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1950s Photo Gallery

Filling up with water 1954

The first of a series of photographs donated by the Marchant family of their holidays in the 1950s. Filling up with fresh water using a hand pump in 1954.

Cruising on the Norfolk Broads 1954

Two generations of the Marchant family enjoying a cruise in 1954.

Thurne Dyke MIll 1954 Hickling Pleasure Boat Inn 1957

The drainage mill at Thurne dyke pictured in 1954.

The Pleasure Boat Inn at Hickling in 1957.

The River Bure 1957

This picture was taken on the river Bure approaching the village of Horning in 1957.

Horning 1957

This picture is believed to have been taken in Horning in 1957.

Hickling 1957

A row of beautiful timber cruisers moored in the dyke at Hickling Pleasure Boat Inn in 1957. Amongst those pictured are A829 “Vestina 1” built by E.C.Landamores and, moored behind it, A379 “Rossmore” from R.Moore & sons of Wroxham.

Ranworth 1957

“Vestina 1”, seen moored on the right, at Ranworth in 1957.

Horning Ferry Inn 1959 Malthouse Broad 1959

The Ferry Inn at Horning pictured in 1959. The thatched roof was destroyed by a fire in 1965 and was replaced with a tiled roof. A “Vesta” from Landamores of Wroxham can be seen moored in front.

Sailing cruisers on Malthouse Broad in 1959. The motor cruiser seen disappearing off screen to the right is A292 “Bairnmore” which is still in existence on the Broads today.

The following photographs were kindly submitted by Ron Harrison who fell in love with The Norfolk Broads on his first boating holiday in 1955. You can read Ron’s accompanying holiday tale here.

Oulton Broad Railway Station 1955

The eager holidaymakers arrive at Oulton Broad South railway station in 1955.

Richardson's boatyard Oulton Broad 1955

The crew pictured sitting on their boat for the week, “Wayfarer” from Richardson's boatyard 1955.

Wayfarer 1955

W176 “Wayfarer” moored at an unknown location in 1955.

Beccles 1955

A quiet scene taken at Beccles in 1955.

Sailing at Reedham 1955

Sailing the dinghy on the River Yare at Reedham.

Salhouse Broad 1955

“Wayfarer” moored at Salhouse Broad.

Salhouse Broad 1955

Messing around in “Wayfarer’s” dinghy on Salhouse Broad in 1955.

Golden Galleon 1955

The famous passenger cruiser “Golden Galleon” pictured in 1955.  This was an ex-Royal Navy FairnileB  (ML-162) which carried thousands of passengers over the years that it operated from Great Yarmouth.

Lord Nelson Reedham 1956

More from Ron Harrison's collection of photographs taken during his holidays in the 1950s.This shows the Lord Nelson public house at Reedham in 1956. You can read more of Ron’s memories of Broadland holidays in the 1950s here.

Lord Nelson Reedham 1956

The crew of “Fairwind 1” enjoy an evening in The Lord Nelson 1956.

Lord Nelson Reedham 1956

Another picture taken inside the Lord nelson. Ron remembers that he and his crew would often have a “sing-song” in the Broadland pubs if a piano was present, encouraging locals and other holidaymakers to join in.

Lord Nelson Reedham 1956

Another interior shot of the Lord Nelson at Reedham as the party continues!

Lord Nelson Reedham 1956

The final shot taken at the Lord Nelson in September 1956.

Geldeston 1956

A282 “Fairwind 1” moored at Geldeston in 1956. The boat cost £35 to hire for a week in September of that year.

Salhouse Broad 1956

Highland cattle at Salhouse Broad in 1956.

Four of Hearts 1957

Y404 “Four Of Hearts” from Hearts Cruisers at Thorpe which cost £37 5s for a weeks hire in September of 1957.

Geldeston Locks Inn 1957

The inside of the Locks Inn at Geldeston in September 1957. The Locks had no electricity and was often cut off by floods at certain times of the year. The pub was lit at night by candles which were placed on every surface, a tradition which still continues today although a generator was installed in more recent years to provide power.

Geldeston Locks Inn 1957

Another picture taken inside the Locks Inn - note the many candles on the wall and mantlepiece.

Geldeston Locks Inn 1957

Susan Ellis, landlady of the Locks Inn, jots down the drink orders on her notepad. There was no bar at the pub, Susan would take her notepad out to a back room to collect the drinks for her customers.

Thorpe St Andrew 1957

River Green at Thorpe St Andrew pictured in 1957.

Challenger 39 1958

“Challenger 39” from A.D.Truman’s yard at Oulton Broad pictured in 1958. The cost of a weeks hire in May was £44 10s.

Fairwind 1959

The last of Ron Harrisons photos from his 1950s holidays -A290 “Fairwind 6” moored at an unknown location in 1959.

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