Norfolk Broads boat sheds and boat houses

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Boat shed sign seen at Stalham

Sign spotted at a Stalham boatyard

Impressive thatched boat house at Hickling More boat sheds at Hickling Boat shed at Whispering Reeds boatyard, Hickling

Boat sheds at Hickling, including the Whispering Reeds boatyard

Following Chris P’s Rowing for Pleasure post, by coincidence I have also been making a little study of Broadland’s boat sheds and boat houses. They seem to me to have almost as much character as the people of the area and, when open, their doorways often offer coy glimpses of something wonderful inside.

Most of my Norfolk Broads shed photos from the past week were snapped under a typical leaden East Coast sky – but I hope they’re entertaining nevertheless.

Boat shed on the Thurne with geese Boat shed on the Thurne with geese Boat shed on the Thurne

Boat sheds and boat houses on the River Thurne

Boat shed on the Thurne Boat shed on the Thurne Boat shed on the Thurne

Still more boat sheds and boat houses on the Thurne

Boat shed on the Thurne Boat shed on the Thurne

Two further boat houses on the Thurne

Boat house at Irstead on the River Ant

An impressive home and boathouse at Irstead on the River Ant

Finally, I thought I should add a few more photos of some unusual features that can be seen from Broadland’s rivers. One of the themes of the Broads is the circular structure – many local churches have them, there are many round windmills and they are reflected in at least some other structures.

\'Dutch Tutch\' house on the Thurne Summer house on the Thurne How Hill Estate Windmill, from the River Ant

‘Dutch Tutch’ house on the Thurne, a summer house on the Thurne, and a typical Broadland windmill

Finally, here’s a real landmark of a shed sited by the river on the way to Hickling. It’s used by eel fishermen working with nets, and is equipped with a large illuminated sign used to warn shipping when the nets are set.

Eel-netter\'s shed near Hickling

Eel-netter’s shed, near Hickling Broad

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A splendid shed at Rowing for Pleasure

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Just back from a few exhausting days piloting a sailing cruiser with my increasingly teen-aged children on the Norfolk Broads, I see that Chris Partridge has put up a photo of a splendid boat shed. Be sure I will chip in with several more characterful boat sheds and boat houses over the next few days…

The grandest boatsheds we’ve yet seen?

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Chris Partridge of the weblog Rowing for Pleasure has pointed out the astonishing projects below. See them, and gasp:

University College Oxford boathouse

and

Lea Rowing Club boathouse