Burnham Overy Mill, Norfolk
I always wonder if we have really made any progress. Once upon a time our industrial architecture was both practical and attractive, embraced wherever practical new materials and technology and in may cases included ‘social’ consideration for its workforce. There was style, a style that has endured the passing of time.
Burnham Overy Mill was first constructed in 1790…simple red brick, pantile roof and wooden loft. It was powered by water being built over the River Burn which was diverted to form a powerful water source over which it straddled.
Not sure todays places of work will be as memorable or able to stand the passing of time. On our local industrial estate 20 years seem to be the maximum life span of the tin can buildings before they are demolished and another tin can built.
(C) David Oakes 2017