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Stoke Ferry, Gateway To The Brecks

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Wereham Village Hall

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Wereham

PE33 9AP

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A talk by author Richard L. Coates about the history of Stoke Ferry and its importance as Breckland’s port and gateway.

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Stoke Ferry owes its very existence to the river and its crossing. This, and the its location on the first ‘high ground’ at the edge of the fens have been highly significant to the wealth and development of the town, acting as a gateway to the Brecklands area. The inland port, turnpike roads and later the railway enabled Stoke Ferry to become a major trading hub, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Richard will examine this golden era, describing the rise and decline of the town in this period.

Richard Coates grew up in Stoke Ferry, where his parents were school teachers, and attended school there in the 1950s, before moving to Downham Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford. His mother researched and wrote about the history of Stoke Ferry and Richard has added to and updated her work.

Copies of his recent book ‘A Farthing for the Ferryman – the surprising history of a Norfolk Village‘ will be available for purchase. Writer of business articles, industry reports and co-author (with daughter, Vicki) of three children’s books, this is his first full-length publication. He recently edited his mother Doris Coates’s Derbyshire-based books Tuppeny Rice and Treacle and Tunes on a Penny Whistle, republished by The Harpsden Press.

Tickets include a glass of wine which will be served in the interval.

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Wereham Village Hall

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Wereham

PE33 9AP

United Kingdom

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