Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Hickling Broad. – If we invest Fritton Decoy with the title of ‘Queen of the Broads’ for its beauty, we must allow Hickling to be ‘King of the Broads’ from its great extent. It is by far the largest of the Broads, having a length of 2,770 yards, a greatest breadth of 1,380, and an average width of 525 yards. For yachts not drawing more than three feet of water it is the Broad par excellence for sailing; for larger yachts the deep water of Wroxham cannot be surpassed. Hickling’s praise cannot be sung too loudly by the angler; for takes of fish, extraordinary in number and weight, have been recorded during the past few years. Personal experience has taught me that this Broad contains some noble fish, but like every other sheet of water, has its days. Capital sport may be enjoyed one day, while at the same spot the morrow may be nearly a blank. Still the fish are there, though they sometimes decline the allurement of the succulent worm or tasty gentle.”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate LXVIII from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.