Norfolk Marshes

A life in sugar beet – from Scotland to Norfolk

Alex Mason spent his whole working life in the sugar beet industry, starting in Scotland and finishing in Cantley in Norfolk.  He was employed in many factories from Shropshire to Iran and has seen a big change in working conditions and practices.   I grew up on a farm in Fife, in Scotland and we […]

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A life on the Broads with boats and mills

Paul has spent most of his working life working on the Broads, building and fitting out boats, including working on world speed record holding boats. He has also had a long interest in the restoration for the mills of the Broads, which led to him owning a local mill and helping restore and repair several […]

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A Man of the Marshes (1947 to present)

I was born in Rockland St Mary, in the old Post Office row, in 1947. I had two sisters and one brother.  I just got one sister left now. Before my dad went into the army he was brickmaking with his dad on the estate in Blickling. Then after the war was over he came […]

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A Neatishead Farm Boy (1950s to present)

Growing up above the shop My childhood was spent in Neatishead where my mother ran the village shop and my father had a smallholding. I was born in 1938 in the bedroom above the village shop in King Street. My mother had got the shop when my brother, Cecil, was about three months old and […]

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A Rednall from Reedham. A life on the marshes.

I was born in London, but my dad moved to Reedham in 1947. He bought Brick Kiln, which was the old Reedham brickyard, although it was redundant at the time. My uncle, who lived at Ship Cottages, Reedham, told my dad that Brick Kiln was coming up for sale and so dad come down and […]

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A Veterinary Life (1964-2013)

I was born and bred in Norfolk, Downham Market, as the youngest child of four, at the beginning of the war in 1940. I went as a boarder to Kings Lynn, King Edward the Seventh Grammar School, which had an influence on my life because I think it makes you a bit more independent. We […]

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A view of Norfolk from the air (1960s to present)

I was born in Gorleston-on-Sea in 1940 and we lived in Trafalgar Road West. My parents both died while I was young so I haven’t got much idea of what they were like. My dad came from a big family of fishermen in Lowestoft and he started his working life at the age of 18 […]

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A Water Way of Life (2016)

When I was eight years old, my parents wanted to get away from the bombing over London and so moved to near Reading, quite near to the Thames and I used to spend a lot of time there. We had a dinghy and I spent a lot of time at the local lock and got […]

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