Wind of Change
Hidden away behind Blenheim Gardens Estate, Brixton Windmill is one of the most unexpected sights in SW9, an area that thrives on the unexpected. A short walk up Brixton Hill and the early nineteenth century building stands proud, surveying all the energy, enthusiasm and exhilaration from the town centre below.
| story filed by:|| onionbag blogger|
It must have all been so different back in 1816 when the sails first started to turn. Fields would have been all around where estates now stand; town housing in place of the endless fast food joints down the Hill; I bet Brixton was still slightly stir crazy though – a consequence of not having the connotations of nearby Westminster and the West End, but not so far out to have to suffer the crapness of country loving Croydon.
Generations of neglect have left Brixton Windmill battered but the old building still refuses to budge. Restoration in recent years has made the Grade II site safe with the local community even celebrating the public space with the campaign for a nearby children's playground and even an annual festival within the windmill grounds.
A crowd of just over 1,000 attended the Brixton Windmill Festival last year, with similar figures expected again this summer on the afternoon of July 11.
The nearby Windmill pub is also worth a visit as well; home of live music most nights plus the monthly residency of the chaos and carnage of People's Republic of Disco, the boozer may boast all the style of a shitty 70s estate pub from the outside, but the spirit of the community (and the windmill) is found within.
(click on thumbs to see large image)