Brixton Windmill up for English Heritage Award

We’re very pleased to announce that Brixton Windmill has been shortlisted for an English Heritage Angels Award.

The awards were founded last year by Andrew Lloyd-Webber to reward the efforts of local people in saving their heritage. Brixton Windmill has been shortlisted in the category of the best rescue of a historic industrial building or site. The other buildings in this category are:

  • Dewar’s Lane Granary in Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Linton Falls Hydropower Project in Grassington, North Yorkshire
  • Droitwich Canals in Wychaven Worcestershire.

Jean Kerrigan, Chair of the Friends of Windmill Gardens, said: “Brixton Windmill is a tangible reminder to all Londoners of the close links the capital had with agriculture and food production. By 2002 it was completely derelict, a shadow of its former self, in the corner of a run-down garden, unloved and uninviting to visitors. Ten years later, after consistent campaigning by the Friends, the windmill is fully restored and welcoming groups of visitors to the last surviving windmill in inner London.”

The winners of the Angel Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre on 22 October. The judges are Melvyn Bragg, Bettany Hughes, Charles Moore of the Daily Telegraph, Right Revd Richard Chartres (Bishop of London), and Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage.

However, you can also vote for your favourite on the English Heritage website. If you vote, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the award ceremony and reception, hosted by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Closing date for voting is 16 September, so please vote for Brixton Windmill now – and urge your family and friends to do the same!

And don’t forget that voting in The Great Exhibition 2012 closes on 26 August. Brixton Windmill is currently second in the category “Best British Attraction”, 25 votes behind Peterborough Cathedral. So please support us there too!

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