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Cley windmill - the shooting party 1888 by cleywindmill

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This 1888 photo at Cley windmill shows an early party of ornithologists, armed not with binoculars and cameras, but with guns.

Their quarry included plover, gulls, drakes and all manner of wading birds and wildfowl and could be quite lucrative. In the market at Wells golden plover fetched fourpence and the green variety threepence. Rarer species shot included blue throats and godwits in bridal plumage.

In those pre-conservation days the downing of anything unusual or particularly well-marked would certainly result in a visit to the taxidermist to provide another trophy for the Victoria sideboard. Harry Pashley, whose fame as a taxidermist spread far beyond this area, set up his shop in Cley in the later years of the 19th Century. His customers would have included the likes of the boat loaded picture here.
All income from this site go directly to upkeep of the fabric of this iconic building.

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