Life & Childhood on the marshes

I am part of the Marshes (1930s-2016)

Gloria was born in Halvergate in the 1930s. She talks about the way of life on the marshes then and now. I was born in Halvergate, which is right on the edge of the marshes, in 1934. I lived in one of three cottages down the bottom end of a road called The City and […]

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Notes from a Breydon Houseboat (1946-2021)

Dick tells about his love of Breydon Water, becoming a wildfowler, and being involved with the National Wildfowl Counts. I was born in Britannia Barracks in Norwich in 1946. The barracks was the home of the 4th Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment and my dad was the resident engineer. I had always had an interest […]

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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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Story of an Irstead boy (1930s-2018)

Alan describes family life growing up on the marshes, in a cottage in Irstead. His uncle was a marshman. Life in the cottage I had grandmother, aunts and uncles, and we all lived together in a cottage in Irstead. We didn’t have electricity or running water, but we had a lovely coal fire all year […]

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Swans in the kitchen (1950-2017)

John tells of life on the Norfolk marshes – wildlife, wildfowling and the characters who lived there. Life on the Marshes I moved from Cambridge to Brundall in about 1950. I lived in a little house which was next to the Lackford Run which is the stream that runs through from the River Yare and […]

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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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