Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Hickling Staithe. – This represents really ‘The Pleasure Boats Inn,’ kept by host Beales, who has numerous sailing and rowing boats at his disposal for letting to visitors. Finding the number of persons anxious to secure his rooms increasing rapidly, he has had additions made to the house, which is now double the size of that shewn in the photograph. As there is no other inn adjoining the Broad, he has virtually a monopoly of the visitors, but they are quite safe in his hands, for he treats them very fairly. The nearest station is Catfield, about two miles distant. The village, a very large and straggling one, is three-quarters of a mile away. The church lies still farther off, probably 1 ¼ miles. Visitors need not look for the ruins of Hickling Priory, for they are so meagre as not to be worth the walk of two miles each way to visit them.”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate XLIV from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.