Thornham Harbour

Once an active small harbour, Thornham Harbour, North Norfolk, has become a mooring at the end of a muddy creek.  From the harbour to the sea is a 20 minute walk across salt marshes at low tide, although with spring tides, there is extensive flooding.  In addition to its legitimate trading purposes, in the eighteenth century the harbour became notorious for its smuggling activities  –  wool, tea, tobacco, alcohol etc.



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Filed under landscape, photography, Sea, Shore, Uncategorized, Water

6 responses to “Thornham Harbour

  1. Amazing shoot. love colour collection and views. love your blog post

  2. It looks like a fascinating place, with all the boats stranded up along the creek during low tide. The processing of the first photo brings out the beauty of the landscape and the moored boats.

    • It is a fascinating place but it can also be very dangerous: the tide can come in very rapidly. I added a touch of watercolour filter during the processing to enhance the painterly effect.

  3. I always enjoy your boat photos. I love the first photo. It’s funny to me that the look is similar to places we have that are called sloughs. We’re not near the ocean at all, but the huge Puget Sound is tidal, and inland from that, many river systems are tidal, with slow-moving sloughs and marshes like this.

    • There are numerous saltmarshes along the north coast of Norfolk where the terrain is so flat. It provides a paradise for birds and wildlife. The wide tidal variations leave many small boats stranded for long periods. In past times the sandbanks were a serious hazard to shipping.

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