Historic Shirley Windmill opens doors to public this weekend
One of the last windmills to be built in the UK will be open to the public this weekend.
Shirley Windmill, one of only four windmills open to the public in the Greater London area, was built in 1854 to replace an earlier timber post mill that had burnt down.
It was owned by the Alwen family before being sold to Alfred Rayson in the late 1880s. Due to the introduction on the far more efficient steam powered mills, Rayson was only able to use the mill for animal feed until his death in 1892, when the mill was abandoned.
In 1996 the land around the windmill was sold by Croydon Council and turned into housing, with the proceeds helping to restore the windmill. Thankfully most of the mill still consists of the original components from when it was built, including the millstones and much of the machinery at the top.
Shirley Windmill and the on site visitor’s centre are now managed by volunteers the "Friends of Shirley Windmill", who offer hour long tours on the mill’s open days.
Shirley Windmill, Postmill Close, Croydon, September 22 and October 6, 1-5pm, call Frank Paine on 020 8651 0064 for more information.
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