TG4420 : Heigham Holmes (document)

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from West Somerton, Norfolk, Great Britain

Heigham Holmes (document)
Heigham Holmes (document)
A legal agreement between William Savory and Robert Cory 9 April 1792. William Savory was John Savory's oldest son and heir and he continued the family's tradition to lease large parcels of the Lord Bishop of Norwich's land on Heigham Holmes > LinkExternal link in the parish of Potter Heigham, which he in turn sub-leased to others. The lessee, Robert Cory, was a solicitor from Great Yarmouth who bought and sold properties. One of the witnesses to this transaction was Robert Cory junior > LinkExternal link - an architect who in 1829 had built a suspension bridge over the River Bure near the ferry crossing in Great Yarmouth. Five years after his death, the bridge collapsed when a large crowd had gathered on it to see a clown in a barrel pulled by swans float under the bridge. 79 people died in the tragedy, 59 of whom were children aged between 5 and 13. Few could afford a proper burial and were buried in two mass graves. A memorial inscribed with all the victims' names was erected near the spot.
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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