TG3815 : St Benets gatehouse and drainage pump, Horning

taken 12 years ago, near to Upper Street, Norfolk, Great Britain

St Benets gatehouse and drainage pump, Horning
St Benets gatehouse and drainage pump, Horning
The Abbey of St Benets is situated on a sand and gravel island called Cow Holm, surrounded by grazing marshes beside the River Bure. In the Middle Ages the site was approached by land along a broad causeway from Horning to the north west and by river along the Bure, and there is no doubt that before the marshes were drained in the eighteenth century it was more often than not a true island. The abbey grounds comprised gardens and fish ponds, the outlines of which are still visible on the ground, between the abbey buildings and the gatehouse.

St Benets was the only Anglo-Saxon monastery in the county which continued in use throughout the Middle Ages, and moreover, the site was left undisturbed after the Dissolution because of its inaccessible location. When the surrounding marshes were drained in the early eighteenth century, the precinct ditch formed part of the drainage system and a mill was first erected at the eastern outflow to pump water into the river. No trace remains. Later in the same century the eastern drainage mill was replaced by the present one which was erected onto the front of the abbey's gatehouse, and the upper floor of the gatehouse was removed to provide room for the sails to turn. The medieval gatehouse and adjoining eighteenth-century windmill are well known and have become an icon for the county's historic landscape.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 17 April, 2007   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 2 March, 2011
Windmill (derelict)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 380 157 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:41.2309N 1:31.2383E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 380 158
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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