Norfolk Marshes

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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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 (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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Best job ever out on the marshes (1980s to today)

When I was about nine years old I started going down Norton marshes with my dad duck shooting from the first of September. We shot mallard and geese, which would have been greylags or Canadas. We always ate them. We were a family of eight and that used to feed us all. We would go […]

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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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Bringing power to the marshes (1961 to 2019)

Kerry worked for Eastern Electricity for many years before setting up his own company providing helicopter surveys. He describes the problems of installing and maintaining overhead and underground cables on the marshes. Early life I was born in June 1945 in Stoke on Trent. Both my parents were born there and my grandfather ran a […]

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