St James and the White Friars

St James Mill as seen through the span of Whitefriars Bridge: 15th July 2019

Seen reflected in the waters of River Wensum is St James Mill built in 1836 in an attempt to save the local textile trade which was being eroded by mills in the northern counties, with their ample supply of rushing water. The weavers sited here were able to access steam-powered looms. It was the local textile trade’s first step into the Industrial Age.

In the foreground is Whitefriars Bridge. First mentioned in a missive from King Henry I to Bishop Losinga, founder of Norwich Cathedral, just after 1100, it has had many incarnations. This latest bridge was opened in 1925.

The mill was built on the site of the old Whitefriars Priory (Carmelites).

All of which could be said to add up to a Legacy.

For details of #2019picoftheweek challenge see MariaAntonia

About crispina kemp

Spinner of Asaric and Mythic tales
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24 Responses to St James and the White Friars

  1. Looks so beautiful! As if there’s a new world in the reflections! 😃✨💓

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  2. Love the picture and the backstory. Very nice.

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  3. Love the reflections… the peek at what is on the other side of the bridge! The curve of the arch.

    (Very cool that we both chose bridges and reflections!)

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  4. Dale says:

    Gorgeous picture, Crispina.
    Love the story you wove to go with it, too.

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  5. I love the very interesting history you shared and I also love the photo and the reflection of the building in the water! Very nicely done Crispina! ❤

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  6. Jen Goldie says:

    The photo was prompting me to write a story. lol But another day. LEGACY is the perfect title. Great shot! A nice reflection of history. 🙂

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  7. Love to learn and today I have learned something new.
    As you might have guessed I’m trying to play catch-up today on some of my favorite writers. This summer has been so busy.

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