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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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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Farmer, marshman – always animals

Marshman Paul was born on a marsh farm, where he and his twin brother were involved with the work from a very early age. He still works on the marshes. On the farm as a boy When I was boy, seven or eight years old, I used to go and help harrowing the seeds in […]

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Float my boat. 1954-2004

I was born at home in North Walsham in 1939.  I don’t recall a lot about the early days during wartime, except there were always explosions, planes flying over at night-time and during the day there were many soldiers in military vehicles. I also remember there was a water storage tank, about 100ft in diameter, on […]

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