Discovering the Norfolk Broads
Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
130Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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Yesterday 7th we drove along the coastal road to North Walsham stopping at a lovely little spot called Horsey, just beautiful to be there, so nice to see the rivers and all the boats on the river. Next village Waxham, very historic town with 3 major historic buildings , which make up the manorial complex. The church , manor house and the barn were all used to display the power of the Lord of the Manor. The Woodhouse family were a very powerful family with great wealth and status. This did not make them very nice and treated their workers very badly. The Great Barn has been restored and is a magnificent structure. It is the longest barn in Norfolk, built in the 16th century and has witnessed over 400 years of change along this wild coastline. It fell into decline during a storm in 1987 when the wind lifted the roof ( which is thatched ) and dumped it to the ground. Restoration began in the late 1990's and was completed in 2004. Today it is a tourist attraction and is also used for wedding receptions and various functions. Very interesting history
Next surprise we came across was the village of Stalham which has the very interesting Maritime Museum and relates very much to the area. Good to see and lots of hands on information. Lots of boats were moored at the marina as well, it is a very popular spot with the boaties. We met one couple who were kind enough to show us their boat, very comfortable inside. Luckily during all this time we enjoyed brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures.
So today, we left our B&B in Yarmouth, never likely to return to the district , it realy is very tacky , but good for some people, just not us. We are now in Watton, which is close to Thetford, staying in a very nice B&B on a country estate. Tomorrow we hope to drive to Sandringham and visit Liz's country estate. Hopefully the sun will keep shining.