Denver Mill Offered for Sale
Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust has decided to put the Denver Mill complex up
for sale. The reasons behind this decision are explained below.
THE TRUST SELLING THE MILL?
Trust has owned Denver Mill since 1995, when it was acquired in a semi-derelict
state from Norfolk County Council. Over £1million was spent on its repair and
refurbishment before it opened to visitors in 2000. Since then it has become a
much-loved local landmark, enjoyed by Denver residents and visitors alike.
However, in recent years the demands of running the mill have placed an
excessive financial and administrative burden on the Trust, a small
organisation run largely by volunteers and with only one part-time member of
staff. It is the Trust's view, after long and careful consideration by its
board of directors, that the future of Denver Mill is best served under new
ownership. Selling the property will also free up the Trust's resources to take
on new projects and therefore enable the organisation to return to its core
purpose: to acquire historic buildings at risk, repair them and then pass them
into suitable new ownership.
THE MILL BEEN CLOSED TO VISITORS RECENTLY?
decision to close the shop and tearoom just before Christmas last year was
based on financial reasons. The income generated from opening to the public was
not sufficient to cover running costs and, as a charity, the Trust could not
afford to continue subsidising the operation. In addition, sections of the render
on the mill tower had become unstable and it was therefore unsafe to admit
MILL IN NEED OF REPAIR?
mill tower needs extensive repair to its masonry and render, in part a result
of unsatisfactory work carried out at the time of the original restoration
twenty years ago. Understanding of how best to care for historic buildings has
moved on considerably since then and the new repairs will be designed to ensure
that the structure and condition of the tower remain sound for many years to
come. The Trust is committed to carrying out these essential before the tower
itself passes to any new owner. The rest of the mill complex remains in very
good condition and will pass to the new owner immediately on completion of the
HAPPENED TO THE SAILS?
sails were removed following a serious structural failure in October 2011.The
condition of three of them, all of which suffered damage, is currently being
reassessed, but they are likely to be beyond repair. The fourth sail, which
survived the incident more or less intact, will be offered as part of the sale.
MILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER?
necessarily. The Trust is determined to ensure that Denver Mill passes into
sympathetic ownership and will be used in ways that are appropriate to its
historic character and setting. A potential purchaser's proposals for the mill
complex's future will be an important factor for the Trust in deciding whether
or not to accept any particular offer.
WILL HAPPEN TO THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE?
the income from the sale will invested in the repairs that are necessary to the
mill tower. The remainder will be spent maintaining the other properties in the
Trust's care and ensuring the Trust has the capacity to help save other
historic buildings at risk in Norfolk in the future.
MILL ITSELF BE CONVERTED INTO RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION?
Trust will be issuing a covenant in the sale document to ensure that the mill tower
and the engine room cannot be converted to residential use.
THERE BE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE MILL AFTER IT HAS BEEN SOLD?
Trust wishes to see continued public access to the mill tower and the engine
room, and will make this a condition of any sale. Whether or not the tea-room
and shop reopen to visitors will be for the new owner to decide.
Denver Mill complex is being offered for sale through Bedfords Estate Agents,
enquiries to 01328 730500.