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Come and explore inner London’s only surviving windmill this spring

Brixton Windmill will open for its first full season of events from this Saturday April 7, after a major restoration scheme saw it restored to its former glory last year.

A packed programme of special events is planned, from Easter egg hunts and arts and crafts to drawing with flour and spooky Hallowe’en stories.

The Grade II listed building has been fully restored as a working windmill, and it will be open from now until the end of October for people to come and explore. A full list of open days, and how to book a place, can be viewed at the website http://www.brixtonwindmill.org

One of the highlights of the events programme will be a May Day parade on 7 May up Brixton Hill to the windmill from Windrush Square, followed by a festival with music and entertainment in Windmill Gardens.

The Grade II listed building, near Blenheim Gardens, is the only surviving windmill in inner London. Built in 1816, it was owned by milling family, the Ashbys of Brixton Hill until Joshua Ashby died aged 77. The Provender Mill ceased production in 1934. The London County Council purchased the land and the windmill in 1957.

Residents’ action group, the Friends of Windmill Gardens was established in 2003 with the aim of restoring the Windmill and transforming the surrounding park into an area that will be valued by all the community.

The Friends and Lambeth Council secured a grant of £397,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore the windmill. The council also contributed £55,130 as well as ongoing maintenance of the mill, and the Friends raised £2,000 along with non-contributions valued at £126,392. Work on the restoration began in October 2010.

The windmill is situated in a small park, Windmill Gardens, at the west end of Blenheim Gardens, off Brixton Hill, London SW2.

See www.brixtonwindmill.org  for more information.

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