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The following photos were taken by Neil Lambton during holidays taken on the Broads in the 1980s. You can see more of Neil’s photographs in the 1990s Gallery.

Hunsett Mill 1980s

The chocolate box view of Hunsett Mill on the River Ant near Stalham that many will remember - taken in the 1980s. The old mill house has been the subject of a rather controversial restoration in recent years and now bears little resemblance to this idyllic scene.

Wiluna at Horning 1980s

Approaching “Wiluna” at Horning - also dating from the late 1980s.

Acle Bridge c1989

Acle Bridge c1989. On the right you can see Alan Johnson’s boatyard - the hire fleet were sold to the Richardson's/ New Horizon group at the end of the 1992 season. The bridge was built in 1931 and had replaced the original, three arched stone structure - this itself was replaced by a new road bridge c1996.  

Acle c1989

U858 “Moon Light” from Belaugh Boats, pictured passing Alan Johnson’s yard at Acle in 1989.

Fishing at Coltishall in 1988

Neil indulging in a spot of angling at Coltishall Anchor moorings in 1988. Behind him is N694 “Kingfisher” which was hired from Maffett Cruisers of Loddon - the cost of hiring this Alphacraft DC30 in 1988 was between £156 and £260 per week.

Kingfisher moored at Beccles 1988

Another photograph of “Kingfisher” seen moored at Aston Boats yard at Beccles in 1988.

Oulton Broad 1980s

The Wherry Hotel at Oulton Broad pictured in the late 1980s with every mooring spot occupied!

Geldeston Locks Inn 1986

Another view of the Locks Inn at Geldeston, taken by Neil in 1986.

Cantley 1988

Another of Maffett Cruiser’s fleet, a Broom DC30 “Nightingale” registration number D192, moored alongside the sugar beet factory at Cantley in 1988.

Maffett's Harlequin c1989

Maffett’s “Harlequin” S592 pictured in 1989. Harlequin was a Freeman 30 which began life as “Ambassador 3” with the Norfolk Broads Yachting Company.

Stacking Reed on the Norfolk Broads c1989

A wonderful photograph of a reed cutter at work stacking bundles of reeds on the riverbank - believed to have been taken on the River Yare c1989.

Norwich Yacht Station 1989

D700 “Mandarin” moored at Norwich Yacht Station in 1989. Another of Maffett Cruisers hire fleet, Mandarin was one of the sister ships to Nightingale which is pictured further above. The cost of a weeks hire for these boats in 1989 was between £186 and £310.

St James MIll Norwich 1989

A view of St. James Mill in Norwich which was taken from Whitefriars Bridge in 1989. Built in 1836 by the Norwich Yarn Company on the site of a former Carmelite (White Friars) monastery, this grade 2 listed building is now owned by Jarrold and Sons and houses their head office and training centre.

Another batch of photographs from the Aylott Family Collection, this time dating from 1985 when Rob Aylott holidayed with school friends on Juliette 2 from the Martham Boat Development Company boatyard. More photographs from the family can be found in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s galleries, links to which can be found on the main photo index page.

Judith 1 at Wroxham in 1985

A671 “Judith 1”, from the Martham Boat Development Company, pictured upstream of Wroxham Bridge in 1985.

Judith 1 at Wroxham in 1985

Another photograph of “Judith I” at Wroxham in 1985.

Posing onboard Juliette II in 1985 The galley of Juliette II

On board A872 “Juliette II” in 1985.

The galley in the bow of “Juliette II”

Cruising on the Norfolk Broads in 1985

Cruising on the Norfolk Broads in 1985 on board Juliette II.

Horning 1985

The crew of Juliette II, pictured at Horning. Is think this must be the Chumley & Hawke boatyard?

Approaching Potter Heigham Bridge in 1985

The Potter Heigham bridge pilot is seen at the helm on the approach to the medieval bridge.  

Potter Heigham Bridge in 1985

Tight fit! The last of Rob’s photographs from 1985 is a wonderful illustration of just how good the bridge pilots at Potter Heigham are, as Juliette II enters the central arch.

Golden Galleon on Breydon Water 1980

Another small collection from Mick Middleton who has been visiting the Norfolk Broads since 1958. A selection of Mick’s photographs from the 1950s to 1970s can be found in the relevant gallery sections of the website and are linked to on the main photo index page.


The ex-Admiralty Fairmile B ML-162 “Golden Galleon” passenger boat passes the Middleton family as they cross Breydon Water in August 1980.

Salhouse Broad 1980s

Setting the crew to work cleaning the family Freeman 22 at Salhouse in the early 1980s.

The Broads Floating Food Market 1980s

The “Broads Floating Food Market” provisions boat, pictured at Salhouse Broad in the 1980s. The boat itself began life as T344 “Fulmar 12” which had been built by R. Richardson Pleasure Craft at Stalham, renamed “Pacesetter 5” in 1969, it left their hire fleet at some point in the 1980s

Oulton Broad 1981

The Middleton family, pictured at Oulton Broad in July 1981, celebrating the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Royal visit to OUlton BRoads in 1985

The last of Mick’s photographs was also taken at Oulton Broad and shows the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh inside the royal car during a visit in 1985.

Next Prev Royal visit to OUlton BRoads in 1985

Mick’s photograph of the Queen’s visit to Oulton Broad in 1985 reminded me that I had two photographs taken during the same royal visit by Oulton Broad resident Brian Powell. Above, the crowds have gathered in Nicholas Everitt Park to greet her Majesty and Prince Philip.

Royal visit to OUlton BRoads in 1985

Another photograph of the Queen’s visit to Oulton Broad in 1985, taken by Brian Powell.