TG3715 : The wherry Albion on the River Bure

taken 8 years ago, near to Upper Street, Norfolk, Great Britain

The wherry Albion on the River Bure
The wherry Albion on the River Bure
Albion is the oldest surviving Norfolk trading wherry. It was built by William Brighton - at his yard on the north bank of Lake Lothing, between Oulton Broad and Lowestoft - for the firm of Bungay Maltsters, W.D. and A.E. Walker, and launched in October 1898. The wherry is owned by the Norfolk Wherry Trust: LinkExternal link. For a detailed history see: LinkExternal link

Today, Albion takes the Rt Revd Graham James, Abbot of St Benetís and Bishop of Norwich, to the annual service at the site of St Benet's Abbey. The service has taken place every year since 1939, except during the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak.

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.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 August, 2011
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Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Religious sites  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3787 1577 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:41.2407N 1:31.0882E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3795 1575
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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