Wimbledon Windmill, Wimbledon Common

A Wind powered Corn mill in the historic county of Surrey, England.

This Grade II* listed windmill was built in 1817. It is built in the form of a hollow post mill, which is unique in today’s times. It is also a museum devoted entirely to the history of the English windmill, and you can see some excellent models showing all the different types. New sails have been added recently and - with the shutters in place - this now allows the sails to turn and be controlled.

The mill last worked in 1864. The machinery was then removed, and the mill was repurposed as accommodation. Today however, there is a good display of how the mill would have worked.

The mill shares some claims to fame. In 1908 Lord Baden Powell wrote part of his book of ‘Scouting For Boys’ when he was living in the mill house. It also became well known some years back thanks to the popular children’s television series, ‘The Wombles’ (of Wimbledon Common).

The mill is now run by Wimbledon Windmill Museum, a registered charity, and volunteers help in the shop and show visitors around.

Full details

Power source Wind
Mill type Hollow-post mill
Mill functions Corn mill
Archive ID 2598
Location Wimbledon Common
Historic county Surrey
Country England
Postcode SW19 5 NR
NGR TQ 23010 72443
Latitude 51.4376553899617
Longitude -0.23160224890989412

Location

Sources

Anthony Bryan, Mills Research Group Database

Historic England National Heritage List for England

Ordnance Survey six-inch map, Surrey VII (1874)

Farries, K.G. and Mason, M.T., Windmills of Surrey and Inner London (Charles Skilton, 1966)

Smith, Arthur C, Windmills in Surrey and Greater London (Stevenage Museum)

Contributors

Sara and Oscar Jarman, August 2016; Mildred Cookson, May 2017