Norfolk Marshes

Preserving the fish stock (1980s-2019)

Steven spent many years visiting the Norfolk Broads to pursue his love of pike fishing. He moved there permanently six years ago and runs a tackle shop. He is very involved with preserving the fishing stock, in particular pike, for future generations. I was born in Luton in 1960, my parents both worked in the […]

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Ranger, farmer and knackerman (1970s- 2018)

After leaving school Edgar went to work for the family business which was farming and knackering, he worked all over East Anglia. I started working when I was fourteen and a half straight from secondary school, with my father in the family business which is farming and knackering. I got to work all over East […]

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Reedham Ferry and Cantley Sugar Beet Factory (1958-2016)

Keith moved to Reedham from Freethorpe when he was four years old and lived there for 70 years. He spent his entire school life at Reedham School. In those days you stayed at your primary school, because the secondary moderns didn’t actually open until the year after he finished school. Learning to swim The headmaster […]

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Sailing into Education (Hunters Yard) (1950s – 2019)

Les  worked in education for much of his life, and for some years was very involved in establishing the Norfolk Schools Sailing Association, and the purchase of Hunter’s Yard for Norfolk Education Committee. I was born in Derby in 1930 and I’m told I cried for my first boat when I was about two. Of […]

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Sailing is what I do (1960s – 2019)

Jamie has always sailed and had an interest in sailing. Over the years he has become more interested in maritime heritage. I was born in South London, but my parents moved to Suffolk and then to Norwich. In 1956 we had a new house on Eaton Rise, most of which was just open land then, […]

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Sailor, farmer, river inspector (1939-1980s)

Tim talks to us about being a sailor in World War Two, a farmer in Suffolk and becoming a river inspector on the Yare and the Waveney in 1962. My father worked as a clerk for a firm in the London Stock Exchange and when I was about 13, he asked me if I’d like […]

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Seven years a trapper – the coypu story

  Paul talks about his life as a coypu trapper, working on the marshes and the ten year eradication programme.  When I left school I wanted to be a gamekeeper, but unfortunately gamekeeper positions were few and far between. I applied for quite a few. I even applied for one on the Duke of Buccleugh’s […]

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