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.
Two generations of the Marchant family enjoying a cruise in 1954.
The drainage mill at Thurne dyke pictured in 1954.
The Pleasure Boat Inn at Hickling in 1957.
This picture was taken on the river Bure approaching the village of Horning in 1957.
This picture is believed to have been taken in Horning in 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.
“Vestina 1”, seen moored on the right, at Ranworth in 1957.
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.
The eager holidaymakers arrive at Oulton Broad South railway station in 1955.
The crew pictured sitting on their boat for the week, “Wayfarer” from Richardson's boatyard 1955.
W176 “Wayfarer” moored at an unknown location in 1955.
A quiet scene taken at Beccles in 1955.
Sailing the dinghy on the River Yare at Reedham.
“Wayfarer” moored at Salhouse Broad.
Messing around in “Wayfarer’s” dinghy on Salhouse Broad in 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.
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.
The crew of “Fairwind 1” enjoy an evening in The Lord Nelson 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.
Another interior shot of the Lord Nelson at Reedham as the party continues!
The final shot taken at the Lord Nelson in September 1956.
A282 “Fairwind 1” moored at Geldeston in 1956. The boat cost £35 to hire for a week in September of that year.
Highland cattle at Salhouse Broad in 1956.
Y404 “Four Of Hearts” from Hearts Cruisers at Thorpe which cost £37 5s for a weeks hire in September of 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.
Another picture taken inside the Locks Inn - note the many candles on the wall and mantlepiece.
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.
River Green at Thorpe St Andrew pictured in 1957.
“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.
The last of Ron Harrisons photos from his 1950s holidays -A290 “Fairwind 6” moored at an unknown location in 1959.