Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Horsey Mere. – This Broad is nearer than any other to the sea, from which it is only a mile distant. Visitors should therefore take the opportunity when here of strolling across the well-stocked rabbit warren to the beach, where they can indulge in the luxury of a sea-bath, a stroll on the firm golden sands, or an 'al fresco' lunch upon the sand dunes, or, as they are locally called, ‘Marram Banks.’ These banks stretch for many miles along the coast, and are kept in repair to prevent incursions of the sea during the dreadful North-east gales which frequently visit this coast during the winter. The Mere covers about 130 acres, being about three-quarters of a mile long and having an average breadth of about 500 yards. It is reached by ascending the Old Meadow Dyke from Heigham Sound. There is no other outlet or inlet. Rudd, roach and perch are plentiful in its waters, and from its shape it gives ample scope for sailing. Within the memory of men still living the whole parish was one large fen without a single road, but the grandfather of the present Lord of the Manor (Capt. C. C. Rising) drained it and brought it to its present high state of cultivation.”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate LXVI from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.