Norfolk Marshes

Life and times at Reedham Ferry (1950s – 2018)

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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Mike Sparkes on the wherry (1951-2019)

Mike grew up by the river in Trowse near Norwich and played on the Whitlingham marshes. His great grandfather was a skipper on the old tar wherries working out of Norwich and his four times great grandfather the master boatbuilder Stephen Field. As archivist for the Norfolk Wherry Trust he tells about the history of […]

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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 – 2018)

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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