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Wildfowling, Marshmen and Inland Waterways

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The marshes must have seemed very inhospitable to strangers a few hundred years ago, but a living was to be from them by those who knew how.  The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are a unique man-made environment, created by peat-digging. Eel-catching, wildfowling and basket making furnished livelihoods until recent changes have seen the Broads become a National Park which is an important tourist destination.

The Broads and the large expanse of Breydon water where three rivers; the Yare, Bure and Waveney meet were the inspiration for a number of naturalists and artists such as Arthur Patterson, Ted Ellis and Emerson.

Specialist craft such as wildfowling gun punts and cargo wherries operated on the inland waterways and some restored vessels now offer trips aboard.

Drainage of the Fens and Marshes has been a constant battle as people have tried to maintain reclaimed land. Specialist drainage and reed-cutting tools were developed and used by marshmen.

Inland, a number of inland waterways were made navigable by artificial cuts from the 17th century onwards, which were used by commercial traffic.

Comments

Posted:2009 11 21 11:22:36 GMT
this is all very well but i need 2 know what they do, for a project, for homework
lydia england
Posted:2009 11 23 10:52:02 GMT
Dear Lydia, To find out more about the Broads and the marshes, I would suggest contacting or visiting the Museum of the Broads at Stalham as they have a wealth of knowledge and artefacts on the subject. Their phone number is 01692 581681 or email : info@museumofthebroads.co.uk Best Wishes
Johanna O'Donoghue Great Yarmouth Museums

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