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Old Boathouse, Wroxham Broad

Old Boathouse, Wroxham Broad

Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: 10354.aa.14

Item number: 6

Length: 8

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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“Old Boathouse (Wroxham Broad). – Lasting, inexpensive and convenient, this form of boathouse is to be seen everywhere in the district. A skeleton frame is first erected over a dyke or trench at the water-side. Reed walls are then formed, the reed being held in place by battens of deal about 2 in. by 1 in. The roof is then either tiled with ordinary red ware, or thatched with boulders or gladden (a variety of water plant). A pair of rough deal doors are then added, and the boathouse is finished at the cost of two or three pounds, and safe shelter provided for one’s boat for years to come.”

Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate XI from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.

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