Friday, June 15, 2012

New look for St Benet’s Abbey ruins at Horning

The mysterious ruins of St Benet’s Abbey next to the River Bure at Horning are currently hidden beneath scaffolding as an £800,000 restoration project gets under way.

And the painstaking work of specialist builders from Suffolk firm R and J Hogg is creating quite a point of interest for Broads holidaymakers passing on boats.

Since the scaffolding went up in April, Bernie Bartrum and his team have inspected every inch of the medieval abbey gatehouse and adjoining 18th century windmill to check for the ravages of time.

Foreman Steve Martin said: “It is a fantastic spot to work over the summer. Before we started we had to carry out a wildlife survey and we have seen everything here from hen harriers and kestrels to barn owls and a sparrowhawk carrying a large rat.”

Click here to read this article from the Norwich Evening News