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Pre 1900 Photo Gallery
This set of photographs were digitised from the original quarter plate glass negatives. Once again, the photographer and people seen are unknown, but they follow a group who holidayed aboard the pleasure wherry Naiade which was hired from Oulton Broad. I’m uncertain of the exact date, but they appear to have been taken during latter half of the 1890s.
A slightly blurry offering to begin with, but this is Oulton Broad, the starting point of the group’s holiday. The building you can see on the right with the conveyor/chute leading to the top floor was the premises of Everitt & Son who were coal and seed importers, and coal & coke merchants. There was apparently a major fire here c1900 and the granaries, oilcake store, mill house, elevator and engine house were destroyed. The building you can see sits roughly where the current harbour masters office is at the yacht station.
This is the wherry “Naiade” moored at an unknown location. I can’t tell you a great deal about Naiade -
The first of two photographs of Naiade’s saloon which are just wonderful -
Spinning round 180 degrees, this was the other end of the main saloon, looking through in to one of the sleeping cabins. In his book “Broadland Sport” published in 1902, Nicholas Everitt wrote: “There are hundreds of trading wherries in Norfolk, and of late years a large number have been temporarily or permanently converted into pleasure-
Is the chap on the right possibly quanting here? Hard to tell, but Naiade seems to be firmly against the reeds.
Two pleasure wherries -
A pair of sailing craft captured at an, as yet, unidentified location. That looks like a rail bridge in the background to the left?
Great Yarmouth Yachting Station, showing that double mooring was going on in back the 1890s! Wherries and sailing cruisers could also be hired from various owners at Great Yarmouth, passenger steamers bringing in holidaymakers from London and the south east coast, whilst others arrived at the nearby train station. Numerous hotels, villas and boarding houses were available in the town for those who preferred to experience the delights of this popular seaside resort with a land-
Stokesby Ferry, with the pontoon ferry itself seen on the right. In the background, to the left is the old corn tower mill. Back to Nicholas Everitt, who was less than complimentary about the village which he described as being : “a group of tumbled-
Another viewof Stokesby, looking back towards the Ferry and the Ferry Boat Inn, with a rather fine trading wherry whose mate can be seen with a quant near the fore deck.
The holiday party have reached Acle, the old, arched stone bridge can be seen in the background. This looks as though it could be the same trading wherry from the previous photograph.
Another photograph taken at Acle, downstream of the bridge, with ancillary buildings of the Angel Inn (now the Bridge Inn) on the opposite bank. In 1895, an article entitled “A Cruise on The Norfolk Broads” was published in Century Magazine, written by the American author Anna Bowman Dodd. On visiting Acle she wrote; “The Angel Inn had the air of having seen more stirring times. The little inn sitting-
A rather atmospheric shot of “Naiade” at an unidentified location.
A lovely scene, wherry masts in the background.
“Naiade” moored at Ludham Bridge. William Dutt described the Ant in 1903 as “a river which many yachting parties are unable to explore on account of its shallowness and small arches of its bridges.” The original stone bridge, seen here, was replaced in 1915.
Wroxham, looking upstream towards the bridge. Probably the largest boating centre on the Broads at this time, most visitors arrived via train and, as the popularity of boating holidays had begun to increase, the village had soon adapted to capitalise on the influx of holidaymakers. Anna Bowman Dodd described the scene; “The booths and shops of the highroad running from the railway at Wroxham to the bridge displayed their tawdry flannels and cheap yachting caps with naïve, rustic ostentation. Peddlers were dancing fish-
“Naiade” leaving her moorings -
Another view taken at the same location as the previous photograph.
The first of two photographs which were taken on the River Bure at Horstead.
Another photograph taken on the River Bure at Horstead, the branch to the left where the boathouse stands leading to Horstead Mill, whilst the channel ahead leads to Coltishall Lock. The building you can see peeping through the trees is Horstead House.
The holiday party take to the tender to explore what looks like the upper reaches of one of the Broadland Rivers .. possibly the Bure?
It looks as though there may be a regatta going on here -
The final photograph of this collection is a rather lovely study of one of Naiade’s hired crew in the lug-