Water

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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Ships great and small (1870s to 2018)

Thelma’s family has a strong connection to the boatbuilding industry, including the building of wherries. One particular wherry dear to her heart is the wherry Maud. My grandfather William Henry Hall, a lively lad, his working life My grandfather was called William Henry Hall and he was born in Reedham in Norfolk in 1877. He […]

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Sparkes on wherries (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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Teaching sailing in the 1960s. Hunter’s Yard. (1964 – 2019)

Jean combined her skills as a school teacher and sailing instructor, at Filby and Hunter’s Yard, for some years in the 1960’s I learnt to sail with the Sea Rangers in Norwich and at Whitlingham, at Norwich Amateur Rowing Club, in dinghies, mainly, various types of dinghies. In 1964 I was at Keswick Hall training […]

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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 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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Wherry good times in Norfolk (1970s – 2018)

Brenda recounts the evolution of pleasure wherries on the Norfolk Broads and shares her knowledge of the training required for traditional wherry sailing. I don’t know if I qualify as a Norfolk person to talk about the marshes with any authority because I didn’t come here until I was 35. I’m more of a Kent/Sussex […]

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