Yesterday I said that I would like to visit Sunk Island properly and this morning that is what we did.
This old wrought iron gate stands about 200 yards west of the church in Sunk Island. I thought at first that it was erected to protect someone falling into the dyke by accident but I have since read that it was put there over a century ago by Charles Lambert exclusively for his use to provide a more direct walking route to the church from his farm avoiding the road. The path has gone, the bridge over the dyke beside the gate has gone and the hedge either side of it has gone too so the gate now stands strangely alone.
Sunk Island itself is also isolated, leads nowhere and has more to it than meets the eye, but is far from purposeless.
The view from the gate reveals the old school building with its bell tower and the spire of the church beyond.
The church itself was built about the same time and we would have loved to have looked inside (particularly as, although now unconsecrated, apparently is a heritage centre) but the door was barred with a notice on a blackboard advertising a Christmas fair.
As mentioned yesterday, Sunk Island is reclaimed land and is Crown territory. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took a great interest in it and had the royal architect build cottages for the workers. Many of them have plaques and others that we found are shown here:
We drove to Stone Creek along a narrow road and this is what we found at the end:
From one interesting find to another – the Humber Bridge! Amazingly long and amazingly cheap to cross – just £1.50.
Here are some photos:
Having reached the other side, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves in Lincolnshire and took a few more pics before we reached our home for the next few days – Bramley House once again!
Another great day exploring this brilliant and diverse country of ours.
That looks like a bit of a rickety pier or bridge or whatever it is! I hope you weren’t expecting to cross? I love the different plaques on the cottages.
We really enjoyed Lincolnshire too. I’m going for the green tractor being a John Deere. I love the contrast between the small boats in the foreground and the enormous tanker in the distance – it definitely looks like a painting. Perhaps it might become one?
It does seem strange that the gate has just been left there! The photos of Sunk Island are great.
June worsnop said:
You should have tried the cafe in sunk island garden centre well worth a visit . Recommend coming back to the Christmas fair it’s really lovely.
Thanks for the recommendation!