Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Trouble at the Mill: The Remains of the Briggate Mill

The charred ruins of the former Briggate Mill, to be found between Worstead and North Walsham. There seems to be a degree of uncertainty as to the mill's exact age, but it is suggested that a mill has been on this site for at least two centuries. Finally closed in the late 1960s, Briggate Mill has since had a somewhat notorious history as it was set alight as part of an arson insurance scam.

The mill was located on the 8+ mile North Walsham and Dilham Canal, Norfolk's only (long-disued) official canal.

Friday, 20 January 2012

'Much Obscured by Vegetation:' The Ruins of St Michaels Church, Sco Ruston

Between Coltishall and North Walsham lie the ruins of the medieval church of St Michael, in the tiny parish of Sco Ruston. Not far from a fairly well-used road, the ruins are nevertheless well hidden beneath a great deal of ivy: it's quite difficult to even get a sense of the shape of the exterior because of this. Yet the interior, despite the lack of a roof and the trees growing up through the floors, feels oddly spacious and preserved, in a forgotten kind of way. Midday winter light streaming through the doors gave a genuine sense of warmth.

The ruins are Grade II listed. The English heritage report includes the observation, "Much obscured by vegetation."