have been the victim of two arson attacks that have put their future in some doubt. Unfortunately the buildings were not properly secured, and so anyone could gain access. In March 2007 the sack warehouse was badly damaged by fire, which gutted the inside, and took much of the roof. Since that time the windows and doors have been boarded-up, and a gaping hole has been left in the roof.
The scene in 2007 a few days after the first fire.

The last of the barriers on the left has been partly torn down, so that anyone could gain access to the building.

A view in the opposite direction, also taken in 2007.
The fire-ravaged sack warehouse, a few days after the fire.
A closer view of the damaged building.

As you can see, no immediate attempt was made to secure the building.

The southern side of the sack warehouse.

A victim of fly tipping.

The view through the open doorway showing what remained after the fire.
The view through the open side door showing the charred interior.
A second and more serious fire, that has put the future of both buildings in jeopardy, happened in August 2008 when much of the old mill was destroyed.

The Grade 2 listed building was badly damaged, much of the roof has gone, and the interior at the eastern end has been reduced to a mass of twisted metal.

The exterior walls still stand, but are now supported by scaffolding.

Since the fire, Corn Hill has been closed to through traffic.


The view through an open window in the corn mill showing the serious damage that was done to the superstructure during the fire.
The scene a few days after the tragic fire.

As with the sack warehouse, no immediate attempt had been made to secure the building.

The view through the open doorway showing the blackened remains of the ground floor.

Although a fireproof design, the photograph shows a lot of timber, which is presumably why the damage was so great.

Another view from the same time showing the damage to the roof.
A final view from 2008.

The eastern part of the building was covered in scaffolding, and looked in a very sorry state.

Another view of the scaffolding.
A final view from Corn Hill taken in October 2009.
The view from across the canal showing the serious state of both buildings.
A final view from across the canal, taken in October 2009.

It seems that any empty building is at risk from such an infantile attack. During the last decade, Wolverhampton and the West Midlands have suffered from several similar attacks that have reduced some of our important historical buildings to a pile of rubble.

Sadly, too few people respect our heritage. Although the building was in a poor condition, the decision was taken to clear the site. Demolition began in October 2015, and one of our historically significant buildings disappeared forever. If the will had been there, it could have ended very differently.


The partly demolished building, seen from the railway station in October 2015.


A view from the top of the multi-storey car park.


The sack warehouse awaits its fate.


A sad end to a building that was let down by planners and bureaucrats.


 
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