Denver Village

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Denver is a charming village about 1 miles south of Downham Market. Situated on the edge of the Fens, the village gently descends on the flat Fens toward Denver Sluice.

Denver Village

The church of St Mary sits in a long graveyard at the junction in the old village center. Also at the heart of the village are the post office and pub, The Bell Inn. The inventor Captain George Mamby, was born in the village in 1765. A plaque commemorating this can be found at his birthplace on the edge of the village. Historic Denver Windmill welcomes visitors to look around the mill tower and exhibitions about milling and life in the Fens as well at the opportunity to indulge at the popular tea rooms. The mill also offers baking courses.

Continuing past the mill visitors will come to Denver Sluice, a fascinating and vitally important complex for water management across large parts of the surrounding Fens, situated as it is at the confluence of five watercourses. In 1651 the first sluice was built across the river at Denver, by Cornelius Vermuyden, although it had to be rebuilt after bursting in 1713. Today the complex is managed by the Environment Agency who also provide a small interpretation center and pre-booked tours of the site for groups.

Adjacent to the main sluices, is a pub with waterside gardens. Denver Sluice is the home of West Norfolk Rowing Club and Denver Sailing Club and is a popular location for pleasure boaters and for people just wanting to relax around the waterways. Denver Sluice is on the Fen Rivers Way footpath which follow the river Great Ouse from King’s Lynn sough to Ely.

Site Information
Address:
Denver, PE38 0DP, Norfolk
Visitor Information
Disabled access
Yes
Refreshments (nearby)
Yes
Dog friendly
Yes
Features
Architecture
Nearby Attractions
Attraction 1:
Discover Downham Heritage & Learning Centre
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1.03 Miles Away
Discover Downham is run by the Downham Market & District Heritage Society. The Society is operating as a ‘social enterprise’, in that it raises funds through donations, membership fees, admission fees to its talks and visits, hire of rooms, and through the sale of postcards and notelets depicting local scenes painted by one of its members.
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Attraction 2:
Downham Market
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1.03 Miles Away
On the banks of the River Great Ouse, and dating back to Saxon times, Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns. The attractive market place is immediately identifiable by the splendidly unusual and majestic black and white clock.
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Attraction 3:
The Market Place
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1.03 Miles Away
Downham Market has a regular, popular and thriving outdoor market held every Friday and Saturday on the Town Hall car park, next to the imposing Town Hall. The market is open between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.
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Attraction 4:
Downham Market Town Square
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1.04 Miles Away
The Town Square is situated in the very heart of the town and is the square inhabited by the iconic Town Clock. Town Square Trading is aimed to maximize the square’s potential encompassing a range of activities from individual stalls, craft stalls, hosting public information roadshows/campaigns, advertising opportunities, product launches to a performance arena highlighting local talent.
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Attraction 5:
Church of St Edmund's, Downham Market
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1.08 Miles Away
St Edmund’s is located on a beautiful site, overlooking the town to the fens beyond. Although the building underwent an extensive 19th- century restoration, a number of earlier features survive, including a 15th-century font, a lady chapel dating from c.1500 and an eight branch glass chandelier made c.1730.
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