Brixton Windmill

Description

Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and is now the last survivor of the twelve working windmills in Lambeth. The mill, which is owned by Lambeth Council, is situated in Windmill Gardens, off Blenheim Gardens in SW2.

In 2002 the windmill was placed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register. In 2003 a determined local residents’ group, the Friends of Windmill Gardens, was set up with the objective of restoring the mill for future generations.

Restoration began in October 2010 and took seven months to complete. The windmill has been completely overhauled, and specialist architects and contractors were employed to undertake much of this work. The provender mill is now powered by electricity and is used for milling demonstrations. In November 2012 the sails turned for the first time following its restoration.

The gardens around the mill will continue to play host to a children’s playground, and the Friends have recently planted a herb garden and will be growing barley and wheat to be ground in the mill.

Brixton Windmill is open to the public throughout the summer for special events and tours as well as visits from schools.

Community and education activities for children and adults will be at the heart of Brixton Windmill’s heritage education programme.

Lambeth Council’s and the Friends of Windmill Gardens’ vision is for Brixton Windmill to be valued as a community heritage and cultural asset that will be maintained for generations to come.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8676 4647
Email: info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk
Web: www.brixtonwindmill.org.uk

Location

Windmill Gardens,
West End of Blenheim Gardens, Off Brixton Hill,
London SW2 5EU
United Kingdom

Key Words

Windmill, places to visit, days out, things to do

Creation Date: 
Monday, 29 July, 2013 - 16:43
Last Updated: 
Monday, 29 July, 2013 - 16:43

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