Another collection of photographs from the Broadland Memories archives. This set feature two holidays taken on the Broads by a group of friends in the mid 1920s. Sadly, I know nothing about the people featured here but the first holiday was dated to June 1925 and was aboard the sailing cruiser “Commodore” which was hired from Jack Powles boatyard at Wroxham (ex Alfred Collins). The second set are undated, but presumably a year or two later when the group hired “Pintail” from W.S. Parker at Oulton Broad.
This is the holiday cottage “Womack Bungalow” which, according to Blakes 1929 Yachting List, was built in 1924. It was described as being “A nice five-room riverside furnished bungalow. Containing three bedrooms, one sitting room, kitchen. Rooms are about 12ft square except kitchen, which is slightly smaller and fitted with cooking range. Long veranda. Radiators in all rooms.” In 1929 it cost £7 10 shillings for a week’s hire in the height of summer.
I haven’t been able to identify the location here but it’s an interesting photo with the trading wherry on the right and what looks like a counter sterned pleasure wherry on the left.
The crew having a meal in the aft cabin/saloon. Foodstuffs could be ordered from stores local to the boatyard in advance of the holiday and would be delivered to the yard. Hirers were advised that supplies of fresh meats, dairy products and other foodstuffs may not readily be sourced during the holiday and a list of suggested stores to order included a selection of tinned meats, tinned cheese and condensed milk. Jack Robinson’s “Broadland Yachting” guide to sailing on the Broads, published in 1921, advised that boating parties should allow “one loaf of bread for each person and one for the ship; this gives you a reserve supply of the staff of life, and will often prevent you having to wander miles across a marsh to beg of some housewife half a loaf of bread, if you should be stranded miles away from a shop.”
The skipper and one of the crew onboard Commodore. It looks like a wide stretch of river here and I wonder whether this is the Bure just up from Thurne Mouth, with the mill seen in the background being St Benet’s Level Mill?
The same crew member poses for the camera again.
Another crew member portrait shot.
Boatshed at an unknown location, also photographed in 1925.
Approaching Swan Corner at Horning in 1925.
Ludham village centre. The shop seen on the right became Knacky Knights saddlers shop and is now home to the Alfresco Tearooms.
A rowing/sailing dinghy was included within the hire price. I wonder whether this may have been taken at Potter Heigham.
Another unknown location from the 1925 holiday.
Commodore pictured from across the river.
Drinks in hand, the crew are photographed whilst underway.
The end of the Pleasure Boat dyke at Hickling.
Another river scene from 1925.
“From the introduction to Jack Robinson’s Broadland Yachting: “What distinguishes the sailing here, is the fact that from the rarity of rising ground, the yachts of pleasure seekers can be observed for miles, or they may be seen quite near as the crow flies, but miles asunder if they have to be reached by water, Visitors, in fact, will often be surprised by the winding course of the rivers.”
Another river view taken whilst underway in 1925.
A fairly breezy day by the look of it!
The River Bure with St Benet’s Abbey seen in the background.
This appears to be the wherry yacht Olive, passage being assisted with the aid of a quant pole.
The boating party and skipper onboard the yacht “Commodore” at Wroxham in 1925. Commodore was 38ft in length and slept 7 people in two cabins.
Another shot of some of the holiday party prior to departure from Wroxham.
Commodore was built in 1923 and Blake’s boating brochure described her as having “every convenience for boarding and sleeping” with the interior being fitted out in mahogany.
The fore cabin was presumably meant for the ladies, it had three berths, a washbasin and wardrobe, and was accessible via a companionway, with a toilet compartment between the two cabins. There was no galley as such but there was a stove in the forepeak where the skipper’s berth was located. It was the attendants responsibility to sail the boat, keep it clean and do the cooking.
Whilst the attendant’s wages were included in the hire fee, Blakes 1929 yachting list mentions that hirer’s had the option of either allowing him the berth onboard and pay him 10 shillings towards his refreshments, or they could pay him £1 15 shillings to cover accommodation and food elsewhere.
Another lovely photograph of the crew and skipper on board Commodore.
This looks as though it was probably taken on Wroxham Broad.