History of Burgh St Peter Staithe
Burgh St Peter staithe and Waveney River Centre have a rich history; nowhere else has a church tower like the ziggurat inspired church of St Mary, which for centuries was the church of the Boycott family who gave their name to the English language. Local legend has it that the devil loaned a poor man money to build the church, and when Satan came to claim his dues the man escaped his fate by dying hours before and was safely buried in consecrated ground.
In the Victorian era, The Waveney Inn featured a zoological gardens in its grounds and you’ll find old photographs of some of the animals in the pub's main bar. But throughout the years Burgh St Peter was most important for its staithe, where trading wherries would load and unload goods, and for the ferry which allowed south Norfolk’s residents to walk or cycle to Lowestoft fish market.
The expansion of the Broads holiday industry in the 1960s led to the first phase of Waveney River Centre's development as a visitor destination, and by the 1980s the business included a much expanded pub, additional marina and an indoor heated pool. Today, this award winning holiday park and marina is open year round and features luxury holiday lodges, 5-star camping and boat hire.