Gateway to England's Norfolk Broads
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Welcome to the Acle Village Website
The purpose of this site is to be a useful resource to people living in and around Acle, and also to anyone in the world who would like to read about this picturesque rural community which is
Gateway to England's Norfolk Broads.
The village of Acle is in a prime position almost equidistant from Great Yarmouth and Norwich, with the river Bure flowing out to the coast in one direction and to the beautiful Norfolk Broads in the other. It is for this reason that the village is known as "The Gateway to the Broads." Acle currently has a population of around 2750, yet still retains much of it's traditional character.
Please note that due to increased work commitments, our previous webmaster is unable to continue to maintain this site. I will be trying to keep it tidy and delete the out of date content while a new site is developed. Please contact me, Nigel Law, on 01493 750201 if you have problems with this site.
The Search for Eugenia Finch
A book published by Acle Community Archive Group.
A fascinating story starting with the discovery of a box of 148 photographs in the depths of Norwich Library. The photographs of street scenes and portraits were wonderful documented evidence of nineteenth century life in rural Norfolk villages. The photographs, all dated between 1863 and 1883, were the work of Eugenia Fynch of Acle, or as he was later correctly identified as William Henry Finch. What made them unique, was the fact that they were taken twenty years before Francis Frith and P. H. Emerson documented the area, and their quality for the time was outstanding.
Thanks to diligent research by Acle's Archive Group, a compelling story can now be told of a struggling Victorian family, that will be of interest to all Norfolk folk, social and local historians, and anybody interested in the history of photography.
The book includes a portfolio of Finch's photographs taken in over thirty local Broadland villages.
Copies can be obtained from local shops and cafes, or by post by contacting Mr B S Grint on 01493 750039.
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