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28 October 2014
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Marsh workers cutting reeds on the broads

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The peat cutting industry in Broadland

The Norfolk Broadland was once a region famed for, and wealthy from, its peat cutting industry. When the industry died out during the 14th Century, the valleys were littered with turbaries, the deep workings in which peat was excavated, and these left had a lasting impact upon the appearance of the area: The Broads, which were created by the flooding of the turbaries. But what caused the decline of this prosperous activity?

Was it a natural geographic phenomena, a change in economics or the killer disease, the 'Black Death', which swept through Europe in the 14th Century? More...

Words: Dr J M Parmenter MIEEM

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