Oulton Broad pictured during the winter of 1963 when the broad became frozen over
- many townsfolk came down to make the most of the opportunity to skate.
A stunning photograph showing the ice skaters on Oulton Broad in 1963.
Another picture of Oulton Broad in 1963.
The bad weather also gave youngsters the opportunity to indulge in a few snowball
fights! The Wherry Hotel can be seen in the background.
Looking towards the yacht station at Oulton Broad in 1963 where many boats can be
seen frozen in. The efforts of boatyards to get their fleets refurbished for the
new season were severely hampered by the bad weather this year.
The severity of the big freeze of 1963 is clearly demonstrated here by the brave
soul who drove his Ford Consul out onto the ice!
And here a motorbike and sidecar decides to join the skaters out on the ice. If you
have any photographs of Broadland from the winter of 1962/63 then I would be delighted
to see more!
The Swan Inn at Horning pictured c1961.
The following pictures were sent in by Brian Powell and were taken at Oulton Broad
during the big freeze in early 1963. This was the coldest winter on record with most
of Britain lying under a blanket of snow until March, temperatures plummeted to 5
degrees below average with the coldest day in Norfolk being recorded at Santon Downham
near Thetford on January 23rd at -19. The whole of Broadland was badly affected
with rivers and broads freezing over as Brian’s pictures demonstrate below.
The entrance to Wood’s Dyke at Horning pictured in 1968.
N524 “Langwith Avocet”, a centre cockpit Elysian 27, moored at Horning in 1968.
A thatched cottage on the River Bure at Horning.
The next collection of photographs belong to David Campbell, and were taken during a holiday aboard Langwith Avocet from the Norfolk Knights boatyard at Horning in late August/early September 1968. You can read David’s account of this trip in the personal memories section of the archive.