Rickety boardwalk along the quay
Blakeney was once a busy medieval commercial port until the estuary began to silt up, this prevented all but pleasure craft from gaining access. The silting has left a landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks, full of creeks and channels.
The quay was once the centre of the trading port, where you would see coloured oriental cloths and spices from the east. The Blakeney Hotel stands on the quay, it was opened in 1923. It is built on the site of an old smugglers inn called the Crown and Anchor, known locally as the Barking Dickey!
A legend tells that in January 1709 during a terrible storm, a cargo ship traveling to Blakeney was wrecked at Salthouse just along the coast, drowning all the crew. Amongst the bodies was a huge black dog called Black Shuck, he was found next to the body of his master on the beach. Ever since a large black dog is supposed to haunt this section of the Norfolk Coast, howling for his master.
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