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Millfields Disinfecting Station

Millfields Disinfecting Station

Historical Association


Date or period


Current Designation

Listed Grade II

Architectural Merit


Group Value

Group value with the adjacent power station, the nearby Grade II listed Clapton Park School and The Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Foundation Hackney in Wattisfield Rd by the same architectural practice.


Poor (Listed Building at Risk)


LB of Hackney

Hackney Borough Disinfecting Station, Millfields Road (Listed Grade II) by Gordon and Gunton for Hackney Borough Council. Built by the Public Health Committee under the auspices of Hackney's Chief Medical Officer J.King Warry M.D., under powers granted to the Committee by the Local Government Act 1899 to isolate people whose homes were being disinfected.

The steam-cleaning operation was powered by the Borough Electricity Station next door. A rare and complete survival of a purpose-built disinfecting station.[1]

The adjacent Shelter House and Caretaker's Lodge on Millfields are also designed by Gordon and Gunton for Hackney Borough Council.

The Shelter House is a red brick with stone dressing in an Arts and Crafts style built to accommodate people having their belongings cleansed. The building is listed Grade II for its group value with the disinfecting station.


The Caretakers Lodge building provided accommodation for a caretaker responsible for the maintenance of buildings associated with the Disinfecting Station. Two -storey building in red brick with stone dressing, in Tudor-Gothic style. Cruciform plan. Mullioned windows. Stoneoeil-de-boeuf motif in gable end. Modern concrete tile roof. The building is Listed Grade II for its group value with the Disinfecting Station.

Gordon and Gunton later became Gunton & Gunton specialising in commercial buildings after World War I and were the architects of The Disabled Soldiers and Sailors Foundation Hackney in Wattisfield Rd.

Archaeological Significance

Extensive local government public health, waste processing and power generation complex.

Future Conservation

The buildings were included in the English Heritage 'At Risk' register in 2010 when their condition was described as 'poor' and priority C ( slow decay, no solution agreed). It is also states that; 'The future of the listed building depends on widerdevelopment proposals for the surrounding site.

Possibly include within a Conservation Area.


[1] English Heritage List entry Number: 1253493


leabridge.org.uk December 2012