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A little mystery

Okay, last picture from my field trip. This is from an ancient building next door to the church. It’s converted to offices now, and this giant wheel is over the receptionist’s desk.

I leave you to guess what the building was for (I’ll update the post with an answer later).

Good weekend, all!

And the answer is: abbatoir. It was a Tudor abbatoir. They would’ve hoiked cows into the air by that thing and, I guess, cut their throats over the spot where her desk is. She informed me cheerfully.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 10, 2019, 10:14 pm

Looks like a pulley attachment to ring large bells as would be housed in a church bell tower or belfry… here’s an example from the belfry of St Medard & St Gildard’s, in Little Bytham in Lincolnshire, England (13th century). Note the “rope channel” is clearly visible from the top:

Comment from Janna
Time: May 10, 2019, 10:47 pm

I think if I was the receptionist…I’d scootch my desk over that-a-way just a bit.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 10, 2019, 11:06 pm

Ask not on whom the bell pulley falls…

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 11, 2019, 12:16 am

Ah yes, that is a cheese making wheel for making wheels of cheese and allowing them to air dry.
That looks like a Wensleydale, yes grommet, definitely Wensleydale.

Wooden saw blade worn down to a frazzle?
(Tough to keep wooden saw teeth sharp you see)

Buddhist prayer wheel?

Comment from catnip
Time: May 11, 2019, 5:17 am

Could it be a pulley system for delivering goods from the back of an establishment to a customer at the front?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 11, 2019, 6:49 pm

So, do you suppose that pulley wheel is…knackered?

It’s an office now, so I guess that means the building isn’t a…shambles (not any longer at least).


Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Isn’t English a marvelous language?

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 13, 2019, 5:32 pm

So did Uncle Al win The Pool?

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 13, 2019, 7:19 pm

Alas, Doris Day is no more!

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 13, 2019, 8:32 pm

Sentimental Journey


Adieu Doris.

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