‘Big Splash’ by Christine Thomas

After the Brixton Riots of 1981 Lambeth BC funded a series of murals in the area to help residents reconnect to the area. One of the features chosen was a watermill.

The London Mural Preservation Project write: “In the left of the mural there is a water mill, based on a Flour Mill on the National Trust’s Bateman’s Estate in Sussex. In the painted windows of the mill, people look out of the window; the old man in the top, wearing a blazer, had taken part in the 1948 Olympic Games in Hyde Park… The river’s water, based on the idea of the River Effra, which was local to Brixton, fills much of the right hand side”.

Bateman’s was Rudyard Kipling’s Sussex home but the water mill there is Jacobean and still runs occasionally.


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