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Been Busy

By Ashley Dace

Sorry for a lack of blogs, I have been very busy having submitted 513 pictures since my last blog. Thanks to the excellent weather the list of targets has many more black crossings out.
First of all was a geology trip out to Edale on the 19th April, this was to examine the south Pennine Orefield. An early train was caught to Sheffield before a change onto a local service. From Edale station I hiked over Hollin's cross to Odin mine (lead) before heading onto Castleton. In the town I tried to find the old mill but to no success, instead the walk up Cave Dale started (my first visit since summer 07). Three quarters up the basalt lava was encountered, a quick inspection found some nice fresh faces to look at. It was poorly amygdaloidal and poorly columnar. By now it was rather hot and still very sunny, the light was hazy. After leaving the dale I followed the path to Dirtlow Rake before heading onto Ashton’s lead mine. Passing Hope works I briefly stopped in Hope before walking to catch the train.
SK1384 : View to Edale Mill by Ashley Dace SK1384 : Path to Hollins Cross by Ashley Dace SK1383 : Odin Mine and Mam Tor by Ashley Dace SK1482 : Cave Dale by Ashley Dace SK1482 : Cave Dale Lava by Ashley Dace SK1481 : Dirtlow Rake by Ashley Dace SK1481 : Former Mining on Dirtlow Rake by Ashley Dace SK1481 : Mine Workings - Dirtlow Rake by Ashley Dace SK1581 : Dirtlow Rake by Ashley Dace SK1682 : Ashton's Mine by Ashley Dace SK1783 : Anglo Saxon Carved Cross by Ashley Dace SK1883 : Train Service to Norwich by Ashley Dace

The next day was spent in Birmingham, Sarehole mill was the target. Sadly I can't submit internals, however Moseley Bog was explored.
SP0786 : Steam Engine at Moor Street by Ashley Dace SP0786 : GWR 2-8-0 No. 2885 by Ashley Dace SP1082 : Hall Green Railway Station by Ashley Dace SP0981 : Sarehole Watermill by Ashley Dace SP0982 : Moseley Bog Nature Reserve by Ashley Dace SP0982 : Moseley Bog Nature Reserve by Ashley Dace SP0982 : Moseley Bog Nature Reserve by Ashley Dace SP0982 : Moseley Bog Nature Reserve by Ashley Dace SP0981 : Moseley Bog Nature Reserve by Ashley Dace SP0981 : Moseley Bog Nature Reserve by Ashley Dace

Next was the trip home to Norfolk/Suffolk where I had a jam packed 2 weeks. I was going to visit the Nene Valley railway (I go from Leicester to Peterborough through to Norwich) but they had a locomotive I don't like with foreign stock so I gave it a miss. Instead I visited Railworld next door. This site was much better than expected with remains of the LNWR shed, few bits of stock and even a Bellis and Morcom steam engine.
TL1898 : Former LNWR Turntable by Ashley Dace TL1898 : Footbridge over the Nene by Ashley Dace TL1898 : Bellis and Morcom Enclosed Steam Engine by Ashley Dace TL1898 : Former Aqueduct by Ashley Dace TL1898 : River Nene by Ashley Dace TL1898 : GBRf Class 66 - 66712 at Peterborough by Ashley Dace TL1898 : Former LNWR Engine Shed by Ashley Dace TL1898 : Former LNWR Engine Shed by Ashley Dace TL1898 : Peterborough NVR Railway Station by Ashley Dace
Friday saw me on the Mid Norfolk railway northern section again, only submitted the one photo through as I didn't want to replicate myself
TF9917 : Bridge 1701 by Ashley Dace
Saturday my parents suggested St Benet's Abbey, how could I refuse!
TG3815 : St Benet's Abbey - Gatehouse by Ashley Dace TG3815 : St Benet's Abbey - Gatehouse by Ashley Dace TG3815 : St Benet's Abbey - Church by Ashley Dace TG3715 : St Benet's Abbey - Gatehouse by Ashley Dace TG4015 : Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill by Ashley Dace TG4015 : Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill by Ashley Dace TG4015 : Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill by Ashley Dace TG4015 : Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill by Ashley Dace
More abbey was on its way with the newly opened (2010) Langley Abbey which isn't far from me. A little over restored but fantastic photography wise.
Its previous use (steam mill) was of IA interest as well.
TG3602 : Langley Abbey by Ashley Dace TG3602 : Langley Abbey - Cellarium by Ashley DaceTG3602 : Langley Abbey - Cellarium by Ashley Dace TG3602 : Langley Abbey - Cellarium by Ashley Dace TG3602 : Langley Abbey - Church by Ashley Dace

Next in line was a trip without the parents, a Norfolk/Suffolk tour. I had wanted to explore Thelnetham Windmill but even though it was advertised as opened it was locked up. After a bad start I reached Thetford and geographed the motte and bailey before heading off to Thetford Warren lodge, Weeting castle and a nice round barrow.
TL8384 : Thetford Warren Lodge by Ashley Dace TL7888 : Pepper Hill Tumulus by Ashley Dace TL7789 : Weeting Castle by Ashley Dace TL7789 : Weeting Castle by Ashley Dace TL7789 : Weeting Castle by Ashley Dace

In the small village of Denver near Kings Lynn is a nice commercial windmill with public access. This was my main target, inside was a nice governor, blackstone engine and ex steam mill. Well worth the long trip.
TF6001 : Denver Mill - Blackstone Engine by Ashley Dace TF6001 : Denver Mill - Cap by Ashley Dace TF6001 : Denver Mill - Governor and Tentering Beams by Ashley Dace TF6001 : Denver Mill - Sack Hoist by Ashley Dace TF6001 : Denver Mill by Ashley Dace TF6001 : Denver Mill - Great Spur Wheel by Ashley Dace TF6001 : Denver Mill by Ashley Dace TL8782 : Thetford Castle by Ashley Dace TL8782 : Thetford Castle by Ashley Dace TL8782 : Thetford Castle by Ashley Dace

Railways have taken a back step recently so to remedy this a trip to the East Anglian Railway museum was what the doctor ordered. Due to the distance I went on the train via Beccles, Ipswich and Colchester. Some nice GER carriages, wonderful station and goods shed. Had a fantastic few hours.
TL8928 : Chappel & Wakes Colne Station by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Chappel Signal Box by Ashley Dace TL8928 : N7 69621 in the Workshops by Ashley Dace TL8928 : BR Class 04 No. D2279 by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Chappel & Wakes Colne Goods Shed by Ashley Dace TL8928 : GER Boston Coach (E61533E) by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Chappel and Wakes Colne Goods Shed by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Chappel Viaduct by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Chappel Viaduct by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Great Eastern Railway - 19 by Ashley Dace TL8928 : Chappel and Wakes Colne Station by Ashley Dace TL8928 : 0-4-0 Saddle Tank - No. 2039 'Jeffrey' by Ashley Dace

Bank holiday Monday saw me and my dad continue the railway theme with a revisit to Reepham and Whitwell railway, last visit was a month after the public opening in April 2009.
TG0921 : Reepham and Whitwell Railway Station by Ashley Dace TG0921 : Anne at Reepham and Whitwell by Ashley Dace TG0921 : Freight Train at Whitwell and Reepham by Ashley Dace TG0921 : SECR Brake Van by Ashley Dace

Suffolk was due for a visit, I hadn't done Saxstead Green internally so that was my first stop.
TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Steam/Oil Mill by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Steam/Oil Mill by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Brake Wheel by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Stones by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Tentering Beam by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Governor by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - External Drive by Ashley Dace TM2564 : Saxstead Green Postmill - Steam/Oil Mill by Ashley Dace

Framlingham Castle was one to do but BH traffic put a stop to that, instead I headed towards Leiston. Geographing the a little of the Sizewell nuclear freight branch.
My target was Eastbridge chapel, this was to compliment my set at Leiston Abbey.
TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel by Ashley Dace TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel by Ashley Dace TM4765 : Eastbridge Chapel by Ashley Dace TM4263 : The Aldeburgh Branch by Ashley Dace TM4163 : The Aldeburgh Branch by Ashley Dace TM4766 : Anti Tank Blocks by Ashley Dace

Next was an unplanned stop at Dunwich to visit the attractions in this little village.
TM4770 : Dunwich Friary - Gate and Perimeter Wall by Ashley Dace TM4770 : Dunwich Friary by Ashley Dace TM4770 : Dunwich Friary by Ashley Dace TM4770 : In Memory of Jacob Forster by Ashley Dace TM4770 : View from Dunwich Cliffs by Ashley Dace TM4770 : Dunwich Leper Hospital by Ashley Dace TM4770 : Dunwich Leper Hospital by Ashley Dace TM4770 : All Saints Church by Ashley Dace

Still hungry for mills the Norfolk broads were calling.
Ashton Farm WP was my first, the footpath was closed so this was abandoned. Further up the road along the Acle straight is Palmers hollow WP, this was surprisingly freewheeling.
TG5009 : Ashtree Farm Windpump by Ashley DaceTG4012 : Palmer's Mill - Upton Marshes by Ashley Dace TG4012 : Palmer's Mill - Upton Marshes by Ashley Dace TG4013 : Wiseman's Oby Mill by Ashley Dace TG4014 : Tall Mill Drainage Pumps by Ashley Dace TG4014 : Partly Scrapped Boiler by Ashley Dace TG4014 : Upton Black mill - Cap by Ashley Dace

Ranworth broad has always been a favourite of mine since several school trips. This time the target was the church with its open tower and Langley Antiphoner.
The broads (NWT) centre was also visited.
TG3514 : Ranworth St Helen's Church - Bells by Ashley Dace TG3514 : Ranworth St Helen's Church - Roof by Ashley Dace TG3514 : Malthouse Broad from Ranworth Church Tower by Ashley Dace TG3515 : River Bure from Ranworth Church by Ashley Dace TG3815 : St Benet's Abbey from Ranworth Church by Ashley Dace TG3514 : Ranworth St Helen's by Ashley Dace TG3514 : Ranworth Antiphoner by Ashley Dace TG3514 : Ranworth Antiphoner by Ashley Dace TG3514 : Ranworth St Helen's Church by Ashley Dace TG3515 : Reeds and Alder Carr by Ashley Dace TG3515 : Access to Ranworth Broad by Ashley Dace TG3515 : Ranworth Broad by Ashley Dace TG3515 : Ranworth Broad NWT Centre by Ashley Dace

This was my last Norfolk trip, back in mid/late June until October.
Chris Allen, a fellow IA enthusiast had invited me along to see Bestwood colliery north of Nottingham. This winder had had some lottery money, the restoration was fantastic. The volunteer guides were also excellent and obviously proud. Later on several ex lace mills in Beeston and Long Eaton provided new territory for the both of us.
SK5547 : Bestwood Colliery - Winding Drum by Ashley Dace SK5547 : Bestwood Colliery - Cylinder Floor by Ashley Dace SK5547 : Bestwood Colliery - Controller Gear by Ashley Dace SK5547 : Bestwood Colliery - Driver and Cylinders by Ashley Dace SK5547 : Bestwood Colliery - Dynamo House by Ashley Dace SK5547 : Bestwood Colliery - External View by Ashley Dace

Today was my last change to visit (this year) New Hall mill in Sutton Coldfield N of Birmingham. On arrival I was greeted by enthusiastic volunteers who were happy to assist and chat. It was also one of the best equipped I had visited with most of the machinery working, either via the 1949 diesel engine or waterwheel. A seriously good mill that is recommended.
SP1394 : New Hall Mill - Bevel Gears by Ashley Dace SP1394 : New Hall Mill - Sack Hoist by Ashley Dace SP1394 : New Hall Mill - Wheel by Ashley Dace SP1394 : New Hall Mill - Stones by Ashley Dace SP1394 : New Hall Mill by Ashley Dace SP1394 : New Hall Mill - Bin Floor by Ashley Dace SP1394 : New Hall Mill - Aspirator by Ashley Dace

Due to exams and independent mapping in June (Rum) geographing (at least IA) should show down/stop until I'm back in Norfolk. However it is Mills open WE 14/15th May, the parents are coming up. I have put down 5 to visit; Saturday is Wymondham and Whissendine, Sunday is Shepsted (Water), Kibworth (post) and Swannington.
Should be good!


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Mon, 9 May 2011 at 00:44
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