The Upper & Lower Mill comprise a long and narrow site, leading from Bourne Hall in Ewell Village to the Hogsmill Open Space. They can be accessed on foot or by bicycle from numerous points along the Kingston Road in Ewell. There is no equestrian access.
There is a hard surfaced path running the length of the site alongside the Hogsmill River. You can see many different species of birds including kingfishers, herons and occasionally a white egret.
The Hogsmill River is thought to be named after Mr John Hog, a prominent citizen of Kingston in the 12th century. Upper Mill is on the site of two ancient mills, mentioned in the Domesday Book and valued at five shillings each. Gun powder mills were situated south of the river between 1754 and 1875. Millais, the 18th century pre-Raphaelite, painted his famous “Ophelia” at the Hogsmill, and Holman Hunt used part of the disused mills in his painting “The Light of the World”. If you have a question or more information relating to the history, please call Bourne Hall Museum on 020 8394 1734.
A leaflet is available about the Hogsmill River, which you can pick up from the information centre at Horton Country Park, from Bourne Hall or it can be posted to you if you telephone 01372 732000.
Volunteers & Community Groups
In the recent past the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project has carried out work on the site to improve access. If you would like more information about the Friends of the Hogsmill or the Friends of Epsom & Ewell Parks groups, please contact the Ranger Service on 01372 732000.
There are many species of trees and plants, which provide habitats for animals, birds and insects. We are compiling a species list for the park so if you spot an animal, bird or plant of special interest, please email us describing your find.