Ashby's Windmill :: Shared Description

Ashby's Mill, often referred to as simply Brixton Windmill, is a restored grade II* listed LinkExternal link tower mill in Brixton.
It was built in 1816 and worked by wind until 1862, when the business was transferred to a watermill at Mitcham on the River Wandle. The sails were removed in 1864 and the windmill was relegated to use as a store. In 1902, the lease on the watermill expired and a steam engine was installed in the windmill. This was later replaced by a gas engine. The windmill was worked by engine until 1934, and supplied wholemeal flour to West End hotels and restaurants.
After the war, there were proposals to demolish the mill and build a block of flats. The proposal was rejected and it was decided to conserve the mill, which was restored in 1964. Following restoration, the mill was opened to the public in 1968. The mill passed to Lambeth Council in 1971 and remains in their ownership.
The Friends of Windmill Gardens had been formed in April 2003 with the aim of restoring the windmill and surrounding area as a public amenity. The restored mill was officially opened to the public on 2 May 2011.
by N Chadwick
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Created: Sun, 3 Jun 2018, Updated: Sun, 3 Jun 2018

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