Category Archives: History

Mill memories: Debby Brown

Debby Brown, a textiles tutor at Morley College in Lambeth, remembers getting locked in Brixton Windmill “I was about to start at Camberwell  Art  School (1975), and decided to draw the mechanism in the windmill as part of my preparation. … Continue reading

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Brixton memories: Vivian Steven

Anthony Steven got in touch after hearing about the restoration of Brixton Windmill: “Very pleased to see the windmill restored, born on Brixton Hill (Helix Road) in the late 40s and remember many visits to windmill and Blenheim Gardens, lots … Continue reading

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Windmill-powered rafts invade Britain

Or not. But at the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon was intent on crossing the Channel and invading Britain: “Let us be masters of the Channel for six hours and we are masters of the world.” (That was before … Continue reading

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Mill memories: Mick Street

Mick moved to Australia 42 years ago, but he read an article on windmills in Best of British magazine, which included Brixton Windmill. This prompted him to write to us: “I spent my childhood at Brixton Hill and, together with … Continue reading

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Windmills in Lambeth Talk

              Lambeth archivist Jon Newman has written a short piece about Lambeth windmills in the latest edition of Lambeth Talk, the quarterly newsletter from Lambeth Council. Brixton Windmill is the only surviving mill in Lambeth, … Continue reading

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Mill memories: Derek Rowles and Valerie Miller

Derek Rowles contacted us when a photo of Brixton Windmill in a newspaper triggered his memory. “A photograph of Brixton Windmill recently published in the Telegraph caught my attention and seemed instantly familiar. After a little research it became apparent … Continue reading

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Mill memories: Bill Pearson

After the recent publicity over the restoration and reopening of Brixton Windmill, we received several emails from people all over the country (and one from Australia) who used to live in the area and remembered the mill. We will be … Continue reading

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