Flooding causes Denver Mill café to close

PUBLISHED: 11:43 26 August 2012

This was how the cafe at Denver Mill looked yesterday

This was how the cafe at Denver Mill looked yesterday


A popular café adjacent to a historic mill in the Fens has re-opened after heavy rain caused the site to flood yesterday.

Lindsay Abel, managing director at Denver Mill, near Downham Market, said customers were moved to drier areas of the complex to finish their purchases before the café was closed for most of Saturday afternoon.

She said: “After we had a deluge of rain, the water came in the front door and created a river running out of the back door.

“We got it mostly mopped up and then half an hour later it happened all over again, at this point we were forced to close.”

She added: “Mopping up operations were still taking place this morning although we were able to open.”

Denver Mill has towered over the Fens for some 180 years and remains a popular tourist attraction and landmark south of Downham Market.

The mill was given to the county in 1971 before being sold to the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust by Norfolk County Council. Mark and Lindsay Abel took over in 2008 but have now been told that their five-year lease will not be renewed next May.

It was also one of the country’s last working windmills until a sail broke off and showered debris around the complex, near Downham Market, last October.

The trials and tribulations of Denver Mill appeared in the final episode of BBC2’s The Fixer with Alex Polizzi in March where the hotelier helped to turn around the Abel’s business.

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