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 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 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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A Wheatfen childhood

A Wheatfen childhood In a wide ranging interview with WISEArchive, Suzie Hanna provides a fascinating insight about her childhood experiences growing up on Wheatfen Broad as a child of the well-known Ted and Phyllis Ellis. I’m the youngest of five children, born at Wheatfen Broad near Surlingham in November 1953. Russell Sewell also lived here, […]

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An unspoiled childhood by the River Yare (1940s to present)

Julia describes her post-war childhood and family life down Griffin Lane, by the River Yare, in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Life on a houseboat Mum and Dad got married at Thorpe St Andrew’s church and their first home was on a houseboat. I remember Mum saying she steered the motorboat, towing the houseboat behind. My […]

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Artist Ambassador for the Broads

David Dane is an internationally recognized artist, known for painting ethereal, atmospheric depictions of the Norfolk Broads. He grew up in Norfolk and pursued his love for his environment through his profession of painting. He is active in the protection of the Norfolk Broads and the wildlife that resides within it. Growing up in Norfolk […]

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Boats, mills and marshes

David was born and brought up on the Broads and worked for the yacht and hire fleets. His passion for windpumps led him to team up with Paul Reynolds to restore Mutton’s Mill, a labour of love for 40 years. I was born in this house in December 1943. I went to Acle Village Primary until […]

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