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 Wildfowler Walter Linnet of Bradwell, at the mouth of the River Blackwater, in one of his gun punts. He lived in the small house in the background, built on the seaward side of the seawall close to Sales Point, overlooking the Dengie Flats which are a feeding place for thousands of wild fowl in winter, the season for 'gunning'. He is poling an open punt, the type favoured by most Essex ...
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Wildfowler Walter Linnet of Bradwell, at the mouth of the River Blackwater, in one of his gun punts. He lived in the small house in the background, built on the seaward side of the seawall close to Sales Point, overlooking the Dengie Flats which are a feeding place for thousands of wild fowl in winter, the season for 'gunning'. He is poling an open punt, the type favoured by most Essex wildfowlers and needed careful handling in exposed water. The large bore, muzzle loading gun is supported by the punt's breasthook and its stock by a beam. Rope breeching resists its recoil as a charge of considerble power was used. The punt was brought within range of fowl by manouvering with oars and then hand paddles, the fowler meanwhile sighting along the barrel. When in position the gun was fired and usually several duck might be killed in one discharge. Sometimes many were and some record shots were claimed.
Walter Linnet was one of the best and last of the Essex wildfowlers to try to earn part of his living from punt gunning.
The ancient Saxon church in the background is dedicated to St. Cedd. After many years of neglect and disuse as a barn, it has been restored and provides a striking contrast to its surroundings. It is used occasionally for services. [JL] [I think the chapel is not dedicated to St Cedd but to St Peter. It was built by St Cedd 654 AD]
Plate.77 in SWW.
Used in Last Stronghold of Sail page 162.


Photo: John Leather Collection - Douglas Went
Image ID BOXB5_015_033
Category 1 Places-->Bradwell
Category 3 Wildfowling


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This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.