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Dredging The Broads


Andrewcook

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Absolutely no doubt there's some goodies hidden just below the surface along them river banks. Could you imagine them dredging the rivers in 500 years time. All they'd find would be a load of old asda trollies and them bright coloured scooters that are for hire everywhere.

 

 

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All along the front of Thorpe Island which faces the river green, is higher ground, as that was where they deposited the dredgings from before they built the railway and so when the reach through Thorpe was still the main river.  All that ground is rich in old artefacts, especially beer bottles and broken china, some of it genuine willow pattern.  A large collection of it used to be displayed in The Buck, in the days when Wally Moore had the pub.

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On our first trip we returned to our home yard midweek (Hunter's Yard in Ludham) and as we were coming in to the quay heading at the entrance to the yard Harry managed to knock his Dad's glasses into the drink. The yard lent Graham a rake thingy that was backed with mesh. He dredged up copious amounts of mussel shells and someone else's glasses - unfortunately not his. Fortunately, he found his own glasses later.

So, if you are wondering why Graham wears a strap around his head to secure his glasses - that's why!

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11 minutes ago, CeePee1952 said:

I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned chucking a magnet in to find stuff, or is it banned on the Broads?

Chris

I've seen quite a few magnet fishing on the broads, can't see any reason it would be banned as it takes junk out of the rivers as long as people don't just chuck it back afterwards.

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Probably little that old that Andrew suggested!! Don't forget that the Broads themselves were not dug until much later and whilst the rivers may have been there in some form or other, unlikely ,as the course of the rivers will have changed a lot as the years have gone by. It would have looked a bit different I suspect in Roman times!!!!!

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