A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

29 January 2012

Archive image discovery

This rare picture showing Heather moored near the River Bure in Horning surfaced this week. Carol Gingell of Broadland Memories spotted the photograph whilst going through a hoard of 1960's pictures. The photograph was taken around 1963 and shows Heather (centre right) tucked between houseboats Shamrock and Clover laying 'amidst most pleasant surroundings' at Turner's Boatyard (please see 8th December 2011 Blog entry). Andrew Day, who owns the photograph has kindly allowed us to use the image.

On the extreme left of this interesting picture can be seen two boathouse roof gables ~ the then active premises of Ernest L Woods. This once renowned boatbuilding yard is where Heather is believed to have been converted into a houseboat over thirty years before.

It is hoped further information will come to light on the small but important Turner & Woods boatyards and the surviving houseboat, Heather in the future.

The crew are grateful to Andrew Day for permission to use the image and Carol Gingell of Broadland Memories Archive.

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