Norfolk Marshes

From the Old House (1930-2019)

Mrs Jacquetta Cator of the Old House in Ranworth tells of her children growing up by and on the Broads, legends and stories about the house, which has a very special atmosphere, and her role as a magistrate. My father was Member of Parliament for Sunderland, his family came from there. Then he went to […]

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Gamekeeper and conservationist (1960s – 2018)

After being a part time gamekeeper on the Strumpshaw Hall estate Joe had the opportunity to become a full time game keeper at Buckenham, he describes the duties and responsibilities involved with this role. Early life and an introduction to wildlife I was born in Globe Lane, Blofield and went to Blofield School. Mr Matticks […]

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Growing up on the Broads (1950s – 1980s)

Rex is a member of a Norfolk Broads boatbuilding family and he spent his working life in the boatbuilding industry on the Broads.  My grandfather was Ernest Woods, who originated in Yarmouth, but then he went to Cantley where he had a small boatyard. In 1908 he designed and built the Yare and Bure One […]

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I am part of the Marshes (1930s-2016)

Gloria was born in Halvergate in the 1930s. She talks about the way of life on the marshes then and now. I was born in Halvergate, which is right on the edge of the marshes, in 1934. I lived in one of three cottages down the bottom end of a road called The City and […]

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Innovation in boat building (1960s – 2019)

Alan, proprietor of Goodchild Marine, had early ambitions to run his own business. He speaks with WISEArchive about the work and thinking behind the business, and also covers the development of a boat, creating innovations, and his approach to remaining competitive. Starting out I grew up Great Yarmouth and Caister-on-Sea, and went to school in […]

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Keeping the waterways clear (1960s – 2018)

Vic tells us about his working life on the water, and that his most satisfying and enjoyable times were spent on the steamboat, on the dredger. My first job was at Boulton & Paul’s on the riveting floors, they made steel girders and all things like that. I’d be about sixteen then. I used to […]

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Laughter brings life to the marshes (1930s-2017)

Bill lived and worked on the marshes in Norfolk all his life. He talks about all the jobs involved and the changes that took place during that time. I was born in Reedham in 1927 and started school at Burgh St Peter when I was about four or five, as my father worked on the […]

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