Pin Mill in Suffolk is a hamlet on the south bank of the tidal River Orwell, located on the outskirts of the village of Chelmondiston on the Shotley peninsula, south Suffolk. It lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a designated Conservation Area. Pin Mill is now generally known for the historic Butt & Oyster public house and for sailing.
The origins of the ‘Pin’ in Pin Mill are uncertain, but may be derived from ‘pynd’ (meaning pen or pond), the production of round wooden pins for ships, or attributed to a mill owner by the name of Pynne.
Pin Mill was once a busy landing point for ship-borne cargo, a centre for the repair of Thames sailing barges and home to many small industries such as sail making, a maltings (now a workshop) and a brickyard. The east coast has a long history of smuggling, in which Pin Mill and the Butt and Oyster pub allegedly played key parts.
During World War II Pin Mill was home to Royal Navy Motor Launches and to a degaussing vessel created from a herring drifter. Pin Mill and Woolverstone were home ports to many Landing Craft Tanks used in the invasion of Normandy in 1944.
Approximately 25 houseboats are occupied year round along the foreshore to the east of the Butt and Oyster pub, an alternative lifestyle which lends a bohemian charm to the settlement. Since 2004 Babergh has been working with the houseboat owners, Chelmondiston Parish Council and other groups to grant planning permission for the houseboats and remove wrecked boats. There have also been recent improvements in the sailing infrastructure, and responsibility for the Hard at Pin Mill has been handed over to a new ‘community interest’ company.
Pin Mill has often been the subject of painting and photography, and is a popular yacht and dinghy sailing destination. During WWII many yachts were placed for storage west of the hamlet in what were then called ‘the saltings,’ awaiting the cessation of hostilities. The moorings in the river were home to the Royal Harwich One Design Class boats for many years in the 1940s.
A feature film about sailing, “Ha’penny Breeze,” was filmed here in 1950, featuring the Welsh actress Gwyneth Vaughan. There is a boatyard, and the Pin Mill Sailing Club has hosted an annual Barge Match since 1962.
The Grindle is a small stream that flows alongside Pin Mill Common down to the Pin Mill Hard on the foreshore. It is used by dinghies to ferry sailors ashore.
The Butt and Oyster is a traditional 17th century public house that serves real ale. It is a listed building with bay windows in the bar and restaurant that offer panoramic views of the Orwell estuary.
Pin Mill lies along the Stour and Orwell walk. There many signposted walks in the immediate area, including through the Cliff Plantation forest owned by the National Trust. Pin Mill can be reached at the end of a lane half a mile from the centre of Chelmondiston, which is serviced by the B1456 Ipswich-Shotley road. There is a public car park near the foreshore, and also limited customer parking in the Butt and Oyster pub.
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Pin Mill Suffolk Gallery…
Photographing the Beauty of Felixstowe
We were recently commissioned to provide development photography of what the view from a new building project will look like.
Pavilion Court is the name of a new development on Hamilton Road in Felixstowe by McCarthy & Stone. 46 high quality retirement living apartments are being built to include spectacular views of Felixstowe – including the beach, the docks and as distant as Martlesham to the west.
Our job was to reflect these remarkable views for inclusion in sales literature etc, which at the same time gave us a reminder of just how good the town of Felixstowe can look.
For further information on the development visit the McCarthy & Stone website
Ipswich Churches At Night
It’s 10pm on a Saturday night. I’m driving around Ipswich. And then I notice the illuminated spire of St Mary-le-Tower in the distance, ascending into the night sky, a beacon for all around to see.
The strange thing about churches is that we so often pass them on our daily rounds, miss their architecture on the stressful commute to school, work, home, constantly avoiding their hollow stained glass eyes watching us. Yet they are there, constant, remaining ageless, historic little pieces of British history that, although decaying, are still remnants of a Britain gone by which we all may forget from time to time. What’s more interesting is that nestled under these columns of stone other buildings have swarmed around them; offices, restaurants, nightclubs, almost always ignoring their pious neighbours.
So, out came the camera in the hope to record these edifices of time in a nighttime setting where so often these churches seem out of place, forgotten, and left in the dark whilst the lights of the city switch on.
It was a challenge. I expected floodlights drifting up the stone, lighting up the brickwork and giving me that perfect shot, but as with most photography it wasn’t that easy. Many of our churches in Ipswich are either converted or declared unsafe due to fire or neglect. To shoot them I had to rely on a wide Sigma lens, and the light of the city at a slow shutter speed. A filter guarded the shots from too much ambient light, though the cloudy sky threw a lot of light back at the lens. I decided to shoot low, not only to get the buildings in but also to create the towering feeling you have whilst standing underneath them.
All in all a good night’s work, and I even have an art editor interested in the shots for an upcoming branding project on churches set in the style of nightclubs. So remember, next time you’re out at night in the city lift up your eyes and have a look around you. Who knows what you may stumble across?
World’s Largest Container Ship at Felixstowe
At nearly the length of four football fields laid end to end, the MSC Oscar has a draft of 16 metres.
She arrived to a decent crowd of onlookers just before 11am on the 9th March to grace the docks of Felixstowe for the first time.
She’s a big girl…
|Length:||395.4 m (1,297 ft)|
|Beam:||59 m (194 ft)|
A World War One Trench and a Camera
When I first saw the 2014 Sainsburys Christmas advert I have to say I shed a tear.
I was not hugely fussed that it was for a Supermarket or that it was not 100% accurate – the photography and the sentiment were beautiful. For whatever the reasons behind the advert, a whole generation are reminded of the events of 1914 and, with luck, a whole new generation will research the First World War and find out for themselves what it is our Great-Grandfathers went through in the four years of the conflict.
As I researched the advert further – I was shocked. It was filmed about a mile from where I live. I had to see them for real…
Imparting a small percentage of his vast knowledge on the subject, Suffolk military historian Taff Gillingham – who operates the trenched – revealed fascinating fact after fascinating fact. That advert was a lot more accurate than I had first imagined.
As I stood in one of the trenches on a reasonably mild if windy day, I couldn’t help but notice how my feet began to get cold and my ears were going numb. And I had only been there 30 minutes.
These trenches are not open to the public – but Taff has just been given planning permission to build an entire World War One visitors centre in Bury St Edmunds.
Watch this space.
We took the opportunity to involve our aerial photography kit – you can see the results here.
Enjoy a glimpse of the trenches…
Aerial Photography & Video in Suffolk
Imajim Photography has again expanded – upwards!
As of December 2014 Sky Cam East takes to the air – quite literally.
Making use of small UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – we can now provide imagery in a whole new dimension. Using high definition stabilised cameras our drones can reach the places that were, until recently, inaccessible.
There was a time when aerial photography was at the behest of the helicopter or small aircraft operators. This often resulted in high charges and limited access. Through the implementation of technology the costs of aerial photography has been dramatically reduced.
Please visit our sister website at www.skycameast.co.uk to see for yourself how aerial photography has a big impact of imagery of all kinds.
The Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum – A History Lesson
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
With great delight I was happy to recently supply photography services to a wonderful publication called Pretty Nostalgic. Especially when I found out the assignment. We were to visit the Martlesham Heath Air Tower Museum and find out all we could about the legendary ace Douglas Bader.
We were greeted by a number of elderly enthusiasts of the museum – all fascinating characters in themselves – who proudly imparted knowledge of the incredible artefacts on display. It is not until you see a Spitfire’s ‘FIRE’ button up close that you appreciate what it did. It protected our way of life, it fought against all the odds and it was pushed by the bravest young men of many a generation. It also killed. This is a fact all too apparent with those who lovingly care for the museum.
This is not a celebration, this is a reminder. And a brutal one.
If you are able to visit the museum please do. If you wish to know more read the brilliant article produced by Pretty Nostalgic – and you will see why this magazine has a growing appeal.
As I left I worried. Those who maintain the museum at the moment have a vested interest. They were there, they saw what happened, they lived through it. Time will one day allow these folk a richly deserved rest.
Who will keep our history alive when it does?
Go West – Life is peaceful there…
That’s how the Village People refer to the West but I doubt they had Wales in mind.
As an East Anglian it is a struggle to find anywhere that matches what I live in everyday and take for granted. In Wales you have that match, plus you have mountains. It is surprising how much you stare at hills when you are not used them.
Locations for these shots included Brecon, Powys, Abergavenny, Rest Bay (Porthcawl) and Ogmore By Sea. The one big thing we do not have along our coast is a setting sun over the sea. Yes we have dawn, but not dusk.
So I made hay with the Golden Hour…
BBC Suffolk Breakfast
The faces behind the voices – that wake Suffolk up…
How often do you listen to the radio and in your mind conjure up an image of what the presenter looks like?
Quite often we are way off so it fell to us to put that right – at least where BBC Radio Suffolk and their breakfast team are concerned. Regularly attracting an audience approaching 100,000, the Breakfast Show itself is a combination of local and national news, sport, travel, Suffolk in depth, chat and fun.
Impossible to capture that in a few photos but a chance to show the human side of the often faceless radio people that get us out of bed and off to work…
Etholle George – Presenter
Cleah Hetherington – Producer
Kelly McCormack – News
Sarah Lilley – Travel
Isaac Chenery – Broadcast Assistant
Listen live here