Norfolk Marshes

Life and times at Reedham Ferry (1950s – 2018)

David’s family took over the Reedham Ferry Inn and Reedham Ferry in 1949. He talks us through life working on the ferry and the changes that have occurred over the years. Father had been in the RAF during the War and when he came back to London the family bought this little newsagent shop in […]

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Mariner, river inspector and after (1965-2008)

Mark worked as a River Inspector for the Port and Haven Commissioners and the Broads Authority. He talks about the day-to-day life on the river. Life before the Broads Authority I was one of those children who managed to leave school at the age of 14 because my birthday was in the summer holidays. But […]

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Memories of a river man (1977-2017)

After travelling the world with the Merchant Navy Tony started to work as a river inspector on the Norfolk Broads. He talks about his long and varied career. Since the age of 13 I knew that I wanted to go to sea; I’m an only child and grew up in a Council house and I […]

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Mike Sparkes on the wherry (1951-2019)

Mike grew up by the river in Trowse near Norwich and played on the Whitlingham marshes. His great grandfather was a skipper on the old tar wherries working out of Norwich and his four times great grandfather the master boatbuilder Stephen Field. As archivist for the Norfolk Wherry Trust he tells about the history of […]

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Mission Impossible – coypu catching chronicles (1975-1989)

Ivan shares his memories of his time as a coypu trapper for Coypu Control on the East Anglian marshes. He details some background on coypu, the work involved with trapping, and the wonders of the marshes while working through all weather situations. I was a shopkeeper working 60 odd hours a week for the taxman […]

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My Life with Wherry Maud (1981-2017)

Linda and Vincent took on the raising and restoration of the trading wherry Maud in 1981 and since then Maud has been restored to health. The Wherry Maud Trust and many volunteers help to keep her sailing on the Norfolk rivers and Broads. I was born in Faversham in Kent and when I was four […]

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Nature in the raw (1950s – 2018)

A love of water and a fascination with rivers joining communities inspired Geoff to set up the River Waveney Trust in 2012. I was born in December 1945 after the war had ended and I was actually born in Wisbech so technically I’m a yellow belly. But that was only a temporary hiccup for my […]

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