Once a waterside store and now a parish room, the Black Shed on Barton Staithe has a long history.
The following account is taken from John Yaxley’s A Jam Round Barton Turf:
Wherry moored alongside the Black Shed.
Barton Staithe and the Black Shed.
The first building of red brick and tile standing in the centre of the staithe, now called the ‘Black Shed’ was till recent years known as the ‘Coal House’, but was also used for the storage of perishables and smaller goods conveyed by wherry to and from quays and staithes on the Norfolk and Suffolk broads.
Built in two stages, one old photo shows the west end constructed of timber with a thatched roof. Perhaps the east end was thatched before the roof was raised and a second floor added when two wicket holes (wooden covered apertures) were fitted for access, one in the east gable end and a smaller one in the north wall which has been filled in during recent updating, and the first mentioned, now replaced with a large window giving a pleasant view of the staithe.
The old floor has been lowered to give more headroom. Here this room also contains a large map of Barton Turf, Irstead and Neatishead, depicting local sites of wartime interest which was drawn out and included in our 50 year celebration of the end of World War Two in 1995.
The old weathered and tarred doors have been replaced, a large window inserted in the south wall, the floor is tiled, the roof has been raised, and with internal steps to the east end, this is a convenient building for meetings and coffee mornings. There must be very good foundations here with the dykes on either side so close by.