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  1. MT is right. The spaces nearest the river on Bastwick Staithe - often referred to as Repps Staithe - were designated as car parking spaces by the BA, who erected black bollards and signage to the effect that parking is limited to two hours only. In fact, the BA has since refused to maintain the plot of land which is now in a car damaging condition. I am reasonably confident in stating that this piece of land is registered common land. The spaces furthest from the river are located on land that was always in the same ownership as the land on which the Bridge pub stood before it burnt do
  2. I'm afraid, like many of our riverside properties, the appearance of many has changed dramatically. The bungalow you are trying to find was significantly extended at its upriver elevation. Previously the 'facilities' were in a shed beside the property. At one time, 'Arden' was the home of the local water bailiff, Tom Cable.
  3. "Arden" still exists as a River Thurne bungalow, although it is no longer let as a holiday bungalow. It is located on the Martham riverbank above Potter Bridge. However, as happens from time, and regrettably, this particular bungalow had a name change some years ago. If you care to take a look at the River Thurne Tenants Association website, www.rtta.me.uk, you will find four pages of maps showing the location of the two hundred and twenty odd bungalows that still exist on the flood bank - the 'rhond', 'rond' or 'rand' - of the River Thurne. In the past thirty years, two bungalows ha
  4. Speechless for all sorts of reasons, which it would be impolite to broadcast!
  5. Charles, I am currently quarantined, but at a guess, looking out of the window at the moment, I'm guessing the height gauge at Potter Bridge will be reading somewhere between 5' 0" and 5' 4". If you need a real-time reading, it would best to ring the pilots on 01692 670460 Hope this helps
  6. That's very kind of you, MM, to ask. We're absolutely fine here above that bridge. Yes, river levels are high, but they've been higher. Yes, our Thurne riverside bungalow plot does flood (every year now) - maybe an inch or two of water over the lawns, but the bungalow itself will never flood as a result of the river because I have lifted the bungalow so that it is now more than a foot (300) above the highest possible fluvial flood level. Ironically, at these recent levels, the river water overtops the flood defences in several places, runs down to the soke dykes from whence the variou
  7. Springs and Neaps have little recordable effect at Potter. Today's High was approximately 5' 7" and this will drop the normal four inches at this evening's Low. Any effect of a Full moon usually impacts tides at Potter a couple of days later.
  8. Thank you ECIPA. An excellent summary of the situation at these moorings. Problems at our mooring plots are always related to perception of reality. In this instance when the gentleman concerned raised his point, he probably did so because he perceived that you appeared to him to be taking more time than he considered necessary to moor the boat. As ECIPA states, he co-owns the plots and he shares the not inconsiderable costs of keeping them neatly and safely maintained and fully insured. His benefit in return? None. Then you come to the perception of what may be a novice boat h
  9. Mick's boat hire business had two former locations, each on the banks of the River Thurne - one upriver from the bridge and the other downriver.
  10. In fact the Cooke's Staithe postcard dates from between 1910 and 1930. The "A Richardson & Son"on the signage used to own John Williams' yard, but is not related to the current Richardsons of Stalham - nor the Richardsons of Potter Heigham.
  11. Hi Vaughan This postcard of Stalham (Cooke's Staithe) shows the shed in the background with its roof-lights and sliding doors. The shed belonged to the late John Williams
  12. May I suggest this photograph suggests to me John Williams' yard just before Stalham Staithe. I think the two small boatsheds may have gone now. Just a hunch and probably wrong. The memory is not as reliable as once it was.
  13. Despite what the BA website says, may I suggest anyone wishing to pass Potter Bridge after 5 in the afternoon may want to phone ahead to make sure that the pilot is still on duty.
  14. Be careful about making any judgements. Please have in mind that boats spotted may well be making essential journeys. The BA Ranger, far from trying to catch miscreants, was, in fact, escorting Broads Authority lighters and assorted workboats travelling downstream from Heigham Sound. Those 'private boats' travelling the Thurne in the vicinity of Potter Bridge are most probably transporting food, medication or essential supplies to occupiers of riverside properties - bungalows for which there is no road access. In the past several weeks not a single boat has passed our riversid
  15. 12.30 pm and it is Low Water at Potter Bridge and the gauge is reading 5' 9". The river is still ebbing, but, unless the tide is late, within the next half hour or so I would expect to see the gauge reading 5' 6" At HW it will probably be reading 5' 5" - two inches lower than at HW yesterday.
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