This post was most recently updated on June 27th, 2018
How Were The Broads Formed?
People believed, until less than a century ago that the Broads had always been there, but in the 1960’s a botanist discovered the lakes were actually formed by the flooding of extensive medieval peat excavations.
Peat is a mixture of decomposed plant material on its way to becoming coal which, being carbon rich makes a wonderful, slow-burning fuel. Archaeologists think monasteries sold peat to fund their activities.