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The Charles Hannaford Collection

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Herbert Woods and Charles Hannaford 1950 Herbert Woods 1950 Broads Tours base at Wroxham 1950s Broads Tours base at Wroxham 1950s Broads Tours base at Wroxham 1950s

This is”Princess Margaret” moored alongside the quay where the day boats were normally kept. You can see the rail viaduct in the background, with the boat shed where “Princess Mary” was kept on the right.

Broads Tours day boats 1950s

Some of the Broads Tours Days boats, pictured c1950s/60s. Geoffrey Peek’s “Personal Memories of Broads Tours” book mentions that there were six of the Golden Arrow class built, plus Zero (seen in the foreground), Peeress and Brown Moth. The latter was the Hannaford’s personal day launch but was occasionally brought into hire to “select” customers during the height of summer. William said that he was always told that Zero had previously been owned by George Formby.

This is believed to be “Princess Margaret:”, presumably out of the water for maintenance c1940s.

Another photograph from the launching ceremony for Brown Moth.

“Brown Moth” in the water after launching. Willaim tells me that this was always known as his great aunt’s launch and any money which came in if was sent out on hire was hers.

School Party at the Broads Tours base 1950s

A large school party enjoy a picnic lunch at the Broads Tours base before or after a boat trip on the Broads in the 1950s. The buses you can see are two of the Bedford SBG Duple class which were owned by Norfolk Motor Services Ltd of Great Yarmouth. From the early 1950s, Broads Tours advertised educational tours and visits in conjunction with local bus companies and British Rail. Trips would last between two and four hours and were offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays up until the end of May.

Another photograph taken at the Broads Tours base in the late 1950s. The lady holding the dog is Charles’ wife Phyllis (William’s great aunt), the young lad in the background is William Allchin himself whilst the young girl is his sister Sushila.

Broads Tours passenger launch interior

An interior shot of one of the Broad Tours passenger launches. It is thought that this may have been a set up shot for possible use by Charles as an illustration for the Charm of the Norfolk Broads booklet. His wife Phyllis is seated on the left.

Setting off from the Broads Tours base 1950s

Ready for the off A fully laden launch, probably “Princess Mary” sets off for a trip on the Broads c1950s. It may well be Dixie Dean again standing on the quay. William recalls that “Mary”, the largest launch in the fleet and capable of carrying 102 passengers, was always made ready for the midday train at Wroxham. Dixie Dean, or one of the other employees, would then stand on the roadside outside the station “encouraging” visitors to sample the riverside tearooms and boat trips on offer at Broads Tours.

Broads Tours passenger launch

One of the smaller launches (Princess?) Setting off on a trip in the late 1950s. On board is William Allchin along with his mother and father.

Boarding Princess Alexandra

Boarding “Princess Alexandra” which was built by Broads Tours in 1961. She was 52ft in length and licensed to carry 78 passengers. This was taken outside the engineering works on the Norwich Road - the gantry you can see was used for lifting engines in and out of the boats.

This was either “Princess Alexandra” or “Princess Anne” which were identical launches built by Broads Tours. William thinks that this was probably taken just after launching, with engineer Noel Grout at the helm conducting engine trials. The boat is sitting very high in the water and doesn’t appear to have had seating installed yet..

Another photograph taken during the same shoot.

Launch day for “Brown Moth”. The teenager in suit and wellies closest to the boat (and launching it) is William's father, (Frank) Raymond Allchin and the photograph dates to just before the Second World War c1938/39. To the left of Raymond is Don Peek with Dixie Dean to the left of him.


Continuing the the photographs from the collection relating to the Broads Tours fleet and base at Hoveton.

As the Broads Tours fleet expanded, Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham was commissioned to build the 60ft launch “Her Majesty” which was licensed to carry 90 passengers and looked extremely striking with it’s mahogany planking. The photograph above was taken at the launch party in 1950 and shows Charles Hannaford on the left and Herbert Woods on the right.

Another photograph taken at the launch of Her Majesty in 1950, with Herbert Woods on the right. It is thought that the gentleman on the left with the beard could well be Charles Hannaford’s father - Charles Edward Hannaford. Amongst the other guests at the launch were George and Beryl Formby who had a holiday home called Heronby at Wroxham and had been regular Broads visitors and boat owners for many years.

Some of the Broads Tours fleet moored alongside The Boat House at Wroxham c1950s.

Another view of The Boat House and some of the fleet in the 1950s. On the far left, you just see the stern of Hannaford’s own motor cruiser, “Vega”, whilst the first passenger launch is “The Prince”..

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