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    Default Happisburgh Beach Pillbox & St Benet's Abbey on the river Bure

    So Today I decided to have a little road trip around Norfolk. Started off by visiting St Benets Abbey, a 14th/18th combo of Abbey and an old Mill. Then Off to Happisburgh to scout out some of the old WW2 Coastal Defences. Past a lot of anti-tank concrete cubes on the way, a few inland pill boxes - but the one I shot below was the one I wanted to see. Due to the coastal erosion along this part of the coast, this pillbox plummeted onto the beach and now sits upturned, minus its floor. All in all, a windy but good day..

    Not too happy with some of the HDR cloud processing on these but Ill tweak them later and see if I can improve on them.... If anyone can advise me on how I improve de-ghosting these clouds I would welcome any help

    The Abbey of St Benet at Holme lies deep in the Broadland of East Norfolk, close to the meeting place of the rivers Bure and Ant. This was the only Norfolk monastery founded in the Anglo-Saxon period which continued in use throughout the Middle Ages – the only comparable ones in East Anglia were the royal abbeys at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and Ely in Cambridgeshire. However St Benet’s, unlike Bury and Ely, was largely abandoned after the closure of the monastery in the 1530s, because of its inaccessible location.

    The buildings have been thoroughly demolished except for the gatehouse and the wind pump later built onto it. The surviving ruins and earthwork remains are very interesting indeed, however. Visitors can see how the site was laid out, while much important evidence remains below the ground. The Trust bought the main part of the site from the Crown Estate in 2002, and the gatehouse and mill from the Diocese of Norwich in 2004.

    As well as being of great historical interest, St Benet's is also very atmospheric. Standing in the depths of Broadland, away from roads and other settlements, it is a wonderful place to spend time surrounded by the wide open skies and away from the modern world. For over 200 years it has been a favourite spot for artists and photographers.

    Thanks to CallmeGoose

    cybollox (22nd April 2014) 

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