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The following set of 34 photographs are taken from an album which I believe dates from c1900 -
“Yacht Test at Bramerton” – Two of the holiday party pictured on board ‘Test’ whilst moored at Bramerton. Test was built and hired by G. Hazell at Thorpe St Andrew and was described as: “A handsome craft, light draught, being specially built for these waters”. She was a large yacht at 50ft in length, divided in to three cabins and sleeping six to eight people plus attendants if required. The 8ft long saloon was fitted with velvet pile cushions, a piano, hanging lamp, locker and drawers under two berths. The fore and aft cabins were 7ft in length, fitted with washstands with large mirrors above, the fore cabin having two single berths, the aft cabin two double berths. The crew’s quarters were found in the forepeak which also housed the cooking stove and kitchen utensils.
“Bramerton Woods” -
“Cottage near Whitlingham” – instantly recognisable as the little cottage which sits near the former May Gurney site at the bottom of Griffin Lane at Thorpe St Andrew. The cottage was originally built as a summer house c1861 by James Hobrough whose engineering works occupied the site at that time – it had a single, ground floor room fitted with a fireplace, with a loft room accessed by ladder. The cottage was later occupied by the Fox family (c1901) who added an extension containing a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and veranda. Presumably, this photograph was taken shortly before the family moved in and those extensions were added. The large building that you can see in the background was the County Asylum. John Fox, former wherryman and site foreman, was living in the cottage up until 1998. The Grade II listed building was deteriorating rapidly due to repeated flooding and the decision was made to move the cottage about 400 meters upstream to higher ground, where it sits today. In 2016, plans were put forward to move the cottage to a new home on the River Green at Thorpe St Andrew. Watch this space!
“Brundall” – This was the yard of boatbuilder Henry Augustus Little at Brundall. In 1898, he formed the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company with Frank Chambers, headmaster of Charterhouse School. At a time when Brundall was known for the building of some highly successful racing yachts which were handicapped according to a rating formula, Chambers (a mathematics master) brought with him the ability to design boats which enhanced speed without incurring penalties under that rating system. The Norfolk Broads Yachting Company also built yachts and pleasure wherries for the hire market and established further yards at Potter Heigham and Wroxham.
“The Britannia at Brundall” – ‘Britannia’ was part of the Collins fleet at Wroxham. She was a six berth, cutter rigged yacht, 34ft 6in in length with an 8ft 6in stern deck which provided a great area where the holiday party to cruise in comfort whilst admiring the scenery. Fitted with all the modern luxuries of the time, she was a handsome craft. The price for a week’s hire, including attendant, in August 1908 was £6.
“Steamboat passing Brundall” – This was ‘The Waterfly’ passenger steamer which was owned and operated by John Long, farmer and founder of Long’s Dairies at Great Yarmouth. Long commissioned the steamer to be built by Fellows shipyard at Southtown in Great Yarmouth and she was launched in 1894 with a license to carry 274 passengers. From her moorings at North Quay, The Waterfly ran trips between Yarmouth and Norwich during the summer months up until the outbreak of was in 1914. She must have been quite a striking site on the Broads as it is believed that her hull was painted bright red.
“W.L.J. sailing Test” – The holiday party on board ‘Test’. There seems o be no evidence of an attendant on board during this trip, so we can presume that W.L.J. was an accomplished sailor. The accuracy of the locations in his captions indicate that they may well have known the area quite well.
“Yacht Caprice near Wroxham” – “Caprice” was one of the racing yachts built by the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company, believed to have been launched c1900. This was captioned as having been taken near Wroxham, but the river looks a little wide to me and I wonder if this is actually taken on The Yare.
“Returning from Fishing Competition” – an unknown location here and no clues in the background.
“House at Reedham” – This house stands a little downstream from Reedham Bridge.
“Cottage near Reedham” – This is Seven Mile House on the River Yare between Reedham and the Berney Arms, so named because it lies about seven miles from Great Yarmouth. In his 1903 guide the The Norfolk Broads, William Dutt provided this evocative description of the journey between Reedham and Breydon: “Below the village The Yare flows between wide marshlands dotted with windmills, and , in summer, with cattle; where the only human habitations are those with cattle tenders and marshmen; where the heron fishes undisturbed for hours together, and a man may wander all day and hear no voices except those of sedge warblers, larks, and meadow pipits.”
“Restless on the Waveney” – ‘Restless’ appears to have been cruising in company with ‘Test’ for the holiday. She was a 6 ton cutter which slept six and would have been hired from Wroxham. I suspect the passenger steamer seen here would have been ‘The Pride of The Yare’, sister ship to well known ‘The Queen of the Broads”.
“Restless on the Waveney” – Another photograph of ‘Restless’ taken on the River Waveney.
“Oulton Broad” – Oulton Broad which had become a hugely popular destination for boating parties and land based holidaymakers. Boats of all sizes and description could be hired from the various boatyards, hotels etc., found here and accommodation ranged from simple lodgings in the room of a house or local inn, to well-
“Oulton Broad” – Oulton Broad once again, looking towards Mutford Lock. An interesting one where date is concerned as there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of the new Wherry Hotel yet. Is it possibly the angle, are we between the old and the new buildings, or are these photographs slightly earlier than 1900?
“Oulton Broad” – Another view of Oulton Broad, looking towards the quay where the harbour master’s office now stands. With a date of c1900 on these photos, this is another interesting one date wise as it shows the premises of Everitt’s coal merchants on the quay. The reference I found for this building suggests that it was destroyed by fire in 1900.
“Malt House at Oulton Broad” – In 1903, William Dutt bemoaned what he saw as the over development of Oulton Broad with “red brick villas and castellated houses” along with the “large, ugly malt-