SPAB – Brixton Windmill: from Building at Risk to Revival
18 March - 12:00 - 13:00£6
Before Brixton was absorbed by the urban expansion of London in the mid nineteenth century it was a wheat growing area, which Ashby’s Mill was built to serve in 1816. By 1862 the windmill was so sheltered by other buildings that it received insufficient wind to turn its sails and although it was later altered to use other sources of power its story became one of alternating periods of use and neglect. When it was placed on the Buildings at Risk register in 2002 the Friends of Windmill Gardens (FoWG) was formed and has worked tirelessly to secure a viable future for the Grade II* listed mill. 2020 saw completion of a new building by Squire & Partners, providing meeting and workshop space to support flour production, education and visitor activities at the mill. The Chair of FoWG, Jean Kerrigan and architect Tim Gledstone, partner at Squire & Partners will describe the windmill’s rescue and how the new Centre will both help FoWG showcase the mill’s history and current use, and serve the local community.