The Great Estuary – then and now

Where Great Yarmouth now stands, was once a sandbank!  Where traffic speeds to and fro along the Acle Straight and trains traverse the grazing marshes, there was open water.   Halvergate was a port!  Reedham,  Wickhampton,   Tunstall,   Acle,   Stokesby and Herringby were all seaside places and Broadland’s rivers flowed into a Great Estuary which was open to the sea.GreatE

Over the years, changes in sea level, silting of rivers, embanking and draining have created a landscape of Water, Mills and Marshes.   And all that is left of that Great Estuary are the inter-tidal mudflats of Breydon Water!

Iconic red brick towers of  Broadland’s wind pumps (The Mills) mark out a line where  flood banks separate Water and Marsh.  The outer edge of the Marsh is marked by another line of towers.  Towers that belong to heritage churches built on rising  ground.

Church distribution around the Great Estuary (in Green)