Water

Mariner, river inspector and after (1965-2008)

Mark worked as a River Inspector for the Port and Haven Commissioners and the Broads Authority. He talks about the day-to-day life on the river. Life before the Broads Authority I was one of those children who managed to leave school at the age of 14 because my birthday was in the summer holidays. But […]

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Memories of a river man (1977-2017)

After travelling the world with the Merchant Navy Tony started to work as a river inspector on the Norfolk Broads. He talks about his long and varied career. Since the age of 13 I knew that I wanted to go to sea; I’m an only child and grew up in a Council house and I […]

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My life with Wherry Maud (1981-2017)

Linda and Vincent took on the raising and restoration of the trading wherry Maud in 1981 and since then Maud has been restored to health. The Wherry Maud Trust and many volunteers help to keep her sailing on the Norfolk rivers and Broads. I was born in Faversham in Kent and when I was four […]

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Nature in the raw (1950s-2018)

A love of water and a fascination with rivers joining communities inspired Geoff to set up the River Waveney Trust in 2012. I was born in December 1945 after the war had ended and I was actually born in Wisbech so technically I’m a yellow belly. But that was only a temporary hiccup for my […]

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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. Hunter’s 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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Sailing through work (1960s-1980s)

Born in Reedham at Ship Cottages next to the river and the swing bridge, Roy left school wanting to work on boats. At age 16 he began an apprenticeship with Bell Boats, Brundall. I was born in January 1942 in Reedham at Ship Cottages next to the river by the Ship Inn and the swing […]

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