Photographer's Note

This is for Craig (Macjake) who kindly commented on the restored windpump that I posted. He said that he would like to see a 'non-restored' one - so here it is! It was taken in very challenging light and the photo needed quite a lot of adjustment so apologies if it is too processed for some tastes.

The windpump (now without sails) was built inside the gatehouse of St Benet's Abbey on the banks of the River Bure in Norfolk. The monastery was founded in the 9th-10th century and later became one of the wealthiest Benedictine Abbeys in the country. It started to decline before the English Reformation of the 16th Century, but interestingly was the only monastery in Britain not be included in the dissolution. The last monk left in 1545. All the buildings were later demolished except for the gatehouse. In the 18th century a farmer built a windmill within the gatehouse and later it was converted to a windpump for pumping water.

The Bishop of Norwich remains the abbot of St. Benets and arrives once a year in a Wherry (a sailing boat used on the Norfolk Broads) to preach from its bow on the first Sunday of August.

The Abbey is reached by foot from Ludham bridge and a friend with me was not impressed with walking a long way to see a gigantic 'pizza oven'!!

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 0 N: 4741] (23019)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2019-07-12
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Exposição: f/0.9, 1/21 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2019-07-17 6:58
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Points: 46
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