‘Staithe’ is an Old English word for wharf – a quay used for the loading and unloading of cargo. Initially Brancaster was a busy fishing harbour specialising in shellfish, but in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries it became noted particularly for in the shipping of coal, grain and malt (it was reputed to have the largest malthouse in Europe). With the demise of sailing vessels and the development of other forms of transport, Brancaster fell into decline. There is now only a small fishing fraternity and the harbour is devoted primarily to a large number of pleasure craft
4 responses to “Brancaster Staithe”
Splendid images, Louis! The colors are outstanding.
Thanks Sue. The light on the Norfolk coast is very helpful!
This is what happens in so many places. More and more pleasure boats, fewer and fewer working boats. They’re a treasure at this point, don’t you think?
A small fishing harbour is invariably a place of interest.