Brixton Windmill scoops prestigious heritage award

SAILING TO SUCCESS: Jean Kerrigan, right, and architect Sophie Potter accept the award from Sue Perkins, left.

Brixton Windmill, near Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill, has won a prestigious award for conservation and restoration.

The Grade II-listed mill, which was built nearly 200 years ago in 1816, has been lovingly restored by the Friends of Windmill Gardens (FoWG) since 2003.

The team behind its restoration were named of winners of the conservation category by the Museum and Heritage Awards at a ceremony last week.

Receiving the prize, Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens said: “This award is a real testament to what a committed community group can do.

“In partnership with Lambeth council we convinced the Heritage Lottery Fund to give us a grant. This, topped up by the Council and an estimated £70,000-worth of volunteer time from the Friends, is recognised in this fantastic award today.”

Jean thanked architects, contractors, millwrights and Lambeth council for their support with the project.

“But above all thanks to the people of Brixton, who campaigned tenaciously for more than a decade for Brixton Windmill to be beautifully restored and re-opened for free public tours and school visits,” she added.

“It is now a well-known and popular local landmark and our next goal will be to create a beautiful park around it for everyone to enjoy – we don’t stop here!”

To find out more about the Windmill, and upcoming events, visit their website.