Well – soon, at any rate. Restoration of Brixton Windmill was due to start this week, with removal of the sails/blades, but work has been delayed for a couple of weeks. We’re just waiting for final listed building consent from the Greater London Authority.
In case you didn’t already know, Brixton Windmill is the only surviving windmill in inner London. It was owned by one family, the Ashbys, from when it was built in 1816 until it ceased production in 1934. It was listed as a grade II* building in October 1951, but by 2004 it was on English Heritage’s register of buildings at risk. For more information on its history, see the website of Friends of Windmill Gardens.
Now, thanks to a grant of £397,750 from the Heritage Lottery Fund plus funding from Lambeth Council and Friends of Windmill Gardens, the windmill is to be restored to allow public access to the interior. We’re also planning a programme of educational and community activities and an audio-visual presentation on the ground floor showing the mechanical parts of the mill in operation.
The aim of this blog is to keep you up to date with what’s happening, including photos of progress and explanations of the restoration process. So check back regularly. And if you’d like to get more involved, join the Friends of Windmill Gardens.