Monday, 3 January 2011

Horsey Windpump

At the start of our walk to see the seals yesterday was Horsey Windpump on a canally bit of the Norfolk Broads. The windpump was built in 1911 but put out of action by a lightning strike in a storm in 1943. According to RoadTour:

The storm that night was so ferocious that the operator got tangled up in the sails as he struggled to secure them. It is said his screams can still be heard on a gusty night!

When we returned from the seals as dusk fell we heard no screams. They would have been drowned out anyway by the noise of huge flocks of geese (or perhaps swans - it really was getting dark!) circling over the mere.

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