Wednesday, 20 January 2010
In praise of Reedham Ferry
CHERISH Reedham Ferry. It's all too easy to take it for granted, especially as there's probably been a Yare crossing of some kind at this spot for centuries. But then, there had also been ferries across the Yare since time immemorial at Surlingham, Coldham Hall and the Beauchamp Arms. All have disappeared within living memory; accidental victims of better roads, better engines and a life lived less locally. So why did this one survive while the others withered? Both geography and luck have played their part. But you must also give credit to the Archer family which has owned the Reedham Ferry pub for more than sixty years. You'll have to wait until the book gets published for a profile of David Archer, but suffice to see the old girl is in very safe hands. I think we'll hear the clank, clank, clank of the ferry chains for many years to come.
* Reedham Ferry runs from 7.30am till 10pm between Monday and Friday and between 8am and 10pm at the weekends.