Loading Rushes, Barton Staithe
Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Loading Rushes (Barton Staithe). – For the visitor it may be mentioned that Staithe is a Saxon word, meaning a landing-place. The Broads have a harvest of their own, just as the adjacent fields have, but in place of wheat, barley, oats, etc., reed, rushes, gladden, boulders, flags and marsh-grass are gathered in, affording the marshmen plenty of work during the late winter and early spring. In the season these men are also engaged in hay-harvest, known as ‘Haysel,’ and later, in the corn harvest; so that, as a rule, their earnings total up more than that of an ordinary farm labourer or ‘teamerman.’”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate XII from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.