Out to Sea: Wells Harbour

Aside from being a popular seaside town tourist destination, Wells-Next-The-Sea in North Norfolk, England is also a sea port and safe haven for ships and boats and has been so for at least the last 600 years.

I have been going to Wells-Next-the-Sea since I was a child but it was only when I’ve gotten older that I’ve started to appreciate the history of the town and also the amazing harbour.

Protected by marshes behind a sand bank, Wells was one of England’s important harbours in the 1800s and a thriving centre for the shipping and maritime industry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when its stone quay was constructed.

Around this time, many of the large buildings and tiny yards and houses were also built that still dominate the look and feel of the town and it’s only when you take the time to look around the town that you notice the history of the town all around you.

written by easilydistracted on 2011-10-04 #places #boat #sea #harbour #location #beach #olympus-trip #escape-from-the-city

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