Today we focus on our region’s watery edges, from coast to Broads.

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Our first picture is of low tide at Burnham Overy Staithe, taken in the 1950s on a day in late February (1).

The barrier at St Olaves Staithe is the prominent feature of our next photograph dated June 1958 (2).

Mud at Brancaster Staithe, with a lone rower in the foreground, makes an atmospheric shot in our undated photo from the early 1960s (3).

An animated scene of boats and onlookers at Barton Staithe caught our photographer’s eye in the early 1960s (4).

A steam dredger is at work on Thorpe Reach, busy unloading mud from a lighter and dropping it on river bank in this busy scene from May 1960 (5).

The Goosebeck ford at Burnham Market is said to rise every seven years and here it is in full flow in March of 1961 (6).

The Rev Carroll of Binham was cut off from his outlying parishioners by the ford as this photo from February 1961 shows (7).

A young rower crosses the river at Stalham in March 1961, while water is being pumped directly from the river on the opposite bank (8).

Members of the Norfolk Naturalists Trust take to The Little Tern, a new reed lighter at Hickling Staithe in March, 1970 (9).

A representative of Loddon RDC declares open the new village staithe in 1972 (10).

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