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Postcards of the Norfolk Broads

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Oulton Broad Yacht Station c1935

Oulton Broad Yacht Station c1935.

Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad c1950s

Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad c1950s.

The Wherry Hotel and Yacht Station at Oulton Broad 1950s/1960s

The Wherry Hotel and Yacht Station at Oulton Broad 1950s/1960s. The boat moored in the foreground is Y616 “Admiral 5” from brooms of Brundall.

Oulton Broad Yacht Station 1960s/1970s

Oulton Broad Yacht Station 1960s/1970s.

Oulton Broad and the Wherry Hotel 1960s/1970s

Oulton Broad and the Wherry Hotel 1960s/1970s.

Oulton Broad and the Wherry Hotel 1960s/1970s

Oulton Broad and the Wherry Hotel 1960s/1970s.

Oulton Broad 1960s

Another view of Oulton Broad yacht Station and the Wherry Hotel from the 1960s.

Wherry Hotel Oulton Broad c1890s

A rare view of the original Wherry Hotel at Oulton Broad, photographed during the 1890s and I wonder whether it was actually in the process of being demolished to make way for the new hotel. The owner at the time was George Mason, who may well be the gentleman with the watch chain seen second from the right. The current Wherry Hotel opened in 1897 and Kelly’s Trade Directory of 1900 also lists yachts and pleasure boats as being available to hire from here.

Viscountess Bury at Oulton Broad 1910

The Viscountess Bury passenger boat, pictured at Oulton Broad c1910. Viscountess Bury was built at William Sargeant's Strand Works at Chiswick in 1888 and, at 65 ft 6 inches, was the largest electric launch to have been built at this time. She was bought by H.C. Banham c1910 who installed a petrol engine and moved her to the Cambridgeshire Waterways where she continued to operate as a passenger cruiser for a good number of years. It seems that she spent one or two seasons at Oulton Broad on her way up the coast from the Thames to Fens, via Kings Lynn, hence this postcard. She apparently returned to Oulton Broad at some point during the 1990s for restoration. The condition of the hull was discovered to be in a far worse state than originally thought, and work on her ceased. In circumstances which still seem to be somewhat of a mystery, she apparently ended up being moved to the nearby Newsons boatyard. Sadly, due to her poor state, she was eventually broken up and burnt. My thanks to Tim Sargeant for supplying the above information.

Oulton Broad c1905

Oulton Broad c1905.

Beccles Road, Oulton Broad c1915

Beccles Road, Oulton Broad pictured c1915, now part of the busy A146. I believe that the houses on the left are still there but those on the right would have presumably been demolished when the road was widened.

Oulton Broad c1920s

Oulton Broad c1920s, looking across to the maltings.

Oulton Broad c1920s

I believe that this also dates from the 1920s or 1930s and was shows the far corner of what is now the yacht station at Oulton Broad, looking over towards the Lady of the Lake public house.

Oulton Broad c1930s

A hand coloured view of Oulton Broad dating from the 1930s.

Pauline of Oulton Broad 1933

Postmarked to 1933, this is the motor cruiser “Pauline” which was owned by Miller’s boatyard on Commodore Road. Frederick Miller bought the ex Thames barge “Federation” in the early 1920s and converted her into this luxury, floating hotel on which one to three week fully inclusive tours of the Broads were conducted. A crew of three - the skipper, a steward and stewardess, were in attendance throughout the holiday and places on board could be booked as an individual or as a group. There were six single cabins, two double berth cabins and one with three singles which were all fitted with a wash basin. There was a large galley and spacious saloon which seated the whole party for meals which included breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner and consisted of “homely catering” according to contemporary adverts! In 1933 the terms, including board and attendance, were between £4 10 shillings and £5 10 shillings per person, per week. Fred Miller ran Pauline until the outbreak of  WW2 in 1939 after which she was sold to a family who lived on board at Oulton Broad for a while. She apparently ended her days being used as staging on Barton Broad.

The New Quay, Oulton Broad 1930s

A view of the Yacht Station and the Wherry Hotel at Oulton Broad, postmarked in 1937.

Oulton Broad Yacht Station 1930s

Oulton Broad Yacht Station, captioned as “Everitt’s Quay”, dating from 1938.

Oulton Broad Yacht Station c1930s/40s

Another view of the yacht station dating from the 1930s or 1940s.

Outon Broad 1930s

This looks like it is probably another 1930s view of Oulton Broad and the Wherry Hotel.

Oulton Broad 1950s

I believe that this dates from the 1950s and shows the view looking across towards Commodore Road and what would at this time have been Richardsons boatyard prior to their relocation to Stalham in the late 1950s.

The “Elizabeth Simpson” pictured at Oulton Broad in the 1950s

The “Elizabeth Simpson” pictured at Oulton Broad in the 1950s. The Elizabeth Simpson began life as a lifeboat at Gorleston, built by the Beeching Brothers at Great Yarmouth in 1889. She served as a lifeboat until 1938, initially powered by a combination of sail an oars before an was engine fitted in the mid 1920s. During the summer months she was apparently used to take passengers out for sea trips as a means of fundraising. From 1939 onwards she was used solely as a passenger boat and an advert from the 1960s, when she was running from Town Hall Quay at Great Yarmouth, mentioned that she had “ saved over 500 lives on 120 errands of mercy”. She is currently lying in North Norfolk awaiting restoration.

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