I was recently given a small collection of historic Norfolk Broads books and memorabilia by Mal and Christine Richardson who kindly gave me permission to auction them to raise funds for the Broadland Memories website. I’ve had a rummage through my own collection and pulled out a few duplicate books and a couple of other Broads related items to add to the fund raising efforts and have listed all the items on Ebay this week.
Amongst the books on offer is a very nice copy of the 1892 2nd edition of Ernest Suffling’s Land of the Broads guide to the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads which gives a wonderful insight into boating holidays in the region during the late Victorian era. Through Broadland on a Breydon Punt, written by John Knowlittle (AKA the Great Yarmouth naturalist and author Arthur Henry Patterson) was published in 1920 and is s a highly recommended and entertaining read. It recounts his lengthy trip around the Broads in a converted punt, camping under awning, introducing some of the colourful characters he meets along the way. Yachting on the Broads – A New and Practical Book on How to Conduct a Cruise on The Norfolk Broads was published in 1923 by Oulton Broad boatyard owner Leo Robinson, whist Black Sailed Traders is a 1961 copy of Roy Clark’s indispensable history of the keels and wherries of the Norfolk Broads. There is also a rather nice c1900 Jarrolds Map of the Broads printed on cloth, along with a selection of more modern books and booklets covering a variety of aspects of the region’s history.
One of the rarer lots is a beautiful pair of metal buttons which once adorned the blazer of a member of the Yare Sailing Club. These must be pre 1908, which is when it became the Yare & Bure Sailing Club, and are certainly something I’ve never seen before. From my own collection is one of the 1960s enamel boatyard pennant badges which have become quite sought after in recent years. This particular one is for the Ferry Boatyard at Horning.
Finally, I have decided to sell on the original 16mm film copy of the wonderful 1960 Hoseasons promotional film “Broadland Panorama” which I bought and had transferred for Broadland Memories earlier this year. These films just don’t come up for sale very often at all, in fact this is the only copy I have seen. It’s in really good condition, having come from a film library. The opening price recoups what I paid for it and includes UK postage, although it would be nice if this scarce film fetched a little more. It’s a fabulous piece of local history and I’ll throw in a copy of the film on DVD for the purchaser too. If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch the film here: https://youtu.be/s_1QgxpfbYw
My thanks to the Richardsons for their extremely kind gesture.
Update 16/11/2016: Many thanks to everyone who placed bids on the itmes which were up for auction. After paying the various fees involved, the total profit raised for Broadland Memories was £245. 57 which is a wonderful boost for website funds.