TG4420 : Heigham Holmes

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from Potter Heigham, Norfolk, Great Britain

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Heigham Holmes
Heigham Holmes
This cluster of buildings, marked as "Higham Holmes" on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map for Norfolk dating from the late 1880s was constructed over many decades and is grouped around a marshman's house (long since been demolished) and a detached barn (later extended) marked on the 1840 tithe map. The large shed seen at left was constructed between 1950 and 1957 and the building at right would seem to date from the same time. Nestled in the centre is the original L-shaped barn dating from the 19th century.
Heigham Holmes
Heigham Holmes is an isolated and little known area of marshland in the civil parish of Potter Heigham in North Norfolk. The area extends over about 500 acres and is bounded by the River Thurne in the south, Candle Dyke and Heigham Sound in the west, Meadow Dyke in the north and Eelfleet Wall in the east. Until well into the 19th century, the incumbent Lord Bishop of Norwich owned almost all of it, leasing parcels of land to tenants for an annual fee of 5.

Today Heigham Holmes is a nature reserve managed by the National Trust, who acquired it in 1987 and over the years restored it back to grassland by reinstating the old water levels and creating new dykes, pools and foot drains. It is described as a unique and internationally important wetland, comprising reed-fringed flood banks and open water, grazing marshes, scrub and wet woodland, interspersed by numerous dykes and pools characteristic of the Norfolk Broads landscape. Heigham Holmes is open to the public for only one day every year, with the only access being a floating, automated steel-decked bridge over the River Thurne, known as Martham Ferry > LinkExternal link.

Rumour has it that during the Second World War part of Heigham Holmes was used by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) as a secret landing ground. No evidence has to date been found to substantiate this speculation.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 3 August, 2015
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 4419 2044 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:43.5861N 1:36.8948E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 4423 2038
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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