The Lifeboat House

EDP Norfolk - - County Life -

Blak­eney Point

When was it built? In 1898 It is spe­cial be­cause... Once the vil­lage lifeboat was sta­tioned here, now it is a glo­ri­ously iso­lated in­for­ma­tion cen­tre – and home to a Na­tional Trust ranger from April to Oc­to­ber each year. It is much eas­ier to reach by wa­ter than by land, and fel­low res­i­dents of the beau­ti­ful stretch of coast in­clude grey and com­mon seals, a huge range of birds and won­der­fully named plants such as horned sea poppy, sea pea and shrubby sea blight. What do you love about work­ing here? Na­tional Trust ranger Ajay Te­gala is based in the Lifeboat House from April to Oc­to­ber each year: “Work­ing in a land­scape com­pletely shaped by the tides and the weather is very spe­cial. It is a priv­i­lege to be able to live in a build­ing with so much his­tory. The Lifeboat House is in the per­fect lo­ca­tion to pro­tect the unique wildlife of Blak­eney Point, which is my job. I of­ten think about the old watch­ers that used to live in the build­ing be­fore me, and the brave vil­lagers who risked their lives to save those in trou­ble at sea.”

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