I’ve discovered that Blakeney, Cley, Wiveton and Morston were the four Glaven Ports of huge maritime importance in mediaeval times. Think Southampton of today.
Trade with The Netherlands was plied, with Dutch architecture evident in Cley. The river Glaven provided safe maritime havens until longshore drift swept sand from further east producing the saltmarshes of today.
Interestingly, the Glaven is one of less than 200 chalk rivers in the World! Even more so is the fact that another runs through our own Hertfordshire village. Spring-fed, the chalk provides perfect conditions for wildlife.
Perfect for a wild boy like me!
Steve McBrevity over 3 years ago
I used to play in an idyllic chalk stream but in Sussex - I remember acquiring a taste for watercress, catching minnows and playing poosticks with my brother. A perfect childhood looking back.
Neville Hunt over 3 years ago
Lovely memories. We play poosticks with the little-uns on the two little bridges over the Mimram in Writwell and shop regularly at the watercress farm. We’re probably clogging up one of the 200 special rivers but I think it’ll get over it.