A Different Twist On History.

St. Benet's Abbey.

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A Different Twist On History.

Post by Miles » October 6th, 2017, 8:48 am

Did you know there used to be a pub by the ruins of St. Benet's Abbey?

Wikipedia source, so must be real. ;)
Between 1782 and 1886 just along the river from the gatehouse there was a wherryman's riverside pub called The Chequers
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I can't help but wonder what secrets this ancient site holds and also whether metal detecting is permitted?

People seem to think it escaped the dissolution entirely but apparently not as within a few years the monks had left. Probably dissatisfied with the mobile signal.
I suspect and it is pure speculation that the area might have been involved with the mega tonnage of peat that found its way to Norwich judging by the size of Barton Broad.
However, when even Stonehenge is not as it appears now, then the truth may be out there but most likely hidden in the depths of the mud, peat and silt.
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The Norfolk Broads must contain some archaeological gems perfectly preserved in the moist river and reed beds.


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Re: A Different Twist On History.

Post by BEN » October 6th, 2017, 2:28 pm

It's not speculation, St Benets had the rights of turbary (peat digging) over vast areas of the broads and were making a pretty penny. St Benets was not closed down during the dissolution by Henry VIII as he gave it to the bishope of Norwich. Technically the Abbey has never been closed, however the Bishops were quite happy taking in all the moneys the Monks used to get, so with nothing to support them the Abbey collapsed. I believe some of the fancy fittings in Norwich Catherdral / Bishops palace came from St Benets..
There was a ferry marked on a old map I saw, crossing the river at the pub...

It's not on this map but it is of interest.
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as is this site
http://norfarchtrust.org.uk/stbenets

And this one shows the buildings including the pub site
http://www.stbenetsabbey.org/history-map.php

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Re: A Different Twist On History.

Post by Miles » October 6th, 2017, 3:00 pm

Apparently, the pub was at St.Benet's House which I believe is no longer around, any ideas on its former location?
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Re: A Different Twist On History.

Post by BEN » October 9th, 2017, 2:55 pm

The chequers is shown on old maps as being on the waterside almost direct inline with the remaining standing bit of St Benets abbey ie the old gateway / windmill. It was probably created from some of the shore side buildings shown on some of the sites I previously linked to..
http://norfolkpubs.co.uk/norfolkh/horning/hornch.htm

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Re: A Different Twist On History.

Post by Miles » October 9th, 2017, 2:59 pm

Excellent stuff.
Thanks for the researching.
Said to have been built from materials removed from St. Benets Abbey.
Probably all of it was as no quarries around there.
Might be spotted locally in masonry.
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