Norfolk Marshes

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 restoration of Hardley Mill – a labour of love and passion

Following a career in the civil service which took him around the world Mike has been involved with the restoration and upkeep of Hardley Mill for many years. I was born in central Norwich, and went to school at Norwich School where my father was English and Art master before becoming headmaster. After leaving school […]

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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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Wanderings of a Naturalist (1940s to date)

I grew up in the Second World War. My father was a Bristol Channel pilot, and therefore the hours kept in our house depended on which ships were coming up the Channel to be guided into harbour. I became a naturalist at a young age and as a child we had very few restrictions. From […]

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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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