Water

Changing times at Cox’s boatyard (1970s-2018)

Eric talks about his life with boats and the history of Cox’s boatyard on Barton Broad, Norfolk In my early life my father was a great sailor. He used to sail a lot of the little dinghies around the Broads with his brother and then he taught me how to sail in the good old […]

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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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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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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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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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Ludham Bridge to the Museum of the Broads (1960s-2019)

Robert is a founder of the Museum of the Broads in Stalham, Norfolk. The museum is perhaps one of the Broads’ best kept secrets, but a lot of effort is going into marketing to extend the reach of this resource. Robert’s family ran businesses at Ludham Bridge, with chandlery, swap shop and a boatyard, doing […]

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