Norfolk Marshes

The marshman’s daughter (1960s – 2019)

Sue recalls her childhood in the 1960’s, growing up on the marshes around Berney Arms and Halvergate. Sue now runs Goodchild Marine with her husband Alan. She is the daughter of Bill Lacey, who recorded his story for WISEArchive in 2017. Life in the early days I was born in my grandma’s house in Reedham, […]

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The Millwright’s Story (1940s to 2000)

Peter began work at F. Flowerdew and Son in Norwich aged 16 in 1944 and trained as an agricultural engineer before becoming a millwright. He worked all over Norfolk and many parts of East Anglia. First Jobs My family had got connections with farming and I’d spent all my holidays working on the farm.  In […]

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The Norfolk animal health officer (1954 -1996)

Eddie’s childhood was spent in the Marshes. He was born during the war, in April 1941, at home in Bradwell. His father was in the fire service so he was often out and about and not at home much but Eddie had a happy childhood. Bradwell was a very rural area in those days compared […]

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The Norfolk Boatbuilder (1950s-2019)

Mike volunteers at the Museum of the Broads at Stalham, after a long career as a boatbuilder and carpenter for Norfolk firms and nationally. He learned his trade after World War II, having worked on airborne lifeboats in the Navy. He is Vice President of the Norfolk Wherry Trust, recognising his work for them which […]

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The Norfolk Potter (1999 – 2019)

Potter Pat works in an old thatcher’s yard in Salhouse, Norfolk. She uses local silt in her work, follow the process of cleansing the Broads, her work becoming lighter and brighter, with a sense of water moving and times changing.  I was brought up in Hellesdon and went to Firside primary school, I stayed in […]

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The story of Bee’s Boats, Brundall (1950s – 2018)

 When Trevor was young he wanted to be a boat builder but living in the middle of Norwich there was no opportunity to get to a boatyard.  However, when his family left the pub business they moved out to Brundall and established Bee’s Boats. I was born 72 years ago on the Catton Grove estate, […]

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The Wherry Yacht Charter Story (1950s – 2019)

Peter grew up on the Norfolk Broads before starting his career on the railways at Wroxham Station. He later went on to teach at Cromer Secondary Modern School before collecting wherries. Peter is one of the founders of the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust. Growing up on the Broads I’ve lived in Wroxham since about […]

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