Brixton WindmillBrixton's most surprising landmark, where the daily grind is a joy
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Well, of course there’s a windmill hidden in Brixton. Right next to the prison – where else? Built in the early 1800s, a Quaker family milled flour here for nearly 50 years, before construction and tree growth in the surrounding area sheltered the mill from the wind, bringing the blades to a standstill. A century later in the 1960s, London County Council bought the mill, demolished the outbuildings and created the green space now known as Windmill Gardens.
More recently, local fundraising, a team of devoted volunteers and a lottery grant has completed the restoration, and these days the Windmill mills three tons of grain a year using the original modular grinder, which now runs on electricity. All the grain comes from within a 20 mile radius, and Brixton Windmill Flour is stocked at Brixton Wholefoods on Atlantic Road. Windmill Bread is sold at the Old Post Office Bakery in Clapham.
Next door in the prison, the flour is used by the ingeniously-named Bad Boys’ Bakery. A local mill for local people, but its doors are open throughout the warmer months for bookable tours and events, and a new education centre is opening in 2019. Go through the mill – it’s an utter delight.
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