Je ne regrette les gazebos
I haven't seen any mention of this in the local papers - press release only appeared on the website on 21 April. What does the reference to "working order" mean? Surely they don't mean that the sails will actually be turning.
Source: Lambeth Press Release
Date: 15 April 2004
Brixton Windmill set for major restoration
A treasured Brixton landmark is set to return to its former glory thanks to a £25,000 funding package provided by Lambeth Council. The Windmill in Brixton Windmill Gardens, one of the few remaining in the Greater London area, is to be extensively and expertly repaired by a specialist millwright. In addition to restoring the windmill to working order the open space surrounding it will also be redeveloped.
This restoration project promises to be a real community and local affair, with pupils from King’s Avenue School getting involved. They will be working with a professional artist to design three bespoke benches for the area.
Councillor Clare Whelan, Executive Member for Environment said: “The Brixton Windmill is a faded jewel in Brixton’s crown and I’m delighted that it’s on its way to being restored to its former glory. It’s great that an area of local historic and environmental value is to be up-graded.
“The refurbishment of the Windmill and the surrounding garden will improve and provide a much needed facility for local people to enjoy. The Friends of Windmill Gardens have also worked tirelessly to get the windmill working again and improve the surrounding area.”
In addition to the design and installation of the benches a number of other improvements will be carried out. These include repairing the slipped stocks on the sails, repairing cracking to the cap, re-pointing and painting the tower, rotating the sails to the St Andrew’s Cross position and repainting them, and installing a drinking fountain.
The works will shortly be underway and should be complete by the end of June.
Note to editors:
The Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and stopped working by wind in 1862. It was acquired by the London County Council in 1957 and was extensively rebuilt by R Thompson & Son, Millwrights of Alford, Lincolnshire in 1963.