Coldham Hall, On The Yare
Photographer: Jennings, Payne (1843 - 1926)
Medium: Photographic print
This is the first of 12 views published in 'Photographs of Norfolk Broads and Rivers' by Victorian photographer Payne Jennings. The letterpress descriptions below
accompany Plate XXV and Plate LXXXIX from the second edition of ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’, published by Jennings in 1892 and written by Ernest R. Suffling.
“Coldham Hall. – A favourite fishing hostelry on the River Yare, about nine miles from Norwich by water. The nearest station is Buckenham, about eight miles from the same city. This prettily-situated Inn has good accommodation at all times for visitors and experience teaches that not only can ample refreshment be obtained here but also ample sport, as many of the brethren of the rod can testify. The river is deep and broad and is noted for its large bream and roach. ‘Pegged down’ matches are sometimes held hereabouts, and at weighing-in time good takes are often recorded. Brundall is the nearest station, half-a-mile away on the North bank of the Yare.”
“...The wherry is peculiar to Norfolk waters. It is a kind of barge of great carrying capacity, frequently stowing cargo of the dead weight of from 25 to 30 tons. One huge wherry, the 'Wanderer,' has been laden with as much as 75 tons of wheat. Usually they are from 45 to 55 feet long, with a beam of from 10 to 12 feet. The mast is stepped extremely far forward, and can be lowered or raised at any time by means of a chain and winch. From the heel of the mast to within ten feet of the stern is her enormous hold, and aft of the hold the little cabin in which the two men live, cook, sleep, &c. They only draw from 2 ft. 9 to 3 ft. 6 of water, and it is claimed for them that in skillful hands they will sail nearer the wind than any other vessel under the sun. They carry only one huge tanned sail; but in light winds supplement this by hoisting the sail as high as possible, and lacing a 'bonnet' along the foot, which gives them an extra four feet of height to their sail, and a proportionately greater rate of speed.”