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The Windmill, Orchard Road, 1974

Windmill pubPeter Young took this photo on September 23rd 1974. A 1959 map shows The Windmill at the junction of Mercury Road with Orchard Road, but 1893, 1912 and 1935 maps show The Windmill a few yards east at the junction of Orchard Road and Windmill Road. I presume it moved between 1935 and 1959.

In the background is the Turriff Building dating from 1960.

In 1974 The Windmill was a Bass Charrington pub. The wrought iron work may be a griffin, in which case the pub would previously have been a Fuller, Smith & Turner pub. There is a fuller view of the pub on flickr

Brentford and Chiswick Pubs by Gillian Clegg includes a wider view, possibly from the 1950s, and notes it was operating by 1853 and closed in 1999, demolished to build flats; these were still unbuilt in 2005.

A check on Streetview shows in December 2016 the site has a car park at the Windmill / Orchard Road junction with four-storey flats around it.

Full list of Peter's photos

Published December 2016