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Brian
Mar-14-2007 @ 9:21 AM                           Permalink
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I was out and about in the boat Last Saturday.

Launched at Thorpe (Grifin Marine) and headed towards Norwich,
I decided to take the Posers route under the Thorpe Low Bridge and past the pubs.  Now farther down on my Left i saw a abandoned Marina, with two large sunken boats, this marina is only connected to the main land via a Steel Footbridge (it may take cars )

Now the question is for people who may know.
What has happened to this Marina ?
Why did it fall in such a poor state ?
Is the Footbridge still open ?

Ill Attach a pic in a mo

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the arrow points the marina you can just make out the sunken boat, which looks about 20 years old.
The whole place looks as if it was adandoned about 20 years ago

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What you talking about is Hearts Cruisers.  There is in fact no access other than by boat which is why they had to ferry all their holiday makers across.  The iron bridges are all associated with the railways.  If you do a site search with 'Hearts' & 'MTB' you will find a number of threads that give you your answers.

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many thanks for the reply, there is definatly a 3rd Brisge and nothing to do with the railway, it goes over the river right next to Hearts.

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Hi Brian

As Bill has said, the matina you are talking about was part of Hearts cruisers yard. One of the sunken boats in the marina is MGB-56 "Morning Flight" which was the floating home of Commander Ron Ashby who owned Hearts. The other sunken boat was a liveaboard for someone in the 1980s. The marina may appear to be abandonded but it is private property and does have an owner.

I think the other bridge you are referring to is the one I have circled in the Google image below and does appear to cross the river there.


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There is a third bridge over the old course at Thorpe, the aerial photos suggest it once carried a branch from the railway, can anyone confirm this.

The high res shows it to be derelict. A shame it cannot be put to use to provide at least pedestrian access to what could be valuable moorings



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I am fairly sure that the bridge that your are talking about is a footbridge.
We often go down this stretch of river as there are  some excellent pubs and good shops close by.
I cannot think that this bridge was ever more than a footbridge, but could be wrong.

Cheers,
Tim

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The third bridge was never a railway carrying bridge, to my knowledge it only every carried some road vehicles, and foot traffic. It's an interesting spot though, I'm off to have a look at the weekend, anyone game to come along?

Sails alot

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Whilst we had ‘The Moorings’ that lovely cottage at Woods End for the weekend back in January, we took the day boat out to Norwich for the day. We went via Thorpe and did both sides of the island. There is no way that bridge has EVER carried rail, just not up to the job, it could however have been used for vehicles and pedestrians.

Incidentally, my Dad did hire from Hearts and even further back from 'Jenners' indeed we have in our possession a 'Jenners' metal cap badge (Along with a host of others) quite rare nowadays or so I'm led to believe.  -  Griff



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I was in the area last night so went for a look. Down Thorpe Hall Close, left at the bottom, the road becomes a short (15 yards or so) of dirt track, turns right then you hit a locked gate - see attached image.


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