The Albion Mill was the world's first steam-powered flour mill and London's first great wonder of the Industrial Revolution. Since the middle of the 18th century London's population had grown from three quarters of a million to well over one million people and they needed bread
The Albion, which was situated at the south of Blackfriars Bridge, quickly became the talk of the town, attracting large crowds from home and abroad who watched in awe as in 1786 this Leviathan burst into life.
But not everyone was happy. London's traditional millers understood that the Mill could produce as much flour in a month as their own mills could in an entire year.
The play Albion-in-Flames interleaves the history of the Mill and its owners, with the contemporary events of the French Revolution and the loss of the American Colonies. The lives, and loves, of Southwark luminaries such as William Blake, Dr Samuel Johnson and diarist Hester Thrale provide the dramatic backdrop to social unrest and the emerging feminism of the period.
Commissioned by Southwark Council as part of Blackfriars Stories and Produced by Adrian Chappell and Linda Wilkinson.
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