Norfolk Marshes

Ships great and small (1870s to 1950s)

My grandfather William Henry Hall, a lively lad, his working life My grandfather was called William Henry Hall and he was born in Reedham in Norfolk in 1877. He was the great grandson of James Hall, a man who had moved to Reedham from Norwich in the early part of the nineteenth century and started […]

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Story of an Irstead boy (1930s to present)

Life in the cottage I had grandmother, aunts and uncles, and we all lived together in a cottage in Irstead. We didn’t have electricity or running water, but we had a lovely coal fire all year round. Let me explain the cottage. You went through the back door into what we called the kitchen. On […]

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Studying the coypu (1970s)

I came to Norfolk from Wales. I swapped the hills and valleys of Wales for flat lands of Norfolk and the big sky and that would be in 1972. I started at the Coypu Research Laboratory when the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries & Food was looking for people. It was in Jupiter Road in […]

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Swans in the kitchen (2017)

John Crohill tells of life on the Norfolk marshes – characters, wildlife and wildfowling. Life on the Marshes I moved from Cambridge to Brundall in about 1950. I lived in a little house which was next to the Lackford Run which is the stream that runs through from the River Yare and goes up through Braydeston. […]

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Teaching sailing 1960s (Hunter’s Yard)

Jean Gee combined her skills as a school teacher and sailing instructor, at Filby and Hunter’s Yard, for some years in the 1960’s I learnt to sail with the Sea Rangers in Norwich and at Whitlingham, at Norwich Amateur Rowing Club, in dinghies, mainly, various types of dinghies. In 1964 I was at Keswick Hall […]

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The eight-year saga of Catfield Fen 2008-2016

I met my wife Geli when we were both 17 and we’re now approaching 70, having been married for 48 years. My early years were in Norfolk and I was then brought up in Lincolnshire so I’m a country boy although I’ve made my money or worked in the City and abroad in America and […]

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The making of Strumpshaw Fen (1960s to 2000s)

I was born in Chester in 1944 and most of my formative years were spent in a marvellous market town called Oswestry on the Welsh border. I have always been interested in wildlife from an early age, keeping caterpillars, and bird nesting. In the days before it was illegal I had an egg collection which […]

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The marshman’s daughter (1960s to date)

Sue recalls her childhood in the 1960’s, growing up on the marshes around Berney Arms and Halvergate. Sue now runs Goodchild Marine with her husband Alan. She is the daughter of Bill Lacey, who recorded his story for WISEArchive in 2017. Life in the early days I was born in my grandma’s house in Reedham, […]

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