Boatyards

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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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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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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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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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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