Potter Heigham (pronouced Potterham) in Norfolk has had a new village sign. a two sided one. What is nice, is that the sign depicts two sides of the village and on both sides, the medieval bridge is shown.
Potter Heigham Bridge is a medieval bridge, believed to date from 1385, famous for being the most difficult to navigate in the Broads. The bridge opening is so narrow that only small cruisers can pass through it, and then only at low water. We have visited Potter Hingham many times, but I have never seen a boat going under the bridge, maybe one day.
The church is St Nicholas and has a 12th century round tower (which I still have to post about) and the font is the only brick one in Norfolk. It appears to be 15th century, there are banded details which have eroded, but may have been trefoils.
The potters on the sign………The village was just simply named Heigham, but the extensive manufacture of Roman pottery taking place in the ‘Pothills’ area in the very northwestern corner of the parish. By 1797 the village had become known as Potter Heigham, though the marshes retained the older Heigham Potter name.
Looking at the other side of the sign, which indicates Hickling Board, where you can fish, walk, cruise on the water and really enjoy the outdoor life.