New team to run historic Denver Mill

PUBLISHED: 08:29 09 January 2013

Denver Mill without its sails. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Denver Mill without its sails. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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The Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust last night confirmed who will take over the running of an historic mill later this year.

The trust has revealed Samantha and Graham Styles will have “important roles” in helping the management of the Denver Mill site.

Three of the trust’s directors and its secretary, Dr Douglas Munro, will also be working in the new management team, which will be running the site from June this year.

Mr and Mrs Styles live nearby and Mrs Styles was head of confectionary baking at Denver Mill from May 2010 until April 2012.

Mr Styles has been running a family building business in Essex.

Denver Mill was one of the country’s last working windmills until a sail broke off and showered debris around the complex, near Downham Market, in October 2011.

All four sails and the stock were removed in January last year and the trust said it needed to raise £100,000 to get the sails turning again.

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 trust by Norfolk County Council.

Mark and Lindsay Abel took it over in 2008 but their lease runs out in May. They are set to move their business to Hanse House in King’s Lynn.

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