Fritton Lake 11
Photographer: Jennings, Payne (1843 - 1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Fritton Lake. – Known as the most beautiful of the Broads. It is land-locked, and can only be reached by road. The nearest station is St. Olaves, from which it is a pretty walk of 20 minutes to Fritton Hall, at which boats and refreshment may be obtained. The lake is very large, being with ‘mill-waters’ nearly three miles in length. It is shut in nearly all round by trees, many of them very old, which throw their gnarled roots in fantastic shapes into the water, looking like huge hydras in the dim light caused by the shadows falling from the overhanging branches, which hang in places quite into the water.”
“Fishing on Fritton Decoy. – A stretch of three miles of beautifully enclosed water gives ample scope for the fisherman to enjoy his hobby, and it is not infrequent that one reads of extremely large takes of fish being captured here. The water in some parts is very deep, probably 16 or 18 feet; while other spots give a typical locality for perch, viz.: - 6 or 7 feet of water with a gravely hard bottom free from weeds. Mr. Leathes, in his interesting little book, ‘Rough Notes on Natural History,’ mentions some large pike which have been taken here, so large that from memory I dare not even hint at their poundage. Eels are in some places rather numerous, and trouble anglers somewhat; but many will agree with me that a nice dish of eels, properly cooked in Norfolk style, is a thing not to be despised.”
This is the eleventh of 12 views published in 'Photographs of Norfolk Broads and Rivers' by Victorian photographer Payne Jennings. The letterpress descriptions above accompany Plate LXXV and Plate VII from the second edition of ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’, published by Jennings in 1892 and written by Ernest R. Suffling.