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Reedham Ferry c1920s Reedham Ferry 2013

Reedham Ferry 1920s and 2013. The 1920s image shows the old wooden pontoon ferry in situ, one of three such ferries which were operating on the River Yare at this time, the others being at Surlingham and Buckenham. The latter two were withdrawn from service around the time of the Second World War and in 1949 it was recommended that the ferry at Reedham should be scrapped and a bridge built instead. Many calls for a bridge at Reedham have been made over the years, but for now the ferry remains and is quite a tourist attraction in it's own right as one of the few surviving chain ferries in the UK. The ferry, and the public house which bears the same name, have been owned by the Archer family since 1949. The current ferry was built in the early 1980s by Fred Newson at Oulton Broad. Just to the right of the centre in the 1920s photograph you can see Reedham Ferry drainage mill (also known as the Red Mill) with sails intact and presumably still a working mill at this point. It was purchased in the 1950s by businessman Geoffrey Livingston who converted it into the red painted holiday home which you can see peeping out from behind a tree in the 2013 photograph.

Rockland St Mary

Rockland St Mary Staithe 1925 Rockland St Mary Staithe 2014

Rockland St Mary Staithe c1925 and 2014. The New Inn is still a pub, but the staithe itself has altered and the mooring basin enlarged since the 1925 photograph was taken. There are also more trees .. in fact one was right where I really needed to be standing to take the "now" photograph, hence it not being quite the right angle. It's close enough for comparison though.

St Olaves

Bell Hotel St Olaves c1910 Bell Hotel St Olaves 2010

The Bell Hotel at St. Olaves, seen at the top in a postcard c1910 and below it in May 2010. The Swan is reputed to be Broadland’s oldest inn and was is believed to have been built c1520 as a ferryman’s cottage. St. Olaves was originally in Suffolk until the county boundary was moved in 1974, with the village becoming part of the Fritton parish.

St Olaves Bridge 1934 St Olaves Bridge 2010

The old photograph of St. Olaves Bridge dates from 1934 - Johnson’s boatyard and yacht station can be seen on the left. The bridge was designed by George Edwards of Carlton Colville and was built in 1847, replacing an earlier three arched stone bridge. St. Olaves was once a busy hub of the hireboat industry with yards such as Johnsons, Jillings, Wynmill, FW Cruisers and the Beaver Fleet providing the starting point for many boating holidays during the boom period of the 1960s and 1970s. Johnsons ceased hiring in 1990 and the last hire fleet to operate here was Castle Craft who closed at the end of 2005.


Stalham Staithe c1905 Stalham Staithe 2013

Stalham Staithe c1905 and 2013.The 1905 postcard shows a trading wherry moored at the staithe - the building behind it is now home to the Mermaids Slipper restaurant. The buildings on the right are now part of the Museum of The Broads with Moonfleet's boatyard on the left with the recently built "Moon Voyager" seen moored in the foreground of the 2013 photo

Stalham Staithe 1930s Stalham Staithe 2013

Stalham Staithe 1930s and 2013. Not quite the right angle, but close enough for comparison. Another view of Stalham Staithe, with the original photograph dating from the 1930s when the Southgate Brothers owned the boatyard on the right which is now Moonfleet (owned by the Richardson’s Group).

The Granary, Stalham 1930s The Granary, Stalham 2013

The moorings and granary at Stalham 1930s and 2013. I couldn't get in the right position to do this shot properly - I'll try again another day, but it will do for now. Just along from the staithe, and looking across towards Stalham, the building in the centre being the old granary. The sign on the right advertises the services of boatbuilder A. Richardson who also had boats available to hire. The Railway Hotel which is also advertised was situated in the High Street and was renamed the Grebe just a few years after this photograph was taken. The entry for the Grebe on the Norfolk Pubs website reports that the original pub was destroyed during WW2 and the current Grebe was built in the same spot, albeit set further back from the road, in 1955. The granary, and surrounding buildings have now been converted for residential use but there is still a boatyard - now owned by John Williams.

Richardson's boatyard at Stalham 1985

This view of Kingfisher Quay at Richardson’s boatyard in Stalham remains largely unchanged over the last 25 years. The first photograph dates from 1985 and the second was taken in October 2009.

Hunsett Mill 1970s Hunsett Mill 2009

Hunsett Mill on the River Ant near Stalham is probably one of the most photographed buildings on the Norfolk Broads, having appeared in countless postcards, jigsaws and publications due to it’s chocolate box appearance and picturesque setting. Work began in 2008 to restore the Grade 2 listed mill which had fallen into disrepair and, at the same time, the old mill cottage  had it’s extensions removed and underwent what has since become a very controversial redevelopment. As can be seen in the photograph at the bottom, taken in October 2009, its appearance has changed dramatically! A large, timber clad extension has been added to the rear on the left hand side, and modern, glass panel windows and doors have been fitted to the original cottage.

Stalham High Street c1905 Stalham High Street 2013

Stalham High Street, looking East, c1905 and 2013. One of the hardest for me to locate, although once I had found the spot it was rather obvious! Remarkably, this view hasn't really changed a great deal - less ivy, a couple of extensions and some new shop fronts, but it's pretty much all still there. I'm guessing that there weren't any Chinese takeaways in Stalham in 1905 however!

Stalham High Street c1920 Stalham High Street 2013 Stalham High Street c1915 Stalham High Street 2013

Stalham High Street looking west, c1920 and 2013. The cycle shop and other buildings seen in the 1920 photograph haven't really changed a great deal, but the High Street beyond certainly has! The shop on the immediate right is now Forrest’s newsagents.

Stalham High Street with the junction to Upper Staithe Road on the right, c1915 and 2013. Just out of sight on the left is the old fire engine shed. Again, the modern scene is instantly recognisable when comparing it to the same view taken 100 years ago, despite the fact that an entire building on the right is now missing and the house on the left was obscured by ivy.


Stokesby 1960s Stokesby 2008

The River Bure at Stokesby, pictured at the top in a postcard from the 1960s, and below itin May 2008. Little appears to have changed in this scene, although the toilet block extension on the Ferry Inn pub has become larger and now has a pitched roof whilst the moorings are more formal, with wooden quay heading having been installed.

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