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The Broads’ landscape influenced its history. Breydon Water near Great Yarmouth is the remains of a large river mouth. This estuary was vitally important to the area for trade as were the rivers. But it was also open to attack. First came the Romans who built Burgh Castle Fort and filled it with soldiers on horseback to see off attacks from the local Saxon people.


Water, Mills and Marshes will be supporting people recovering from substance and alcohol misuse to develop creative skills and describe Burgh Castle Fort for us all in new ways with words, pictures and sound.

Viking raiders followed. Even more recently, during the First World War Great Yarmouth was the first target in the UK of the massive German airships known as Zeppelins.


Victorian engineering skills were used to build the New Cut, a dead straight water channel. As well as providing a more direct link from the port of Lowestoft to Norwich, this bypassed the port of Great Yarmouth where organised theft of cargo was common.

Over the centuries, the industrious landscape of the Broads has transformed to become a place of recreation for over eight million visitors every year. Fishing, sailing and wildlife watching holidays are all supporting local businesses providing for these visitors.

You will also be invited to contribute your local knowledge to form part of “The Halvergate Drama”, a play, which will tour all over East Anglia.


Water, Mills and Marshes will help us all share and learn the history of those, past and present, who live and work in the stunning Broads’ landscape.