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2 May 2011

Visit Brixton's Ashby Windmill

Your author just returned from a couple of days cycling the Thames, and was woken by the wind rumbling in the chimney this morning to an email from his parents alerting him to the reopening of the Brixton Windmill, backed up by a post on Diamond Geezer. It felt like a conspiracy, and sounds well worth a visit.

The windmill was built in 1816, and subsequently leased to was leased to the Ashby Family, and used the wind to make flour until 1862, then was converted to other types of power and remained in operation until the 1930s.

It was subsequently restored and in the 1960s passed into public ownership and is now a grade II* listed structure, preserved by Lambeth Council and the Friends of Windmill Gardens. Today's reopening ceremony, which follows extensive refurbishments, sees live music, a parade, a fancy dress competition, and the first tours of the refurbished windmill. It all kicks off at 2pm.

For more information, see http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/

^Picture © victoriapeckham used under Creative Commons^

1 comment:

  1. Blimey. A windmill in Brixton? You'll be telling me that tha Bank of England has a museum of money next!
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