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Denver Windmill


Denver
Downham Market
Norfolk
East of England
PE38 0EG
Great Britain
Telephone +44 (0) 1366 - 384009

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The Site

Denver Windmill is one of the finest examples of a working English tower mill. Once again Denver Windmill is milling wheat to produce flour in the traditional way using wind power only. The wind mill was built in 1835 and continued to grind corn using windpower for over one hundred years until 1941 when the sails were struck by lightning.

Now it has been lovingly restored to working order as a result of a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A new visitor centre tells the story of windmills, cornmilling and the people who lived and worked in this demanding industry. You can climb through the Mill on the guided tour, visiting in turn the Sack Floor, the Meal Floor, the Stone Floor, the Bin Floor and finally the Dust floor at the top of the Tower. Here you can look up and admire the cast iron machinery controlling the movement of the cap that weighs 10 tonnes.

Finally, make sure you visit the shop and purchase fresh bread made with stone ground flour.

About one mile from Denver Mill is Denver Sluice, the major work of civil engineering controlling the drainage of the Great Ouse River. Interpretation boards tell the story of the original construction by the famous engineer Sir John Rennie, and its subsequent history.