At this loaf-like building, grain would be offloaded directly from ships and made into hundreds of thousands of sacks of flour to meet the nation’s need for dough-based products. A concrete-framed, 10-storey structure of 1933, closed in 1981, it has so far held out against the forces of regeneration (or, at least, property development) going on around it. Instead, it has been a location for films, music videos and TV shows, and an inspiration to Terry Gilliam, Derek Jarman, the Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and Iain Sinclair, to name but a few. The thing that makes it impressive is that it is so relentlessly big.
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