More of the photographs taken by Donald Shields c1910
Dinghy on Barton” One of the skippers is at the helm as some of the party sail round Barton in Bertha’s lugsailed tender.
“Moonlight” Another photograph taken on Barton Broad.
“Ashing in Dinghy” Preparing the dinghy whilst underway.
“On Sandhills by E” This was taken by one of the other members of the group as Donald Shields can be seen second from the left. A trip to the beach - possibly Horsey, Waxham or Sea Paling.
“Lunch on Beach” A picnic lunch was presumably taken along by the party.
“Asleep on Beach” The party relax after their lunch.
“Bathing” A wonderful shot of the chaps on the fore peak after their morning bathe. Swimming costumes were rarely worn and gentlemen were advised to bathe before 8.00am to spare the blushes of any ladies who may be present or nearby. Ladies were not supposed to emerge from their cabins before this time.
“Laurie with Skippers” A great photograph of the two attendants sailing Bertha.
“Long of it” One of the group poses for Donald’s camera.
“Long & Short of it” Another take on the same theme.
“C Havers on Lookout” Quite what the chap at the bottom of the picture is doing, I’m not sure!
“At Church” I believe that this is the entrance to St. Helen’s Church at Ranworth.
“Skippers & Friend” Another lovely photograph of the crew. Presumably they gave a friend a lift on this day - or were making a couple of shillings from a fare paying passenger!
“Group with Skippers” The friends pose with the skippers.
“Skippers with Jalney” One of the group enjoying a beer with the crew beside what almost look like fish baskets? I wonder whether the two attendants were related as they do seem to share some similar facial features. I have been unable to pinpoint the location so far.
“Wherry sail up” The group onboard the wherry Bertha at Potter Heigham. “Dutch Tutch” can be seen in the background. This had originally been part of the helter skelter which stood at the entrance to Britannia Pier in Great Yarmouth. When the pier caught fire in 1909, the helter skelter also sustained damage. Part of it was moved to Potter Heigham in 1910 where the base became a holiday cottage whilst the top was placed in the garden to be used as an outside toilet.
“Allen on his boat” Donalds great-nephew, John Jollivet, thinks that this may have been a relative on his great grandmother’s side of the family.
“All in a row, Horning” It appears that the party made their way back to Horning where they met up with their wives for a regatta. This photograph was taken on the lawn of the Swan Hotel at Horning.
“Ladies in Cabin, Wickes” Another photograph taken in Bertha’s saloon with afternoon tea laid out on the table.
“Ladies in Cabin, & Gladys” Looking along the table in the opposite direction in the saloon. The ghostly lady, second on the right, has her elbow resting on a small wherry piano. Above the piano is a framed set of photographs which show four previous holidays taken by the R.A.O.I. group. Note the beer bottles lined up behind the basket!
“Ladies on Cabin, Fanny laughing” Everybody lined up on the cabin roof to watch the regatta, which I think is probably at Horning c1910. Fanny, at the front of the picture, was Archie Shields wife.
“Bungalow boat in front” Riverside bungalows on the River Bure at Wroxham. At this time, planning permission was not needed and you could build wherever you wanted to. During the Edwardian era, many holiday cottages began to appear at various locations around the Norfolk Broads - most notably at Potter Heigham, Wroxham and Horning on the northern rivers.
“Spain’s Bungalow” This is actually “The Glade” on the River Bure at Wroxham which featured in several postcards of the time. Lying off Beech Road, this area of the village was developed during the very early years of the 20th century. The land had been part of the Wroxham House estate which was owned by the Humfrey’s, but as the appeal of holidays in Broadland increased they sold off parcels of land and several ornate holiday bungalows with boatsheds and lagoons were built.
“Bungalow with Houseboat” Another of the riverside bungalows lying off Beech Road at Wroxham. Interestingly, the houseboat appears to be the same one which featured in Donald Shields earlier collection of photographs from 1903.
“Fore Peak Going Home, by E” The group pose on the fore peak at the end of their holiday - Wroxham Bridge can be seen in the background. Donald Shields is seen in the centre of the picture holding a straw boater.
“Our Waggon” The last photograph from this collection shows the group on board a horse drawn cart, presumably bound for the Wroxham and Hoveton railway station. The array of masts lined up in the background beautifully illustrates the popularity of Wroxham as a starting and finishing point for sailing holidays during this era.