The Denver Mill (owned by the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust) was built in 1835 and is easily one of the most well known landmarks that resides just outside of Downham Market, it was also Norfolk’s last commercial flour mill to still be powered by wind. Restoration of the mill and out buildings began just around 17 years ago in 1995.
In October 2011 one of the arms which holds the mills sails in place broke, thus causing them to collapse into each other, the remaining sail was then removed in January of this year due to safety reasons.
The mill requires a massive £100,000 in order to restore its sails and wind gear, fortunately restoration of the 19th Century windmill has been given a very encouraging £15,000 boost by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Trust secretary Dr Douglas Munro said: “Denver Mill is an important part of Norfolk s heritage and the trust wants to see it back in action.”
“We hope very much that other grant-making organisations will also help the trust to restore the wind powering of the mill.”
Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust has played a huge role in the restoration of the Mill since 1995 and 2000, costing over £1m.