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Great Yarmouth

Marina Keys Great Yarmouth 1975 Marina Keys Great Yarmouth 2008

Marina keys at Great Yarmouth appears to have changed little when comparing the two photographs above. The black and white photograph was taken by Graeme Cushion in 1975 when it was part of the Port Of Yarmouth Marina who charged 35p for 24 hour mooring. Yarmouth was an extremely popular destination and boats were often double, and triple moored alongside overnight. The bottom picture was taken in May 2008 and shows that the original building still remains, although has been filled in underneath to create more interior space. The site is currently empty and the moorings are unused. I believe that the plot on which it stands was sold recently, but there has been no news on whether the moorings will be dredged and reinstated here.


Swann Inn Horning 1904 Swann Inn Horning 2008

The Swan Inn at Horning pictured from the River Bure. The photograph at the top was taken by Donald Shields in 1904, just 7 years after the hotel was built. The photo beneath it was taken in July 2008 an shows that the facade on the main part of the building  has changed and a two story extension now sits to its right. Many of the buildings either side still exist today, although these too look somewhat different to the 1904 photograph.

Horning Staithe c1960 Horning Staithe 2013

Horning Staithe c1960 and 2013. The staithe and the Swan Inn in the background have changed very little really, the GRP “Crown Gem” taking the place of the wooden “Delight” cruiser of the original postcard.

Horning Riverside c1875 Horning Riverside 2013

The original photograph of Horning riverside was taken by George Christopher Davies c1875 and shows Horning Mill Loke postmill still in situ - it was demolished in 1879. The white building on the left is now the Staithe and Willow restaurant but was residential in 1875 and it was obviously wash day when GC Davies passed by with his camera! The mill is not the only thing missing from the modern day scene, photographed in 2013, as a couple of the cottages on Lower Street in the background have also been replaced in the intervening years. The thatched cottage seen below the mill is now the brick built Moorhen B&B whilst the building on the left, tucked behind the Staithe & Willow was replaced by the current Post Office, with it's ornate herringbone brick facade.

Horning riverside store 1960s Horning riverside store 2013

The riverside store at Horning, pictured in the 1960s and in 2013. In the 1960s this was Lants store, run by Cissie Lant. It's amazing that this little store still survives today when most of the other riverside shops around the Broads have disappeared over the years. The recent photograph shows that it has undergone some changes since the 1960s, most noticeably that it now sports a rather lovely thatched roof. The cigarette advertising has gone and the ice cream is now supplied by Jersey Dairy instead of Lyons Maid.

Lower Street Horning 1920s Lower Street Horning 2009

Lower Street In Horning, looking up towards Swan Corner. The top image dates from the 1920s and shows a very different scene to that which we see in the bottom picture, taken in October 2009. The building on the left (Maltings?) has gone and, on the right hand side of the road, many of the old cottages have also gone, replaced by modern shops and housing. The shop in the background of the 1920s image, on the right hand side, was the Horning branch of “Roys” - that site is now home to the Bure River Cottage Restaurant.

White Gates at Horning c1930s White Gates at Horning 2008

This building is “White Gates” on Lower Street in Horning. This was a hotel when the original photograph was produced c1930s , one of a collection of Horning postcards belonging to Mary Blathwayt. The author Arthur Ransome, who wrote a series of children's books based on the Norfolk Broads, apparently stayed at White Gates when writing one of those, “The Big Six” in 1940. The bottom photograph was taken in July 2008 and shows that the front of the building now looks very different. A balcony extension  which has been enclosed with timber cladding and full length windows now masks the original building.

Horning riverfront c1940s Horning riverfront 2013

Horning riverfront, looking upstream to Swan Corner c1940s and 2013. Once a bustling hive of activity, with boatyards lining the riverfront, the modern photograph shows that they have all gone, replaced with housing. Quite a sad "Then & Now" in that respect. I don't think I have got this quite right and will make another attempt to recreate it next time I'm passing through Horning. It serves as a good illustration of the decline in the boat hire industry however. In the 1940s postcard, the boatyard nearest right was that of H.T. Percival and beyond it you can see the boat sheds of H.C. Banham.

Wood's Dyke at Horning 1968 Wood's Dyke at Horning 2009

The entrance to Wood’s Dyke in Horning, pictured at the top by David Campbell in 1968. The bottom photograph  was taken in October 2009 and shows that the trees which once lined the dyke have long since been removed, and much building development has gone on in the background.

Horning Ferry Inn 1960s Horning Ferry Inn 2009

The Ferry Inn at Horning pictured at the top in the early 1960s when the building still had a thatched roof. Sadly, this was destroyed by a major fire in 1965 and the pub was rebuilt with a tiled roof. The bottom picture was taken in July 2008, after which it was closed for a year or more, but is now open once again after refurbishment.


Loddon c1910 Loddon 2010

The junction of High Street, Bridge Street and George Lane at Loddon, pictured on the top c1910 and beneath it in May 2010. The shop in the old photograph was J.B. Prykes grocers and drapery which is now the home of the Happy Buddah Chinese takeaway, with Lim’s fish and chip shop just round the corner. The building in the foreground on the right still stands and was, until recently, Roberts & Son printworks. The terraced building which stood between that and the King’s Head has gone  - the empty building which now occupies the land was the former Midland Bank.

Loddon High Street 1950s Loddon High Street 2010

The original postcard dates from the 1950s and shows the view looking up the High Street with the Swan Hotel on the right and Church Plain to the left. The quirky building on the left which houses Barclays Bank still stands, although partially obscured by trees in the 2010 photograph. The building before it has gone and the area is now a large car park and market place. The small shop/post office with the Wall’s ice cream sign just beyond the Swan is also now missing.

The Swan Hotel and Loddon High Street c1910 The Swan Hotel and Loddon High Street 2013

The Swan Hotel and Loddon High Street c1910 and May 2013. Yet another view in the village which has really changed very little over the last 100 years.

Loddon High Street c1920s Loddon High Street 2013

Loddon High Street c1920s and May 2013. The name on the shop may have changed, but this is another example of how little Loddon High Street has actually changed over the years, it really is a lovely village. The 1920s photograph shows Leman's Universal Stores - a drapery and grocery shop which apparently sold everything from bacon to best hats! The Leman family were well established in Loddon, at one time owning quite a large portfolio of land and property throughout the village. The shop is now divided into two units occupied, in 2013, by an estate agent and a video rental company.

Farthing Green, Loddon c1915 Farthing Green, Loddon 2013

Farthing Green, Loddon c1915 and May 2013. Farthing Green is at the southern end of the High Street and the name is believed to date back to when that area would have been part of an open common. It's remarkable that little has changed with this view in 100 years - Browne & Sons Cycle Works is now a private house, and the property to the left has been remodelled, but otherwise it's very much unspoilt. The cars have certainly altered from the lovely Edwardian vehicle seen in the original image.

Loddon Staithe 1960s Loddon Staithe 2013

Loddon Staithe 1960s and May 2013.  This view looks across to what was then Astons boatyard (previously the home of the original Princess Cruisers I believe). Astons later moved their operations to Beccles.  Now a private marina, the small, single storey building on the right seems to be all that remains from the 1960s image and the view beyond towards the church is obscured by trees.

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