|Scary Monster at Pentney|
It is possible this gargoyle came from one of the other buildings at Pentney during alterations to the gatehouse, or it could have come from a site nearby. It is very common to find re-used stones within buildings as cut and dressed masonry was extremely expensive to obtain, especially in Norfolk which does not have a natural resource of good building stone of its own. The cost of transporting stone over long distances could only be funded by the very wealthy for major building projects, but even then, reused stone can be found in the grandest of buildings. After the dissolution of the monasteries, many abbeys were sold to landowners who used them as very lucrative quarries. The results can be seen at places such as Castle Acre and within the cathedral close at Norwich, where the walls of many houses contain parts of the local monastic buildings.