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  Windmill history

The mill stopped working in 1864 when the Lord of the Manor, the 5th Earl Spencer, announced his intention to enclose Wimbledon Common and build himself a new manor house on the site of the mill. Local opposition led to a legal battle lasting six years which was resolved by the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act of 1871 which handed over the commons to the local community, together with the burden of maintenance and an annuity to be paid to the Spencer family.
After it stopped working the mill was converted into living accommodation for six families. One room has been retained to give an idea of the living conditions in 1870.

  1870 room diorama
1870s room diorama


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