Four men in a skiff – Ely to Kings Lynn 1901

Whilst I usually concentrate on photographs and history of the Norfolk Broads, this is a little curio which I picked up for next to nothing recently and thought might be of interest. These were a few pages which had been torn from a personal journal of an unknown diarist who, I think, may have been a university student. Dating from June 1901, the photographs on the pages relate to a boating trip taken in 1901 on the Great Ouse by four friends.

Quite probably inspired by Jerome K Jerome’s “Three Men In A Boat”,  this particular group’s adventure saw them rowing from Ely to Kings Lynn with overnight camping stops along the way.  Not the greatest quality images, but interesting none the less and reproduced in their entirety below.

No. 212, 3, 4, 5 taken on a boating trip from Ely to Kings Lynn June 1901 with H Vicker, E Lloyd & H.C Turner. By the Ship Inn, where the Tent was pitched the first night. Vicker & Turner.” There is a Ship in at Brandon Creek about 6 or 7 miles distance by river from Ely – could this have been their first stop?

The Tent at the Ship Inn

The shelter at Downham Market

Ely from the Ouse


As a footnote – I haven’t been at all active with the website of late as I’ve been coping with a family illness and bereavement during the last four months. It’s been a difficult few months and I’ve barely had chance to switch my computer on, let alone contemplate doing any work on it.  There is still so much to deal with, but I hope to be back at the helm of Broadland Memories soon.


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