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Posted by Kim Winter, Wednesday 25th July, 2012

Flying pigs?

Last open weekend, we received a visit from George Layzell of Crawley, whose research into his family tree showed that his great great grandfather Walter Layzell had worked at Brixton Windmill in 1856.

George also kindly presented us with a copy of The Londoner's England by Alan Bott, which featured a watercolour of the windmill by GL Frost. It also included this amusing account that we thought we would share with you:

"In 1941 three enemy bombs destroyed the stables and some of the outbuildings; and it is on record that a pig, having been hurled through the roof, walked down Blenheim Gardens to the butcher's on the local Parade, and then, still dazed, into the Salvation Army hall, where it passed the rest of the night."