Norfolk Marshes

A Neatishead Farm Boy (1950s -2018)

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 passion for mills and machines (1960s-2019)

Richard has had a passion for mills and machines since his youth. He lives near the working mill he built himself at South Walsham, Norfolk, while self-employed as a millwright. School I was born in Thorpe in 1958 and attended Hillside Avenue primary school followed by Thorpe secondary school.  I can’t say that I particularly […]

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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 – 2019)

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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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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And the mill came with the house (1948-2019)

Nick began his working life in his family’s holiday and marina businesses. After this, he worked many years for Brown and Root as an offshore hydrographic surveyor. While living in Thrigby, Nick discovered the remains of a historic mill, and spent years restoring the building. I was born in Great Yarmouth just after the war […]

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Artist Ambassador for the Broads (1960s to present)

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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