Thurne Mill – a postcard from long ago

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Thurne Mill 1954

Postcard showing Thurne Mill, dated 1954

Jeff Cole has sent another photo from his collection – this time a postcard showing Thurne Mill on the Norfolk Broads dated May, 1954. Funnily enough, just three summers later my parents spent a holiday in the area in what my father has described as a fat little old tub that would barely sail. Most traditionally built  wooden boats on the Broads may be quaint, but it seems they weren’t all classics!

I’m very happy to report that although a photo taken at the same spot today would include mainly plastic  boats, the mill looks much the same today as this photograph shows.  I should say that the Broads remain a stronghold of traditional sail, despite the plastic cruisers.

Read more about Thurne Mill at the Wikipedia.

For more photos from Jeff’s excellent collection click here.

Learn more about The Broads.

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On Barton Broad

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Nancy Oldfield Trust on Barton Broad

Nancy Oldfield Trust on Barton Broad

Nancy Oldfield Trust on Barton Broad

The Nancy Oldfield Trust enjoying a brisk breeze on Barton
Broad. Click on the photographs for a larger image

This is a Broads One Design, often called a Brown Boat, and they’re very common on the Norfolk Broads.

The Nancy Oldfield Trust is based at Barton Broad and provides activities including sailing, canoeing, motor boating, fishing, bird-watching and environmental studies for anyone who is disadvantaged or has a disability, and good for them – I imagine anyone stepping out of the boat at the end of this ride would have felt that life was good and that they were about ten feet tall.

Follow the link for more posts referring to the Norfolk Broads.

Japonica on Barton Broad, Norfolk Broads

One of the Martham yard’s Japonicas reefed down ready
to face the wind on Barton Broad

Steamer Falcon on Barton Broad

The Museum of the Broads’ steamer, Falcon

Broadland river scene on the way to Stalham and the Museum of the Broads

A typical Broadland river scene on the way to the
staithe at Stalham, and the Museum of the Broads. My
daughter loves coiling unused mooring lines. And note the
ubiquitous Broads mud weight!