Brixton's hidden windmill to start producing flour again

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Brixton's hidden windmill to start producing flour again
3rd December 2014

Traditional flour milling could return to south west London as a community group plan to give a derelict windmill a new lease of life. 

A public appeal has been launched to raise £20,000 to revive the Brixton Windmill which has been described as one of the areas hidden gems. 

The Friends of Windmill Gardens are hoping the mill will start producing flour by 2016.

If successful, the money made from the sale of the flour will go to maintaining the heritage of the mill.

Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens said: “This is a unique building, it sits in one of the most densly populated inner London boroughs and yet it’s a symbol of a rural past that certainly existed; and that is what we are going to have to try and inspire people with in order to raise the money for its future.”

The windmill was first opened in 1902 when the Ashby family moved to Brixton installing a modern-steam powered mill inside the tower to produce stone ground flour. 

It closed again in 1934 and has not been a working mill since.

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