We have now visited Walnut Cottage and the Nuns’ Refectory, and before visiting the Abbey, there are some interesting barns in the museum to look at. There are a few displays of farm life in a row of old stables, unfortunately the space was quite small, especially with visitors, I did managed to get one room. Luckily it was about the eel catchers and how they made the wicker traps to catch the eels. When we first moved to the Fens, I once saw an Eel Catcher in his flat bottom boat on one of the large drainage ditches, more like rivers really, but I didn’t have my camera, I suppose I will never see one again……although my camera is now, always at the ready.
Further along there are more barns and inside is a village shop display, we spent quite a while looking at the all the old items and even recognising some of them, well quite a few really.
The above barn is called the Great Barn, the front of it can been seen in the second photo of the post. The 17th-century barn was built of stone salvaged from some of the buildings of the Abbey, the ones that did not survive the ‘Disillusions of the Monasteries’ in 1536.
Lots of vintage farm equipment to study, if you so wish, husband enjoyed that part.
The entrance to the Museum and Abbey had always intrigued me, the pillars look so old. Unfortunately it is difficult to get a photo of both of them, together as the main road is extremely busy, so I just managed to get one as we were leaving, after our visit. I found some information about them and it confirmed my feelings about them…..they are old, they date from the 14th century.
This is what I found……..By 1809 the main road joining Ely and Cambridge had moved to the west of Denny Abbey. Around 1814, the Gate Piers at the current Abbey entrance site were likely erected, using a 14th Century moulded pier of the Franciscan church and surmounted by Grecian urns.
The next post, or maybe the next two posts, will be about Denny Abbey.