Potter Heigham Bridge
Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Potter Heigham Bridge. – This heavy, low-arched, inconvenient bridge has its counterparts at Acle, Wroxham and Ludham. The side arches are perfectly useless for purposes of navigation, but serve in flood-time to carry off the surplus water quicker than the centre arch could carry it alone. All yachts have to pay homage to these bridges by lowering their masts, which are made to work on a pivot; heavy weights upon the heel of the masts to balance them. Some of the wherry masts are loaded with as much as 1 ¼ tons of lead. The crown of the arch in Ludham Bridge is so low that at flood-time wherries and large yachts cannot pass under it. It may be noted with thankfulness by yachtsmen that it is proposed to remove this bridge and build a higher one. When this becomes an accomplished fact the other old bridges will be doubtless ‘served with the same sauce.’”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate LV from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.