Voyage of the Bolero 2 : At Langley Dyke

It was good to be in the calm of Langley Dyke after the blow and wet or the trip from Loddon.  The moorings are sheltered behind a stand of trees full of raucous rooks and give a view  across marsh land.

As we arrived guardian rooks were noisily chasing off a marsh harrier: a sufficient reminder that that this is Crow Country !  Mark Cocker’s home is in the neighbouring Claxton.

The Wherryman’s Way path follows the bank of the Dyke before turning west past the ruins of Langley Abbey , today a wedding venue but from 1195 to the Reformation was the home of Premonstratensian Canons who served the local parishes.  The Ranworth Antiphoner  , on display at St. Helen’s, Ranworth was produced at Langley.

One of my favourite pictures from the Ranworth Antiphoner is of Jonah!  I think of it as illustrating the dangers of Pike Fishing on the Broads!

 

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