Norfolk Marshes

Cows for company (1950s-2017)

Tony grew up on the marshes and has been involved with them all his life. He talks about coypu, drainage, agriculture and the future of the marshes. My name is Tony Clarke, and I’ve been involved with the Norfolk marshes nearly all my life and have had some really good times. We used to try […]

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Educating the younger generation about wildlife (1950s-2019)

Rodger was a motor engineer who became interested in wildlife in the 1990s and worked with young people through the RSPB’s Wildlife Explorers and outreach at Strumpshaw and Wheatfen, and across the marshes. He believes going into the education side of wildlife actually educated him more than anything else!  Early days I was born in 1946 […]

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Engineering – a vocation not just a job (1943-2003)

Engineer John gave his expertise to boatbuilding including replacing the engines of Reedham Ferry and repairing a boat on the Seine. I was born in Chingford, Essex, my father was a commissioned officer in the army and my mother was a comptometer operator until she had me. My father unfortunately was a fatality in the […]

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Falling in love with Keswick Mill (2016-2019)

Juju tells about her home, Keswick Mill near Norwich, its history, surroundings and what it’s like to live in a mill. First view of the mill I live here in Keswick Mill with my husband David Vail and my two adult children. I’m Canadian, but have lived in the UK for over 30 years, all […]

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Farming the Marshes (1938 – 2018)

Richard comes from a family of farmers. He tells us about his life working on his farm on the marshes at Langley. I was born at Lower Farm, Carleton St Peter in 1938.  I had one older and two younger sisters. My father started farming at Low Farm Ashby where he kept pigs and cattle, […]

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Float my boat (1954-2017)

Ivor has worked in the Broads boatbuilding industry. He talks about building wooden boats and using his skills to volunteer at the Museum of the Broads. I was born at home in North Walsham in 1939.  I don’t recall a lot about the early days during wartime, except there were always explosions, planes flying over at […]

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Following the cow’s tale (1960-2018)

John was the herd manager at Billockby Farms and still works for the farm in a part-time capacity on Martham Island (Heigham Holmes) I was born in Wisbech in 1944. Father was a grocery shop manager; we lived on the edge of town, so we were town people as such. Then in 1951 father moved […]

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Four generations of marshmen and reedcutters (1950s-2017)

Generations of Brian’s family have lived on the marshes and worked as marshmen. He tells us about his family and his own life growing up on the marshes. Generations of marshmen My family has lived on the marshes for generations. My grandfather Reginald Mace was a marshman on the Reedham level and he had a […]

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