Laverstoke Mill

Coordinates: 51°14′06″N 1°17′47″W / 51.2351°N 1.2964°W / 51.2351; -1.2964
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Laverstoke Mill
Laverstoke Mill - entrance to visitor centre
Coordinates51°14′06″N 1°17′47″W / 51.2351°N 1.2964°W / 51.2351; -1.2964
OS grid referenceSU 49244 48641
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameMill House
Designated12 April 1984
Reference no.1092686
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameFormer mill cottages at Laverstoke Mill
Designated12 April 1984
Reference no.1339658
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameFormer wheel house and glazing house at Laverstoke Mill
Designated10 January 1953
Reference no.1092687
Laverstoke Mill is located in Hampshire
Laverstoke Mill
Location of Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire

Laverstoke Mill is a former paper mill located on the River Test in Laverstoke near Overton, Hampshire, England. The mill complex contains three Grade II listed buildings: the Mill House, Mill Cottages, and the Glazing House. After a major refurbishment between 2011 and 2013, the mill is now the distillery and visitor centre for Bombay Sapphire gin.[1][2]

Laverstoke Mill is recorded as far back as the Doomsday Book in 1086, in which a corn mill is recorded as being on the site. The site was leased by Henry Portal in 1718 and converted into a paper mill, becoming part of the Portals business. In the 1720s, Portal obtained the contract for the supply of paper to the Bank of England for use in banknotes, and the production of paper for currency and other secure uses would become the main use of the site. The site was expanded in 1842, and again in 1881, to allow for increased production. In 1860, new buildings, including the large India House, were built for a contract for the supply of paper for the Indian Rupee.[1][2][3][4]

By the start of the 20th century, Laverstoke had become old fashioned and inefficient in comparison to other mills. In a report of 1920, Sir William Portal commented ‘economy is a difficult word to introduce into Laverstoke Mills’. Instead, between 1920 and 1922, the company built a new mill, Overton Mill, in the nearby village of Overton. From the 1930s, Laverstoke increasingly specialised in research and development in the fields of engineering, manufacture and security. Paper making ceased at the site in 1963, and in 1972, the site was taken over by Patterson Candy, a subsidiary company who used it for the manufacture of water treatment equipment. Portals were taken over by De La Rue in 1995 and the site became vacant in 2005.[1][2][4]

The mill was purchased by the Bombay Spirits Company in 2010. The new owners refurbished the site, reusing existing buildings for distilling and a visitor centre, cafe, bar and shop. New glasshouses, designed by the Heatherwick Studio, were constructed to display examples of the plants used for the gin botanicals. The River Test, which had been covered over as the mill expanded, was opened out to become a feature of the site again.[2][3][5]


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  1. ^ a b c Franklin, Geraint (2010). "RESEARCH DEPARTMENT REPORT SERIES no. 13-2010: LAVERSTOKE MILL, WHITCHURCH, HAMPSHIRE; HISTORIC BUILDINGS REPORT". English Heritage. ISSN 1749-8775. Archived from the original on 1 February 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Laverstock Mill History". Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Bombay Sapphire Distillery - Heatherwick Studio". Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Olivia (2014). Gin Glorious Gin. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 313–314. ISBN 978-1-4722-1534-5.
  5. ^ "Location - Bombay Sapphire (Laverstoke Mill) - Producers and Distillers". Retrieved 20 January 2017.

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