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Coltishall, River Bure

The source of the River Bure is near Melton Constable to the west of Aylsham, Coltishall now marks the end of navigation of the Bure from Yarmouth. Up until 1912 it was possible to pass through a lock and reach Aylsham upstream via two other locks. In 1912 there was a massive flood due to heavy rainfall which ripped the lock gates off and undermined the foundations, the lock was never repaired.

Adjoining Coltishall is Horstead, up until it was destroyed by fire in 1963 the mill ground locally grown corn into flour and animal feed which was transported down river by Wherry. Allens boatyard was famous for building Wherries but is no longer there.

Coltishall today has some local shops for provisions, a couple of antiques shops and a few good pubs.


River Bure, Coltishall.Anchor 1966


The River Bure at Coltishall showing the Anchor Hotel and moorings. The hotel closed c 1985 and was converted into a private house. There was a small charge for mooring but they were well kept and you could order milk and freshly baked bread to be delivered to your boat in the mornings, delicious!

Moorings are still available today for a fee.

The River Bure at Coltishall, Norfolk Broads. pm1969


View from Coltishall Common showing the " Rising Sun " public house which was built c1858, there are good moorings here but it gets very busy in the summer. The pub has been modernised and is now called the " New Rising Sun ", sharing the car park to the right is the " Kings Head " pub.

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