The Norfolk Broads is a man-made structure created due to the peat digging which took place throughout the Middle Ages. Peat was a source that was highly dependent on for fuel throughout these times, which is why people would dig down into the Earth in order to extract the product. Eventually, these pits which were created and still used to extract peat began to fill with water due to the rise in sea levels and were abandoned because of this. Once they started filling with water, they then proceeded to flood until finally creating the Broads as we know them today. The area of Norfolk Broads is historical due to the information and ways which we have knowledge on, showing us how the Broads were created as well as symbols of historical agriculture such as numerous windmills which have now been restored, still standing today. Also a historical factor which applies to the area of the Broads was that many who have lived here over the years, have used it as a provider for natural, sustainable materials and resources for things like Norfolk reeds used as a traditional material for thatching houses. The results from these materials used on houses can be seen throughout the area of the Norfolk Broads as some of the houses built are still standing.
Culture is certainly something we have a lot of throughout the UK and the Norfolk Broads is definitely an area which adds to this. Cultural aspects of the Broads include many things from a famous monastery, known for the fact it was the only one NOT closed in England by King Henry VIII throughout his reign (St Benet’s Abbey). Being the habitat for 25% of the U.K.’s rarest species, (as mentioned before, plant species such as the Fen Orchid), showing us that the Norfolk Broads are well looked after to maintain the overwhelming beauty and even culturally known due to events such as this- One of the oldest boats to ever be on the Broads, which still lives, is now back on the water after ongoing major repairs!
The Harrier, a vessel built in 1900 has risen once again and is successfully being used around the Norfolk Broads as it has done throughout its past historical years. When originally built, it was made alongside two other sister yachts called Penguin and Pelican, they were so well known due to the overall age of them, as well as the distinguished look with an unusual Roman nose. Although the Harrier is still standing today, it is unfortunate to know that the Penguin and Pelican are not and have not been seen in the Broads for many years now. Although the vessel has been broken, sunk and many other accidents within its time, repairs has kept it in brilliant condition and the 23-foot boat is still being used today. Originally named Scott, and held at the Broads yachting company, the vessel has now been renamed Harrier after the Second World War when the company and industry died out and was re-bought once sold privately.
Overall, seeing this boat up on the Broads once again is like a part of history showing itself off to the community and is a great reminder to be able to see how the boat is still in use after all these years passed.