A small set of photographs from the Pleasants Family. Geoffrey Pleasants was the landlord of the Kings Head Hotel at Wroxham between 1948 and 1956. From there he moved to the Maltsers where he was the proprietor until 1962. He also took on the lease of the original Wayford Bridge Arms in 1957, purchasing from the Steward & Patteson brewery when it was de-licensed in 1967 to make way for the new Woodfarm Inn (now the Wayford Bridge Hotel) in 1967. It was from the site of the old Wayford Bridge Arms that Geoffrey began hiring out boats under the name of Allweather Boats, going into partnership with John Linford in 1967 to form the Wayford Bridge Boat Company. This selection of photographs dates from his time at the Kings Head in Wroxham.
The back bar of the Kings Head Hotel at Hoveton/Wroxham c1950.
Whilst he was landlord of the Kings Head, Geoffrey Pleasants hired out motor launches and rowing boats. This photograph shows some of those, undercover in the boathouse at the hotel. Doug Pleasants identified A549 “Harlequin” and A550 “Columbine” which were apparently built for him by Jack Powles.
A549 “Harlequin” pictured at the Kings Head Hotel in Hoveton with the boatshed seen in the background.
Another photograph of A549 “Harlequin” at the Kings Head. The day boats moved to the Maltsters at Ranworth with the Pleasants family, and later to Wayford Bridge.
One of the Broads Tours passenger launches pictured at Wroxham c1957.