Norfolk Marshes

A Neatishead Farm Boy (1950s -2018)

John’s mother ran the village shop in Neatishead for over forty years, it was a meeting place for all the locals and farm workers. John was born in the room above the shop. Growing up above the shop My childhood was spent in Neatishead where my mother ran the village shop and my father had […]

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A passion for mills and machines (1960s-2019)

Richard has had a passion for mills and machines since his youth. He lives near the working mill he built himself at South Walsham, Norfolk, while self-employed as a millwright. School I was born in Thorpe in 1958 and attended Hillside Avenue primary school followed by Thorpe secondary school.  I can’t say that I particularly […]

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A Rednall from Reedham. A life on the marshes (1950s-2017)

Archie was born in London and his family moved to Norfolk when he was a child. He talks about his childhood and later life on the Norfolk marshes. I was born in London, but my dad moved to Reedham in 1947. He bought Brick Kiln, which was the old Reedham brickyard, although it was redundant […]

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A Veterinary Life (1964-2013)

Roger gives an insight into the life of a Norfolk vet, caring for animals on the marshes. He talks about the characters and way of life in this unique area. I was born and bred in Norfolk, Downham Market, as the youngest child of four, at the beginning of the war in 1940. I went […]

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A view of Norfolk from the air (1960s – 2019)

Mike gained his flying licence and over many years he has built up an extensive library of aerial photos of the Broads which show the changing landscape of the area. I was born in Gorleston-on-Sea in 1940 and we lived in Trafalgar Road West. My parents both died while I was young so I haven’t […]

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A water way of life (1967-2016)

Chris became river manager in the 1970s. He talks about working on the waterways and how things have changed over the years. When I was eight years old, my parents wanted to get away from the bombing over London and so moved to near Reading, quite near to the Thames and I used to spend […]

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A Wheatfen childhood (1953-2017)

Suzie provides a fascinating insight into her experiences growing up on Wheatfen Broad as a child of the well-known Ted and Phyllis Ellis, and her family’s continued connection with the Wheatfen nature reserve. I’m the youngest of five children, born at Wheatfen Broad near Surlingham in November 1953. Russell Sewell also lived here, as did […]

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An unspoiled childhood by the River Yare (1940s – 2018)

Julia describes her post-war childhood and family life down Griffin Lane, by the River Yare, in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich. Life on a houseboat Mum and Dad got married at Thorpe St Andrew’s church and their first home was on a houseboat. I remember Mum saying she steered the motorboat, towing the houseboat behind. My […]

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And the mill came with the house (1948-2019)

Nick began his working life in his family’s holiday and marina businesses. After this, he worked many years for Brown and Root as an offshore hydrographic surveyor. While living in Thrigby, Nick discovered the remains of a historic mill, and spent years restoring the building. I was born in Great Yarmouth just after the war […]

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Artist Ambassador for the Broads (1960s – 2018)

David is an internationally recognised artist, known for painting ethereal, atmospheric depictions of the Norfolk Broads. He grew up in Norfolk and pursued his love for his environment through his profession of painting. He is active in the protection of the Norfolk Broads and the wildlife that resides within it. Growing up in Norfolk I […]

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