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The following collection of photographs date from 1903 to 1904 and were taken by Donald Shields. Born in 1876, the youngest of three brothers, Donald captured some truly stunning images of Broadland during the Edwardian era and would have developed and printed the photographs himself at home. The three Shields brothers married three daughters of the Buckingham family who founded the well known shoe shop in Swan Lane in Norwich. Donald himself owned a bookshop in Beccles from the 1920s to the 1940s. My thanks go to Donalds Great nephew, John Jollivet, for allowing me to reproduce his photographs on here.
The Broadland landscape was very different in the early 1900s and positive identification of some locations has proved difficult. Similarly, many of the yachts and wherries featured are long gone and are also proving difficult to identify. If you can help with this task then please do get in contact!