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This beautiful old watermill was literally about a mile down the road from where we recently stayed in Burnham Market, Norfolk.

The present structure which is on the River Burn was originally built in 1790 by Edmund Savory who was a tenant on the Walpole Estate. He had already built the mill bridge in the previous year and incorporated date stones into both structures. In common with many mills, the course of the river was altered to provide a mill dam of sufficient size and also to place the mill in flood free accessible environment. The new cut that was dug for the mill was tidal until before the second world war, with the surge being controlled by a sluice about a mile downstream. The tidal effect was lost when Burnham Norgate marshes were drained.

By the 1880s the waterwheel drove 3 pairs of stones and was supplemented by a 16hp condensing steam beam engine powered by a Cornish boiler that drove a further 4 sets of stones.

The Grade II-listed property is owned by the National Trust, and has been converted into holiday accommodation.


Tags:   Norfolk watermills Burnham Overy Lower Mill Grade II-listed buildings, National Trust National Trust

N 35 B 2.0K C 4 E Aug 12, 2016 F Aug 20, 2016
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The village of Eyam in Derbyshire's Peak District is famous for the sacrifice made by villagers when the Great Plague that came to London in 1665 spread to the village via an infected bale of cloth. To ensure that the plague did not spread to the rest of Derbyshire the villagers imposed a voluntary quarantine of the village during which the plague killed at least 260 villagers, with only 83 surviving out of a population of 350. These cottages next to the village church were inhabited by some of the plague victims, and are now known as the Plague Cottages.

Tags:   Derbyshire Peak District National Park Eyam Plague Cottages cottages English villages 17th century buildings

N 57 B 1.3K C 27 E Jan 5, 2019 F Apr 5, 2021
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I don't pretend to be a bird photographer, but when we had a few days in Devon and Dorset in early 2019 we visited Beer and walked along the cliff-top above the beach. This little robin seemed to follow us wherever we went, and so I just had to take a few photos. We went back the next day with some bird food hoping he'd be there, but we never saw him again.

Tags:   Devon Beer robins birds

N 27 B 805 C 9 E Jan 14, 2022 F Feb 14, 2022
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The beautiful little seaside town of Sidmouth is on the East Devon coast and sits between two large red sandstone cliffs. At the western end of the seafront is Connaught Gardens, which are on a small headland giving excellent views along the coast. This is the view of the Peak Hill cliff and Jacob's Ladder beach below.

Tags:   Devon Sidmouth Peak Hill Cliff cliffs beaches coast Connaught Gardens

N 49 B 1.0K C 11 E Dec 26, 2021 F Feb 6, 2022
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This is the beautiful little seaside resort of Looe in the south-east of Cornwall. We have our holiday home just outside the town, and weather permitting we hope to be back there early next week.

Originally the twin towns of East Looe and West Looe (seen here), it has been just the one town since the end of the 19th century. The Looe River had an important role in the 19th century, handling the export of copper and tin ore from the mines on Bodmin Moor. The mining industry closed and Looe developed as a seaside resort and fishing town, with a large fish market on the east bank. Sadly the daily fish auction has moved to Plymouth but Looe still supports a small fishing industry.

Tags:   Cornwall Looe West Looe seaside resorts fishing towns Looe River


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