Denver Mill awarded £75,000 restoration grant

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Having been identified as a priority site for rescue, Denver Mill has been awarded a £75,000 grant towards urgent repairs.

The grant – awarded by not-for-profit business WREN – will fund urgent repairs to the external walls, windows and doors of the mill’s external fabric.

Douglas Munro, secretary of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust, which owns the mill, said: “We are delighted with this news.

“We have been wanting to get the mill back into working order, and have been frustrated by the difficulty of getting the work funded. We look forward to the work starting, hopefully within a few months.”

The grant will also cover repair of the leaking cap on the top of the mill tower to make it fully weatherproof.

Once this important work is completed it is hoped to re-fit the sails and stocks to make the mill fully operational once again.

The mill, which is Grade II* listed, was built in 1835 and continued to grind corn using wind power for over one hundred years, but stopped full working in 1941 after it was struck by lightning.

By the late 1990s it was back in working order and a popular tourist attraction but, mechanically, it was deteriorating and in October 2011, a sail broke off and now the mill stands idle without sails or stocks.

WREN awards grants to community, conservation and heritage projects situated within 10 miles of landfill sites, from funds donated by UK waste and resource management company FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.

John Ette, Principal Adviser for Heritage at Risk for English Heritage in the East of England said: “The WREN award will make a great difference by enabling urgent repairs to be undertaken to replace the render and alleviate the extreme damp which is causing timber decay and is threatening to undermine the structure of the mill.

“These much needed funds will be major step forward in helping to secure the future of this nationally-important treasure.”