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  Putting the wind back in the sails of Brixton Windmill

Putting the wind back in the sails of Brixton Windmill

31 May 2016 Email this article

Brixton Windmill got new sailcloths just in time for its 200th birthday last month, with a little help from Facelift. The sailcloths were designed and printed by local design company Eley Kishimoto, creative ambassador for Brixton Windmill’s bicentenary year and part of the Brixton Design Trail team.

Millwright Paul Selwood used Facelift Ascendant 22 truck mounted cherry picker to fix the cloths. The makeover proved a huge hit with locals, with full tours of the Windmill sold out.

Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and originally leased to the Ashby family, millers who produced stoneground wholemeal flower. It ceased production in the 1930s and lay derelict for many years until in 2010, the Heritage Lottery Fund provided funds for the restoration of the windmill. Work began in October that year and took several months to complete.  The sails, cap and tower were all restored, and the 1902 mill was converted to electrical power. In 2011, the mill was re-opened to the public.