Norfolk Marshes

Keeping the waterways clear (1960s to 2012)

My first job was at Boulton & Paul’s on the riveting floors, they made steel girders and all things like that. I’d be about sixteen then. I used to start at eight and my dad who also worked there used to start at five ‘cos he was a wire weaver on piecework. So I used […]

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Laughter brings life to the marshes

I was born in Reedham and started school at Burgh St Peter when I was about four or five, as my father worked on the river. We lived in the public house which mother and father ran. It was quite successful; we were only there for about five or six years then we came back […]

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Life and times at Reedham Ferry (1950s to today)

Father had been in the RAF during the War and when he came back to London the family bought this little newsagent shop in Earl’s Court.  In those days I used to deliver the papers in the mornings before going to school and then again in the evenings.  Father used to come up to Norfolk […]

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Mariner, river inspector and after (1965-2008)

Life before the Broads Authority I was one of those children who managed to leave school at the age of 14 because my birthday was in the summer holidays. But I wasn’t allowed to start work until I was 15. And I did become an apprentice mechanic with the General Post Office – some may […]

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Memories of a river man (1977 to date)

Since the age of 13 I knew that I wanted to go to sea; I’m an only child and grew up in a Council house and I was determined to own my own home. A career at sea offered me a career path with extremely good money. Well, it seemed like good money as you […]

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Mission Impossible – coypu catching chronicles

Ivan shares his memories of his time as a coypu trapper for Coypu Control on the East Anglian marshes. He details some background on coypu, the work involved with trapping, and the wonders of the marshes while working through all weather situations. I was a shopkeeper working 60 odd hours a week for the taxman […]

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My Life with Wherry Maud

I was born in Faversham in Kent and when I was four we moved to a place called Westgate, which is near Margate. My father was a policeman and soon afterwards he left the force and took on a general store. Now families with general stores tended to have very little spare time. Our spare […]

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Nature in the raw (1950s to today)

I was born in December 1945 after the war had ended and I was actually born in Wisbech so technically I’m a yellow belly. But that was only a temporary hiccup for my mother and we were living at the time in Gayton Road in Kings Lynn. When I was about two, we moved to […]

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Ranger, farmer and knackerman (1970s to date)

I started working when I was fourteen and a half straight from secondary school, with my father in the family business which is farming and knackering. I got to work all over East Anglia, and definitely the Broads, because his business was from Great Yarmouth, Halvergate, all the way up to Mundesley and down as […]

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