No visit to Wimbledon Common is complete without also calling in at the Windmill Museum. There is interest for all ages, children and adults alike. And if you don't have time for the full tour, visit the shop for postcards, books, souvenirs and even Wombles!
The Windmill has been a distinctive landmark since it was built in 1817 to serve the local community. However it only operated until 1864, when the machinery was removed and it was converted to residential accommodation.
Today the sails have been restored to working order and the building houses a fascinating museum of windmills, with exhibits on rural life and local history.
The museum also has a display of Scouting memorabilia, commemorating the writing of part of 'Scouting for Boys' by Robert Baden-Powell in the Mill House in 1908.
The museum is administered by a charitable trust and run entirely by volunteers, which allows admission charges to be kept down. It is open on summer weekends only, but school parties and group visits can be arranged at other times.
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We are pleased to be able to say that the Museum is open again after its unplanned closure on 2nd August.
The closure was the result of a sail falling from the windshaft and damaging the roof. Following this unexpected incident, the remaining sails were removed for inspection and restoration, and repairs were made to the roof.
Although the windmill looks somewhat forlorn without its sails, the interior of the museum is unaffected and visitors should be able to enjoy all the exhibits as before.
Saturday, 19th September, is London Open House day, and entry will be free for extended hours from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and our Honorary curator, Norman Plastow, will be in attendance.
The Wimbledon Windmill Museum Trust is a Registered Charity, No. 1015265