Norfolk Record Office tour 8 November Tales from the River project on outdoor swimming and river recreation history in the Brecks

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Imogen Radford

Oct 25, 2021, 12:55:35 PM10/25/21
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Dear all


Tour of Norfolk Record Office, 8 November 1000-1200

A chance to see behind the scenes at Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, tour 8 November, 10-12, and find out and how you can access the fascinating records there, and see documents about swimming and recreation in Norfolk.


This is further training for volunteers in the project, but is open to anyone who is interested. Volunteers in the project can claim travel expenses.


Do get in touch with me, Imogen Radford , if you would like to come to this tour, for more info, or if you would like to get involved.


Do pass on if you know anyone else who might be interested.


Some stories uncovered in the project so far


I shared these photos – attached – and have already had some really interesting responses and relatives of the three young women have been in touch and we’ll be happy to talk to the project in a bit more detail. And someone has also told us the date of the paddling in the ford photo as his dad and his brother were two of the children.

(Photo at Mill Pond about 1947 with L to R Jean Shinkins, Edna Turrington and Nelle Shinkins who was a Phillips” (location also known as Lakenheath Mill Pond or Claypits Pond Undley. Photo reproduced by permission of the Lakenheath Heritage Group, from their wonderful website,, and paddling photo thanks to Swaffham Museum.


I also shared some photos and information about the Northwold Mill, and was told about a wonderful book of reminiscences by an officer stationed at Didlington Hall where he met children playing in the mill pool and the river, and the son of one of these children came forward, said his father was still alive and hopefully he will also have a chat with us.


There are many more fascinating contacts to be made and stories to be gathered. Do get in touch if you would be interested in helping to do research and chat to people about their memories. And if you or someone else you know has an interesting story to tell to our volunteers about outdoor swimming or other river recreation, or know someone who has, or have interesting photos or other information, do get in touch 


Volunteer training so far


So far we have held two training sessions, in July and September, and recruited 13 volunteers for the project (and a further three who had to drop out for various personal reasons). Volunteers are looking at different geographical parts of the Brecks, including Brandon, Stoke Ferry, Oxborough, Northwold, Watton, Santon Downham, and also at different themes including art and literature by the river.


More about the project and the training here, , and on this page there is a bit more about the two previous sessions,



Best wishes





Imogen Radford

Tales from the River and Healing Waters projects lead

07932 137 593

@OSBrecks:; @TheBrecksLP


The project is part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme  (BFER,, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (



Ford at Houghton Lane, North Pickenham (10840 Wissey Bridge North Pickenham) ackn SwaffhMus.jpg
from Lakenheath see Research Places Undley Claypit cr.jpg
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