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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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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Changing times at Cox’s boatyard (1970s to present)

Eric Bishop talks about his life with boats and the history of Cox’s boatyard on Barton Broad, Norfolk In my early life my father was a great sailor. He used to sail a lot of the little dinghies around the Broads with his brother and then he taught me how to sail in the good […]

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Cows for company

My name is Tony Clarke, and I’ve been involved with the Norfolk marshes nearly all my life and have had some really good times. We used to try and beat Reedham Ferry across the River Yare at swimming, which normally we did. This was because the ferry used to drift down the river on the […]

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