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Wimbledon Windmill

Wimbledon, London

The windmill has an octagonal brick base of two storeys, above which is a conical tower housing the post, and finally the cap-mounted sails.

Built in 1817. It is a hollow-post mill, which means that the main post that supports the weight of the structure is hollowed out, and that the rotating shaft which couples the blades to the machinery passes through the inside of this post.

It is no longer a working mill, but the mill machinery is still largely intact. The mill stopped working in 1864, due to a land-dispute. It was then converted into apartments for 6 households. One of the smaller apartments is preserved within the current museum. It is  where Robert Baden-Powell wrote parts of Scouting for Boys, which was published in 1908.

The windmill is now a museum, detailing its own history, as well as the history of windmills in general. The museum is open from April to October. It features interactive exhibits, such as push-button models and grain-grinding activities, in addition to visitors being able to explore the layout and use of the actual mill.

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Further information Grid


Wimbledon Windmill, Wimbledon, London

Ceremonial County: London and Surrey

Grid Reference:

TQ 230725   OS Sheet 176

Map Link:

Ordnance survey link TQ230725


Aerial photo: Google Aerial Photo



Best Times to Visit:






Other useful websites:

Wimbledon and Putney common - extensive information including windmill www.wpcc.org.uk/windmill.html

More images windmillworld

mills open

Nearby Locations: Several other museums are very nearby
Other Relevant pages:  



Date Updated: 04/2008

Planning Grid


Wimbledon Windmill, Wimbledon, London

Grid Reference:

TQ 230725

Getting there:

On Wimbledon Common. Brown sign from A219, Parkside.

Situated at the end of Windmill Road on Wimbledon Common. By road it is just off the A219, which runs between Wimbledon and Putney Town Centres. It is close to the A3 (Kingston-by-pass) which joins up with the A219 at the Tibbetts Corner roundabout. Windmill Road is about half way between Wimbledon and Putney and the turn off is marked with a brown sign.


By public transport the nearest stations are Wimbledon (District Line, Tram Link and main line trains) and Putney (main line) or East Putney (District Line). The stations are each about 1.5 miles from the windmill and the walk is up-hill but the 93 bus links Wimbledon and Putney town centres with a stop at Windmill Road.  The 93 bus runs from Putney Bridge Station, via Wimbledon and Morden to North Cheam.


Entry gate from car park. Also worth looking at what you can get from the common.


Free parking space for 300 cars


WC and Cafe on car park

Things To Do, See and Photograph:


What to take:


Nature highlights:



Wimbledon & Putney Commons Conservators
Manor Cottage
Windmill  Road


SW19 5NR


Norman Plastow - 020 8947 2825

Opening times:

The Museum is open from the end of March until the end of October - Saturdays 2 pm to 5 pm and Sundays 11 am to 5 pm
Public holidays 11 am to 5 pm


Adults 1
Children 50p
Concessions 50p

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Other Restrictions:  
Special Needs Access:  
Special Needs Facilities: Click here and see towards end of page
Children Facilities: Click here and see towards end of page
Dogs Allowed: None specified

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Date Updated: 04/2008

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