At our meeting in January 2020 we had a talk about some of the history of our village staithes. A staithe is an old English word for a landing place where passengers can embark or disembark, cargoes be unloaded and boats can be moored. There are currently four public staithes across our three villages:
Gay’s Staithe, Irstead
Barton Turf Staithe
but since our research we know there were at least five further staithes attached to estates or farms during the 19th century and possibly before. As part of the Broads Hidden Heritage Project more research into the history of all the villages’ staithes is taking place. Do contact us if you are interested in our further research.