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Dover Docks c1900 Dover Docks c1900 Twin funneled paddle steamer c1900 Twin funnelled paddle steamer c1900 Four masted sailing barque c1900 Southwold lighthouse c1900 Southwold c1900 Great Yarmouth town hall and quay c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Great Yarmouth yachting station c1900 Wherry on B reydon Water c1900 Horsefen Mill Ludham c1900 Potter Heigham Bridge c1900

This collection of 18 images date from around 1900-1905 and came from another orphaned photograph album which came to me with no background information. They are rather interesting, and a little different, as they appear to show a journey to the Norfolk Broads which began on a steam boat at Folkestone and incorporated a stop at Southwold, either on the way round the east coast, or as a day trip whilst at Yarmouth. As such, I’ve decided to include a few photographs from that journey as it illustrates quite nicely how travel has changed in the intervening years.

I originally thought that the first two photos here were taken at Dover, but my thanks go to Chris Booth for correctly identifying them as being Folkestone Harbour which is where our holiday party appear to have begin their journey to Norfolk. This view looks across the harbour towards the rail line which ran right down to the docking area for steam ships. In the background you can just about see the rail swing bridge which was built in 1893 to allow ships to enter the inner harbour. It had replaced an earlier bridge.

A second photo taken at Folkestone Harbour somewhere between 1900 and 1905. In the background is East Cliff with a Martello tower perched on top, a remnant of defences established during the Napoleonic wars.

One of the large, twin funnelled passenger steam ships which operated out of Folkestone. Whilst Dover had established a regular steam ship crossing to Calais in 1820, the harbour at Folkestone was further developed during the 1840s, and a regular service between Folkestone and Boulogne began operating.

This is presumably the same steam ship, approaching to pass on the starboard side.

A bit blurred, but I’ve included this photo to illustrate how different these times were. This is a four-masted sailing barque which would have carried cargo around the coast and overseas. It’s possible that this may be the ‘Beechbank’, or one of her sister ships, which were owned by the Andrew Weir Shipping and Trading Company of Glasgow. Beechbank mainly transported coal from Newcastle and South Wales. These sailing cargo ships were gradually being superceded by steam ships, Beechbank being sold to a Norwegian company c1913, continuing to carry cargo until she was scrapped in 1924.

This shows Southwold Lighthouse, photographed from the corner of North Parade and St James Green. Is it possible that the trip was broken to pick up one of the Belle Steamers to continue on the Great Yarmouth, or would this have been an excursion whilst they were at Great Yarmouth I wonder. Trinity House began work on building the lighthouse here in 1887, coming in the operation in September 1890. It was initially operated by oil lamps, later replaced by a vapourised petroleum lamp before finally being electrified in 1938.

This was also taken on North Parade at the junction of Dunwich Road in Southwold. The pier would have just been out of site in the distance, over to the right. The pier was built in 1900 and was one of several which were constructed by the coast Development Company, primarily as berthing stations for their “Belle” steamers which plied their way up and down the east coast. A service was certainly in operation between Southwold and Great Yarmouth at this time.

Paddle steamers moored alongside Hall Quay at Great Yarmouth. In the foreground is the ‘Yare’ steamer - I’m unable to make out the name of the one in the middle, but it appears to be the same vessel which is seen in one of Donald Shields photographs taken at Great Yarmouth in 1904 which can be found elsewhere within these pages. The steamer furthest away from the camera is possibly one of the larger “Belle” steamers.

Great Yarmouth Yachting Station, looking upstream, the photographer standing just beyond the White Swan public house and North West Tower. In ‘Broadland Sport’, published in 1902, Nicholas Everitt wrote: “Yachts, boats, punts, steam-launches, and almost every kind of craft may be bought or hired at Yarmouth from many agents, but it is not as good a centre to start from for a sporting cruise as either Oulton Broad, Norwich or Wroxham.

A closer view of the many craft moored at the yachting station. The boat moored on the outside of the two wherries seen here is probably the racing yacht ‘Caprice’ which was also seen in the previous collection of photos.

A large sailing cruiser is photographed heading upstream at Great Yarmouth. There appears to be a name written on the burgee but, sadly, I can’t quite make out what it is.

The first of two images which, I presume, show the gentlemen who were accompanying our photographer on this trip. The chap on the right, in the cap, would probably have been the skipper.

The second photograph of the holiday party and skipper.

Another photograph taken from the moored yacht, looking upstream at the yachting station.

Having set off from the quay, this view looks back downstream towards the North West Tower and suspension bridge.

Apart from the seven photos taken at Great Yarmouth, there were only three others which were taken on the Broads. This shows an unidentified trading wherry, converted for pleasure use, crossing Breydon Water.

This was Horsefen Mill which stood alongside the Ludham bank between the entrance to Womack Dyke and Potter Heigham. The mill was built c1800 and later became known as Goodwin’s Mill after Alfred Goodwin took over the running of it after the First World War. The mill was demolished in the 1950s or 60s and a pumping station can now be found close to where it once stood, opposite the start of the Thurne bungalows which line the Repps bank.

The final photo from this set shows Potter Heigham Bridge, with the Bridge Hotel just seen on the right. Originally called the Waterman’s Arms when it was first built in the 1880s, taking that name from the former inn which stood nearby, by the early 1900s it had been renamed the Bridge Hotel. A photograph showing both the new and old buildings alongside one another can be found within the Pre-1900 gallery pages.