So I hope no-one was standing underneath that.

North Creake Abbey, Norfolk. Not a very lucky place, historically speaking. While there are lots of abbeys and priories in the region that were wrecked at the time of the Dissolution, the abbey at North Creake was hit by a double whammy well before that. An extensive fire in 1484 caused so much damage that the community was only able to stay on because Richard III among others gave generously towards partial rebuilding. However, the entire community of Augustinian Canons had been wiped out by plague, by 1506.


Long before the Dissolution, which kicked off around 1536, the Creake Estate had been used to underwrite the foundation of Christ Church, Cambridge, by Lady Margaret Beaufort.

The curse goes on, in a trivial sort of way. Now I can’t get the tune to Creeque Alley – relevant only homophonically – out of my head.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow


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