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The Dutch Tutch

Dutch Tutch.
© Courtesy of John Walker
There are two possible reasons for the eccentric name of the building: it either reflects the Dutch architectural influence, or is a result of the similar geography of Norfolk and the Netherlands.

After the 1914 fire, the slide must have been kept in storage, probably in Great Yarmouth. Its transportation began sometime before 1928 along The Broads - most probably on a barge. It is likely that its current location was chosen simply because the boat laden with the structure was too high to pass under the Potter Heigham Bridge.

The middle segment of the helter-skelter was integrated as a part of the building while the top section was placed at the rear of the building and used as a shed.

Dutch Tutch pictured from across the river
© Courtesy of John Walker
Windmills are very common in the area, and the building is still often mistaken for one - was this resemblance deliberate?

Dutch Tutch was the first residential building on the banks at Potter Heigham. The only earlier buildings were three drainage mills, Applegate's Boatyard, the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company and the Waterman's Arms, a pub by the bridge.

Today Dutch Tutch, this memory of fun, is a holiday home which is popular with visitors to The Broads, although no one seems to know much about its history...do you?


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