Chingford Mill Pumping Station - Chingford, E4
In 1873 the East London Waterworks Company acquired an ancient water mill that was recorded in Domesday. The mill was demolished and in 1895 this red brick pumping station was built. It is over a well (at a depth of 141 feet) in the chalk and a steam engine pumped drinking water from a borehole.
Planning permission was granted in 2005 to turn the building into homes but this lapsed due to inactivity over the years. The occupiers carried out works which were not authorised & local enforcement officers were denied entry which resulted in a police raid late last year and someone was arrested with various charges including planning violations, fly-tipping and unlawful business operations. Nearby residents have also alleged anti social behaviour from people associated with this site.