A historic Norfolk mill has been put on the market.
Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust has decided to sell the Grade II listed Denver Mill.
The mill was built for John Porter in 1835 on the site of an earlier post mill. In 1865 a steam mill was added, now powered by a 1932 Blackstone diesel engine. Thomas Harris bought the mill in the 1890s, handing it down through the family until it was acquired by the Trust in 1995, who restored it from a derelict state at a cost of over a million pounds.
James Parry from the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust said: “We are proud to have rescued Denver Mill from an uncertain fate twenty years ago and now is the time for it to begin a new chapter in its history. Once the tower is repaired it can be opened to visitors again and It is certainly possible to reopen the shop and tea room, if that’s what the new owner wants.
“Our job is to breathe new life into old buildings by restoring them, passing them into sympathetic new ownership, and using the money to rescue other buildings in the county. This is exactly what we are doing with Denver Windmill.
“We know how much the mill is valued by local residents and visitors alike, which is why we are making it part of the deed of sale that there is continued public access to the tower and engine room, so that future generations will be able to enjoy this wonderful building for themselves.”
The site also includes a cafe, shop, and four residential units, all standing in 1.6 acres.
The Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust is committing a substantial sum towards the repair of the fabric of the tower, which will be completed by the Trust as a condition of the sale.
Ben Marchbank from selling agents Bedfords said: “This is a unique opportunity to acquire a truly remarkable building. Although it will not be possible to live in the mill itself, there are three separate cottages on assured shorthold tenancies as well as the Hayloft which is also let on an assured shorthold tenancy, so there is plenty of scope for a new owner to adapt the site to suit their needs.”
Since 1977, over twenty historic buildings have been rescued and restored by the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust – including Abbey Farmhouse in Beeston Regis, Oulton Chapel near Aylsham, Waxham Great Barn at Waxham and Nelson’s Monument in Great Yarmouth.
Denver Mill is on the market for £550,000 with Bedfords Estate Agents: 01328 730500.