Norfolk Marshes

From the Old House (1930-2019)

Mrs Jacquetta Cator of the Old House in Ranworth tells of her children growing up by and on the Broads, legends and stories about the house, which has a very special atmosphere, and her role as a magistrate. My father was Member of Parliament for Sunderland, his family came from there. Then he went to […]

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From the Royal Navy to Norfolk Broads River Inspector

Gerry’s early working life in the Royal Navy and his second career as a river inspector were bridged by his post as master of Carrow Bridge in Norwich. In 1981 Gerry was awarded the British Empire medal by Her Majesty the Queen. I was brought up in Norwich and went to the City of Norwich […]

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Gamekeeper and conservationist (1960s – 2018)

Early life and an introduction to wildlife I was born in Globe Lane, Blofield and went to Blofield School. Mr Matticks was the headmaster. I am afraid I wasn’t very good at school, I hated it as all I wanted to do was work outside. There were three or four of us lads who were […]

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Growing up on the Broads (2017)

My grandfather was Ernest Woods, who originated in Yarmouth, but then he went to Cantley where he had a small boatyard. In 1908 he designed and built the Yare and Bure One design, which is sometimes known as a ‘white boat’, or nowadays they just refer to it as a ‘YBOD’. In 1926 the Cantley […]

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I am part of the Marshes (2016)

I was born in Halvergate, which is right on the edge of the marshes, in 1934. I lived in one of three cottages down the bottom end of a road called The City and I lived there until I was five years old, by which time my father had built us a bungalow off Squires […]

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Innovation in boat building (1960s – 2019)

Alan Goodchild, proprietor of Goodchild Marine, had early ambitions to run his own business. He speaks with WISEArchive about the work and thinking behind the business, and also covers the development of a boat, creating innovations, and his approach to remaining competitive. Starting out I grew up Great Yarmouth and Caister-on-Sea, and went to school […]

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Keeping the waterways clear (1960s – 2018)

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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