Pulls Ferry

Pulls Ferry

Pulls ferry, captured on a fine Wednesday afternoon in the glorious sunshine of June. I have planned to capture this for some time now but never got round to it. The building stands out on the river as it is very unique compared to any others. If you have never seen it before it is worth a visit and there is a nice walk alongside the river leading up to Cow Tower.

Pulls Ferry is located on the River Wensum and is one of the most famous landmarks in Norwich, Norfolk. It is a flint building and was once a 15th-century watergate. It was the route for the stone used to build Norwich Cathedral. The stone came from France up the rivers Yare and Wensum. A canal, specifically built by the monks, used to run under the arch, where the Normans ferried the stone and building materials to be unloaded on the spot.

The building is named after John Pull, who ran the ferry across the Wensum from 1796 to 1841. It was previously known as Sandling’s, after a seventeenth-century predecessor. The ferry operated until 1943.

The ferry house adjoining the watergate was built in 1647. Both house and archway were restored in 1948-9 by Cecil Upcher.

Pull’s Ferry is a medieval watergate along the riverside walk, south of Bishopgate. The flinty building with its broad stone archway became the Watergate for craft carrying stone for the building of the Cathedral from the quarries near Caen on the last stage of the long journey along a canal, which joined the river.