Monday, 30 March 2015

All Saints Church, Hilgay, Norfolk

I have wanted to visit All Saints Church in Hilgay for several years, as this was the location of my Paternal Grandmother, on my Mothers side, first wedding back in 1931.  It took us a little while to find it as it was too the side of the village, hidden amongst several large trees.  The access to the church was down this very long, pretty, holly bush and lime tree lined, road.

The church was constructed around 1794 with the tower made of brick and the rest of the church of carstone and ashlar dressing stones, with a slate roof.  The tower is quite a squat tower, which appears to be quite unusual for this part of the country.

The inside of the church feels really cosy and is full of ornate carved wood.

Just inside the church to the left can be seen a very old funeral cart.  There is a notice inside the cart which reads "Hilgay Hearse - This was purchased by public subscription to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.  Note that it is not horse drawn but pushed by hand.  One of the last men to push it the late Harry Mann was paid 'half a crown' to bring a body from Ten Mile Bank to Hilgay"(note a distance of 3.9 miles or 6.2 km).

Sunday, 29 March 2015

St Mary's Church, Southery, Norfolk

St Mary's Church is situated in the Nofolk village of Southery.  The church was built in 1858 to replace the original church, ruins of which, can be seen just down the road.

The church is constructed of Carstone slips and Bath stone dressing.  The bell housed in the tower dates back to 1747 and was originally in the earlier chruch.

The spire is classed as a broached spire and it has plate-tracery windows.

This is all that remains of the original Church of St Mary.  The church was Medieval, built of Carstone, Ashlar and brick, much of it was reused from other Norman buildings.  The north doorway dates from the 14th Century and the north wall to the 15th Century.  The church stopped being used in the mid 19th Century.  

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Up Close And Personal With Some Clouds

I love taking sunset shots, however tonight the cloud cover was just to dense around the sun so I concentrated on the clouds further up that were getting illuminated.  Really liked the patterns and colours that were formed, I hope you do to.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tonight's Stunning Sunset

Looking from the Aegean Coast of Turkey across to the Greek Island of Samos, the sunset tonight was stunning, made all the more dramatic by some heavy cloud formations.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Enjoying The Winter Sunshine

Ours friends dog, Efes, laying amongst the daisies, enjoying the winter sunshine here in Turkey.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Cromer Lifeboat Station

At the end of the pier in Cromer on the Norfolk Coast in the UK can be found the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) off shore lifeboat station.  The current building was rebuilt between 1997 and 1999, to replace the original building which had been located here since 1923.  This original building was relocated to Southwold in Suffolk where it is used as a lifeboat museum.

Cromer's volunteer crews have, over the years, been awarded many accolades for their bravery and daring rescues, spanning over two centuries.  Names of the brave crew, the lifeboats they served on, the dates of their rescue attempts and the names of the vessels in distress are recorded on the plaques that are all over the interior walls of the station.  These along with the beautifully decorated and colourful stained glass windows are a very fitting tribute.

Because this station is classed as an 'Explore' station, meaning visitors can get 'up close and personal with the impressive fully operational, working lifeboats.  It is amazing how they manage to maneuver these large boats into quite a tight space.

These three stained glass windows record some of Cromer's most famous lifeboats.

The Ruby and Arthur Reed 1 lifeboat was in service here in Cromer from 30th April 1967 until it was replaced 17 years later.  During this time she performed 125 service launches and rescued 58 people. Again she was named after the generous benefactor Mrs Reed in memory of her husband.

Henry Blogg was Cromer and probably Englands most famous and decorated lifeboat man and is referred to as 'the greatest of the lifeboatmen'.  He was born on the 6th February 1876, was coxwain of the cromer lifeboat from 1909 to 1947 and died on the 13th June 1954.  During his career he awarded three gold medals and four silver medals by the RNLI as well as the George Cross and the British Empire Medal as well as several other awards.  Due to the Watson Class lifeboats being the boats stationed here in Cromer during Henry Blogg's career, they have become the most famous type of lifeboat.

The current lifeboat stationed here is a Tamar Class named Edward and Barbara Prigmore, (in recognition of the generous donation given to the RNLI by the late Mrs Prigmore), which came into service in 2011.

The drama of the seas recreated on canvas.

If you ever get the chance to visit Cromer, please stop by the Lifeboat Station, it is a fantastic place to visit and if your timing is right you may even get to see the lifeboat being launched out to sea.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Denver, Norfolk, UK

Denver is a small village located in the county of Norfolk in the UK.  It is recorded that its name originates from the Anglo Saxon 'Dena faer', meaning the ford or passage of the Danes, referring to the Viking invasions.

The main building that stands out in the centre of the village is the Medieval church of St Mary's dating back to the 14th and 15th Centuries, built using the local carrstone, edged with bath stone and sitting under a slate roof.  The base of the tower is of an earlier date than the rest of the church and there is evidence in some of the walls that suggests that there could have been an earlier Saxon church on the site.  The church was restored in the late 19th Century and the tower in 1986.

As is a typical layout for most villages, across the road is the village pub, The Bell Inn.  The pub has been located here since at least 1836 and was one of five pubs in this small village.

Here is a link to a photo of this pub dating to around 1935, showing very little change to the outside of the pub, apart from the pub advertising selling Halls Ales of Ely rather than a Free House and also advertising 'Good stabling', not really needed today.  Mind you, could you get arrested for drink riding!!

We are now going to head down the road to Denver Sluice, which Denver is most famous for, passing by the windmill.

You can just see the 19th Century windmill, just poking out from the surrounding trees.  The windmill was first constructed in 1835, replacing an earlier post mill which was marked on an Ordinance Survey Map dated 1824 .  The tower is listed as Grade II and has been owned by the Historic Building Trust since 1995 and restoration works on the tower are due to start shortly.

The windmill featured in an episode of the hit UK comedy 'Allo Allo - Fighting with Windmills', filmed in 1992.  The windmill also lies on the path of the Roman Fen Causeway.

We have now arrived at Denver Sluice.  The original sluice was constructed here in 1651, but it had to be rebuilt in 1713 after being damaged by an extremely high tidal surge.  The sluice plays a major role in the drainage of the fens being at the cross roads of 5 water courses that snake their way across the fens.

It is recorded that the work carried out during the flood protection works that are commemorated by the plaque shown below, were originally suggested back in 1642, 300 years before they were carried out.