Views of Norfolk

Fitton Oake, Elizabethan House, Wiggenhall St Germans, Near Kings Lynn In Norfolk

 

We have had another beautiful day in Landsberg, Bavaria, that makes 3 days in a row, wonder if it can make 4 🙂 Visited a monastery, a famous castle and drove into Austria, with wonderful mountain scenery, so lots to post about later when we are home.    

But this post is one I found in my photo library …….A couple of years ago, 2016, we went to buy some bathroom tiles, and where we bought them from, was a shop attached to an Elizabethan House.  The shop is now quite large, and when we returned to choose some kitchen tiles last year, I showed an interest in the house.  Having shown my interest, a nice lady disappeared and then returned with some photos of how the house had looked when the owners had bought it, before they had restored it.  How I would have loved to have taken photos of the building then, even just to have viewed it.  I think its dates  from 1577, I can’t see to find out much about the building, but it was just wonderful to see the photos.  I did mention at the time that I would use the photos in a post and the lady was agreeable to me using them.  Looking at the photos, the first four are the ones shown to me, and then two that I took on our visit, the view you can see from one of the shop windows.

 

A Train Ride to The Seaside at Sheringham, Norfolk

 

 

Back in the summer, 2017, we had relatives to stay, and we took them to travel on the steam train from just outside of Holt to Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast.  When we reach Sheringham, we explored the lovely little seaside resort with them.  This is just to remind me that we do have nice weather, but today we had snow, which later turned into icy rain, not sure which I dislike the most…..the rain I think.  The first photo I took when we reached the beach, was this lovely family enjoying an old fashion day at the seaside.  

The first photos are of the train at different stops on the way and the rest are Sheringham in the sunshine.

 

Leatheringsett Water Mill & Sculthorpe Mill, Norfolk

Hope everyone had a good New Years Eve, and now here we are the first day of a new year, and its still raining, so no photos today.  I’m a little put out, as I had a lovely new camera for Christmas, and all I have taken so far, is a few photos of a stormy Solent on the South Coast.  Never mind the weather will change, hopefully for the better.  Luckily last New Year was rain free, well most of the day was, we visited a lot of Round Tower Churches, I have posted some, but more to come and a couple of mills.  

We had passed the sign for Leatheringsett Mill many times, but on this occasion we were not in a hurry, so we went to explore.  I wasn’t quite sure what we would find, and we a little surprised that it was a red brick building, I suppose I was thinking a smaller stone water mill, but even so it looked interesting.  On entering I read that it’s the last working water mill in Norfolk.

Of course it wasn’t working at the time of our visit, but we didn’t expect it to be.  I think if you want to visit and see it working, you need to phone or email asking what day they would be milling.  It’s quite a large space and I should think when it was built in 1802, it would have been working nonstop, and the air full of dust and the noise of four pairs of mill stones grinding together.  The site of the mill is mentioned in the Domesday book and at that time, 580 water mills were recorded in Norfolk, including the one at Letheringsett, but there were no windmills.  By the 19th century there were only about 80 or 90 watermills still able to work.

Its history is quite fascinating and includes at least two fires, a change from being a watermill to an engine mill, when it made animal feed and back again.  There was enough power for four pairs of mill stones, now only two are used.  There is a shop were you can buy flour, some milled on site and other that is sourced elsewhere.  I think looking back, it would have been more interesting to have seen the mill working, but as it took us nearly ten years to visit in the first place, this visit will have to do 🙂

 

The second mill we visited later on on that day, was to ’ which is now an eatery and a very nice at that.  I have posted about this mill before, but those photos were of a lovely sunny day and this was not, so  totally different kind of photos.

A little history…..There were three watermills along Winsum River in 1225, and a new watermill was built in 1757.  Having ground corn for many years, the mill probably ceased working c.1947 and was becoming derelict by the 1950s. It was turned into a country club in 1980’s, but was nearly destroyed by a fire in 2002. It was reopened in 2003, after a refit and is, as you see it now.

 

Happy New Year 2018

Well thats the end of another year, they do seem to be going faster, or is that just me 🙂  I would like to thank all my blogging friends, for the likes and most of all, the comments that people take the time to leave.  Hopefully next year I will catch up on some of the tons of churches that I still have to post 🙂

‘Happy New Year’ and I do hope it’s as peaceful as it can be for everyone.

The photo is of the Fens in Norfolk, and I am sure that if it wasn’t pouring down in rain, this is what the end of 2017 would have looked like 🙂

Christmas at Burnham Market, Norfolk

One of the places we like to visit, to get into the Christmas feel, is Burnham Market in Norfolk.  Unfortunately in 2016 it was raining, but it was still so magical, with all the trees lit up.