Norfolk Marshes

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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The Norfolk animal health officer

Eddie’s childhood was spent in the Marshes. He was born during the war, in April 1941, at home in Bradwell. His father was in the fire service so he was often out and about and not at home much but Eddie had a happy childhood. Bradwell was a very rural area in those days compared […]

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The Norfolk Potter (1999 to present)

Potter Pat works in an old thatcher’s yard in Salhouse, Norfolk. She uses local silt in her work, follow the process of cleansing the Broads, her work becoming lighter and brighter, with a sense of water moving and times changing.  I was brought up in Hellesdon and went to Firside primary school, I stayed in […]

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The story of Bee’s Boats, Brundall (1950s to today)

I was born 72 years ago on the Catton Grove estate, which is on the outskirts of Norwich. My mother originally lived in Botolph Street and my father in Ber Street, then they moved out to new council houses, which is where I was born. My father was a self-employed carpenter and joiner. He worked […]

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The Wherry Yacht Charter Story (1950s to today)

Peter Bower grew up on the Norfolk Broads before starting his career on the railways at Wroxham Station. He later went on to teach at Cromer Secondary Modern School before collecting wherries. Peter is one of the founders of the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust. Growing up on the Broads I’ve lived in Wroxham since […]

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Wherry good times in Norfolk (1970s to date)

I don’t know if I qualify as a Norfolk person to talk about the marshes with any authority because I didn’t come here until I was 35. I’m more of a Kent/Sussex girl with some excursions. The first excursion into Norfolk I first came to Norfolk when my husband worked at County Hall and I […]

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