Cruising on the Broads c1900

I’ve been able to add quite a few new additions to the Broadland Memories website over the autumn months which include an interesting set of magazine articles relating to local boatyards, two cine films from the early 1970s, a couple of sets of 1950s photographs and, more recently, three collections of photographs from albums which date from the late 1890s to the early 1900s.

Photographs of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads from this era are always fascinating, although trying to pinpoint locations can sometimes be rather difficult because the landscape has changed quite dramatically in some areas. The pre-1900 images were digitized from the original glass plate negatives and were a wonderful find. They were taken during a holiday aboard the pleasure wherry ‘Naiade’ which had been hired at Oulton Broad. They took a bit of cleaning up, but the quality of images taken from glass always shines through. They are doubly interesting in that the set also included a couple of interior shots of ‘Naiade‘ which are just so evocative of the era (see below).

The second set, which were uploaded in November, date from around 1900 and the 34 images from the album document a mixed party holiday aboard ‘Test‘, seemingly cruising in company with the yacht ‘Restless‘. The photographs were printed on paper, and were not in the greatest condition, but they have cleaned up quite nicely with a lot of work. All of the photographs in the album were captioned and I’ve included these original notations along with further information. ‘Test‘ was built and hired by G. Hazell at Thorpe St Andrew and, as can be seen in these photos,  she was a very fine looking sailing cruiser with a clipper style bow. She was later refurbished (1928) and had a four-cylinder 20hp Seabroke engine fitted and continued to be hired by the yard until the outbreak of the Second World War. The brochure entry below is from 1912 and shows ‘Test‘ how she would have been when the group in the Broadland Memories photographs holidayed aboard her.

The most recent addition, uploaded this morning, is another album of photographs which were taken around 1900-1905. These are a little different in that they appear to show the holiday party traveling to the Broads from Folkestone via a paddle steamer. There are also a couple of photographs taken at Southwold, possibly as a stop on the way round the east coast, or maybe as a day trip on one of the ‘Belle’ steamers whilst at Great Yarmouth. Whilst not the Broads, I’ve included them on the website because it is interesting to see how different travel was back then. The rest of the album includes several shots taken at Great Yarmouth Yachting Station, plus a handful of others taken elsewhere around Broadland. The photograph below is one of those taken at Yarmouth and shows some of the holiday party on the quay with what was, presumably, the skipper on the right in the cap.

All of the new additions can be found via the What’s New page on the main Broadland Memories website. Forthcoming highlights which I’ll be working on over the coming months include several further sets of photos from the Edwardian era, more from the Charles Hannaford Collection plus a number of albums and sets of photos and negatives which span the 1930s up to the 1950s. There will also be a few new cine films to come once they’ve been digitized and a rather exciting new addition which arrived in my inbox this week – watch this space!

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