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The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Millwall Docks 1924

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Island History Trust Image Collection


McDougalls Wheatsheaf Mills, 1924. McDougalls began as a chemical business in Manchester in 1846, under Alexander McDougall; in the course of experiments, a new baking powder was formulated. The baking trade would not take this up, and so one of the family, Arthur McDougall, set up a mill to manufacture self- raising flour. In 1869 he and two of his brothers set up a chemical plant and flour mill in the Millwall Docks - then recently opened. In 1879 the name McDougalls self-raising flour was registered and so Millwall became the home of this useful product. In 1899 the original mill was burnt down, and the Wheatsheaf Mills were built in 1901. The building is still there today, just behind the concrete silos which were erected in 1935.