The Boat House, built in the late 1930s by Charles Hannaford, pictured here around the time of the Second World War. The upper floor was the family home and art studio, with boat sheds, a tearoom and kitchen beneath to serve the Broads Tours customers. This photograph was taken from what became the Porter & Haylett boatyard.
Another early view of the Boat House at the Broads Tours base.
The view from the balcony, overlooking the River Bure with the rail bridge seen in the background and one of the Broads Tours passenger launches moored alongside the garden.
This shows the Boat House a few years later where it appears that doors have been fitted to the boat sheds below the house. The boat sheds were later converted into a larger tearoom for Broads Tours.
A closer view of the front of the Boat House at the Broads Tours base. This is the first in a series showing the building in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
The tearoom and gardens photographed late 1940s/ early1950s.. An advertising flyer from the late 1930s provided the following comment, purportedly from a happy customer; “I boarded a boat at what in Norfolk they call a Staithe in a Garden of Roses and Flowers. My little trip was a great success, and when I came ashore I found myself in a tea room which had once been a boat shed. I enjoyed a cup of tea in its cool shade, and watched the boats pass along the river a yard or so away, and when I tired of doing that I looked at the Water Colours and Etchings and Posters of the Broads with which the room has been decorated.”
This end of the upper floor was Charles Hannaford’s studio. William Allchin recalls that his great uncle would ride up and down the yard on a bicycle in his trilby hat but would return to the studio every morning, like clockwork, at 11am when he would have hot milk and rum and then sit and paint for half an hour.
Phyllis Hannaford tends to the garden at the Boat House.
The dyke which ran beside the Boat House with the railway line seen in the background. The launch on the left is Brown Moth once again and the cruiser seen in the background was probably Vega which was owned by Charles.
The first of two photographs showing the dyke seen in the previous photo during what is thought to have been the harsh winter of 1947. The dyke is completely frozen over here.
Another photograph showing the frozen dyke during the winter of 1947.
This is a later photo, probably 1950s, with yet more snow. This was Alfie who, William recalls, was a gardener and handyman at the yard and was also entrusted to care for Phyllis’s beloved budgies.
The first of a series of images showing the thaw and subsequent floods following another heavy snowfall in the 1950s.
Looking across the garden towards the River Bure, with Porter & Haylett’s boatyard seen beyond.
Taken from the same location as the previous photo, panning round to show the Boat House.
Hungry visitors to the Broads Tours yard during the thaw.
Another photograph showing the floods at the Broads Tours base in the 1950s. William recalls that flooding was a regular occurrence at the yard during the winter.
The final photograph showing the thaw and floods at the base in the 1950s, and the final image from this particular set showing the Boat House and the Broads Tours base through the years and the seasons.
Coming next - Charles Hannaford and his family afloat and ashore on the Norfolk Broads.