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‘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
It is a strange feeling to stand at the water’s edge at Holme-next-the-Sea and, as the waves break gently on the beach,try to imagine the scene 4000 years ago. This is the beach where a Bronze Age community created a sacred edifice we refer to as Seahenge.
What were these people like? What was their life lije? What were their beliefs?
What further mysteries lie hidden beneath the waves?
What conclusions might distant future generations form about life in Norfolk in 2018?
Just over the brow of this path lies the extensive beach of Holme-next-the-Sea where. in 1998. freak weather conditions exposed a seahenge (a circle of wooden posts enclosing an upturned tree root) constructed, experts say, in 2049BC. Not surprisingly it has been removed for preservation purposes
See also https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/preserved-tree-stunps/