Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Burgh Mill and Lock, River Bure

Burgh Mill and Lock
River Bure / Aylsham Navigation
November 2009

Burgh is one of the more obscure mills on the Bure, with its distinctive multi peaked roofline.

Burgh Mill - upstream view 2009

Burgh Mill 1908

Gaining access to Burgh Lock represents something of a challenge, as it is surrounded by farmland and expensive housing, with few roads or tracks in the vicinity. Google Earth came to the rescue with evidence of a footbridge crossing river behind Burgh Church, which leads to a riverside footpath which runs down the west bank to the mill and lock.

Burgh Mill - downstream view 2009

This shallow lock, maybe three feet in depth, has been converted to a manually operated sluice, with winding gear similar to that used at Coltishall Lock in times past.

Burgh Lock 2009

Burgh Lock 1927

 As with the other locks on this navigation, this lock was damaged in the 1912 flood and the chamber has stood redundant for the better part of a century.

Burgh Lock sluice gear 2009

A short hop across the flooded water meadows provided a good viewpoint  for the dowmstream face of the watermill, which stands unused and unconverted.

Burgh Lockpool


Martin said...

Unused and uncared for, alas it's showing signs of impending collapse.

Martin said...

I see there's to be a dredging operation on the Bure:

Upton Dyke

Monday 11 January 2010 - Wednesday 31 March 2010

The Broads Authority will be undertaking dredging operations at Upton Dyke.

The works will take place from 7.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday inclusive. There will be unrestricted access at weekends.

Passage past the dredging location will not be possible due to the dredging rig blocking the navigation. Please note that at all times you may only proceed past dredging vessels when clear indication is given that it is safe to do so. Please ensure you navigate with care and caution.

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