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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 B/ASB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1905-1906
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.05 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Joshua Ashby and Sons | millers and corn merchants


Administrative/Biographical history:

Messrs Joshua Ashby and Sons were millers and corn merchants at Brixton Mill, Blenheim Gardens (formerly Cornwall Road), Stockwell, Lambeth.

"In 1817 John Ashby of Brixton Hill, miller, obtained a lease for 99 years from Hall of two acres of land (plot 84) on the south side of a new road to be called Cornwall Road (now Blenheim Gardens), together with a "Brick corn Mill" and other erections. The windmill was erected in 1816-17 at the south-west corner of the two acres. Save for a brief period in 1862-4, when the sails of the mill were removed and new machinery installed, the windmill was in continuous use by the firm of Ashby until 1934. It has been listed as a building of architectural and historic interest under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1947, and in 1955 the London County Council purchased the site for an open space. The mill is built of stock brick, painted over, and is surmounted by a gallery and a wooden boat-shaped cap; the gallery was added later. The ancillary buildings are of brick-nogged and weather boarded construction with pantile roofs."

From: 'Stockwell: Brixton Hill area', Survey of London: volume 26: Lambeth: Southern area (1956), pp. 100-105.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Joshua Ashby and Sons, millers and corn merchants, comprising cash book of "H. Neave, Thornton Heath Round" for Ashby's, providing details of daily deliveries of flour, yeast, wheat, barley, oats, bran, pease etc., to customers in S. Norwood and Croydon districts, and money received, Mar 1905 - Jan 1906.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One volume

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Archive in 1966 (AC/66/066)

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

See Brixton Windmill, GLC Publications 123, 1967 (LMA Library Reference: P45.614 GLC)

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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