Charles Hannaford Paintings

Regular visitors to the Broadland Memories website will have no doubt seen the first few sets of photographs from the Charles Hannaford Collection which I’ve uploaded over the last couple of months. The photographs are a wonderful record of both the Broads Tours business at Wroxham which was owned by him, and also of Broadland in general between the 1920s and 1960s.

There are still quite a few photographs from the collection to add to the website which cover various subjects including some of the Hannaford family photos, images of wherries, mills and sailing on the Broads. As many will remember, Charles Hannaford was also an accomplished watercolour artists and there will also be a section devoted to this aspect of his life. I touched on it briefly last year in the blog post Art, Photography & The Charm of the Norfolk Broads, in which I mentioned the fact that a large number of the photographs he had taken were for use as subject matter for his paintings, many of which were sold via the Broads Tours tearooms. It has been fascinating to be able to match up some of those photographs to his illustrations and paintings as I’ve gone through the collection. Hannafords great-nephew, William Allchin, remembers that Charles was very regimented about his painting and would tour the boatyard on his bicycle in the morning and then return to his studio above the tearoom at 11am on the dot every day. He would have hot milk and rum and then sit and paint for an hour.

I was recently contacted by Neil Witt who told me that his father, Tony, knew Charles Hannaford who regularly sent him a small painting at Christmas time. He sent me photographs of those paintings and has kindly allowed me to share them on Broadland Memories.

There are some very familiar scenes which I recognise as having been drawn from some of the photographs I have.  The above painting shows the footbridge at the entrance to the Porter and Haylett boatyard at Wroxham which stood on the opposite side of the river to the Broads Tours base. The character walking across the bridge and the yacht beyond have been added for more interest, but the inspiration appears to have come from the photograph below.

This is a beautiful little study of a river scene on the Norfolk Broads.

Reflections of a drainage mill in the water. Charles photographed many mills, bridges, boathouses and typical Broadland scenes as props for his paintings.

An atmospheric study showing the view from inside a boat house.

Wherries also featured often in Hannaford’s artwork and in his photographs, both traders and pleasure wherries. More of those to come in future uploads to the website.

My thanks to Neil and Tony Witt for allowing me to share the paintings on here.



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