Shirley Windmill is a Grade II listed tower mill in Shirley, in the London Borough of Croydon, England which has been restored to working order.HistoryShirley Windmill was built by Richard Alwen in 1854 to replace the former post mill destroyed by fire. The post mill had been built in 1809 by Richard Alwen (Sr) and passed to Alwen on the death of his father in 1846. The post mill burnt down in October 1854.The mill is thought to have been brought from Stratford and re-erected. A date of 1740 on a beam in the windmill is evidence of re-use of materials from elsewhere. The mill cost £2,000 to build. More recent research has suggested that a post mill at West Ham, allegedly moved to Shirley c.1809, may have been the mill in question.Richard Alwen died in 1884,and the mill was taken by Thomas Dives, grandson of Richard Alwen Sr. The mill was abandoned in 1892 as unviable by Alfred Rayson, at the time being only used for grinding animal feed. The windmill was struck by lightning in 1899. and again in April 1906, when a sail was set on fire, but the local fire brigade managed to save the mill. The mill was restored in 1927 and in 1935 one of the sails was blown off. The mill was again renovated, and a new Great Spur Wheel fitted by Messrs Lister Bros, of Woolwich. New sails were fitted by Thomas Hunt, the Soham millwright. There was a Court case following the renovations, in which it was stated the windmill was "almost in working order". Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Shirley Windmill by using our Croydon day trip app .
Shirley Windmill Reviews
Open only once a month on a Sunday but worth a visit Parking not a problem or go on the bus 130. Kids enjoy it. more »
The windmill has Open Days for visiting where you can have a free guided tour. It is all run by volunteers. Tea and cake are also on offer on. Well worth a visit. Signs on the road tell you where.... more »
Well maintained windmill along the roadside and is enveloped by a good neighborhood. You can enter the windmill and learn about it only if you book a tour which is free. It's not open on all days so it's better to check before you visit (unless you are satisfied with viewing it from the outside). They have a small cafe which I think it's run by volunteers. It was lovely to see it all being managed so well by the elderly staff. I picked this spot from maps when I was nearby at the Addington viewing platform and had to see it!
Stumbled across this on one of the few days it's open to visitors. Would highly recommend going if you're looking for something a bit different. The volunteer tour guides (especially Lois) are extremely dedicated and knowledgeable while the rest of the volunteers are cheerful and helpful. Fascinating stuff with more history behind it than you would think!
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