Brixton Windmill gets new designer sailcloths

Written by on May 14, 2016 in Local History, News - 2 Comments
Millwright Paul Sellwood (right) prepares to fix one of the new sailcloths

Millwright Paul Sellwood (right) prepares to fix one of the new sailcloths

Brixton Windmill, celebrating 200 years and  National Mills Weekend, got new sailcloths today (14 May). They are designed and printed by local design company Eley Kishimoto, creative ambassador for Brixton Windmill’s bicentenary year and part of the Brixton Design Trail team.

Millwright Paul Selwood took to a cherry-picker to fix the cloths. But apart from a quarter-turn in a sudden gust, the wind had not been strong enough to turn the sails by around midday.

Full tours of the Windmill today are sold out, but short tours of the first floor of the mill, with an opportunity to learn about the history and workings of the Windmill, are free and available from 1.00-4.30pm on a first-come-first-served basis.

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto watches as proceedings are filmed by a drone (below)

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto watches as proceedings are filmed by a drone (below)

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Brixton Windmill

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

2 Comments on "Brixton Windmill gets new designer sailcloths"

  1. NGW May 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm ·

    The sails turned a few times during the day for those lucky enough to be there at the right time. For those that weren’t, there are some clips on Flickr (link via brixtonwindmill.org)

  2. William Hill May 16, 2016 at 1:55 am ·

    Very interesting and well illustrated piece, Thank You

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