The open days for Shirley Windmill have been published, beginning with National Mills Day on May 14.
Guided tours of Shirley Windmill are free, though the organisers do seek donations towards the heritage site’s maintenance.
There has been a windmill in Shirley since 1808, when William Alwen built a post mill, worked by the his family until October 1854, when it was destroyed by fire. Alwen’s grandson Richard built the present brick tower mill.
Despite growing competition, the Alwen family continued to operate Shirley Windmill until the late 1880s, when it was bought by Alfred Rayson. He was only able to use the mill for producing animal feed, until his death in 1892, when milling was abandoned.
After two lightning strikes and the mill being left to decay, then having a school and a collection of suburban houses build around it, the mill remains open today as one of Croydon’s historic buildings thanks to Lottery Heritage money and the hard work of enthusiasts at the Friends of Shirley Windmill.
The open days for 2017, with the mill open from 1pm to 5pm (except where stated), are:
- May 14 National Mills Day (noon – 5pm)
- June 4
- July 2
- August 6
- September 3
- September 17 London Open House Day (noon – 5pm)
- October 1
The last guided tour of the day starts at 4pm — visitors are advised to come early to avoid disappointment.
Shirley Windmill is located in Postmill Close, CR0 5DY, about two miles from East Croydon Station.
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