Photo gallery: Sheila’s annals of Norfolk villages’ changing years

Sheila Hutchingson with her new book Sheila Hutchingson with her new book

Derek James
Monday, April 21, 2014
5:31 PM

What have Berney Arms, Burgh Castle, Freethorpe, Halvergate & Tunstall, Reedham along with the Lower Bure and the River Yare in common?

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They have all had books written about them by Sheila Hutchinson of Stoke Holy Cross and the stars are the people who make, and have made, these Norfolk communities so special.

You don’t have to come from these places to enjoy her books which are packed with photographs, most never published before, and memories looking at life over the decades and how it has changed.

Sheila’s latest offering, Cantley, Limpenhoe and Southwood Remembered, is another little beauty full of personal memories, facts and figures from the archives and pictures found in albums which bring local history alive.

“I lived at Berney Arms hamlet by the River Yare from 1946 till 1963 and during that time I spent many hours sitting on the river bank watching the cargo boats, lighters, wherries and the Golden Galleon go by. Today there are only yachts, pleasure cruisers, and the odd restored wherry that goes along the Yare,” she said.

“I can remember the wherry Albion sinking at Berney Arms on January 1, 1960, fully laden with sugar beet, destined for the Cantley Sugar Beet factory and which the men removed by a steam grab prior to the Albion being raised,” added Sheila.

“In days gone by it would have been hard work for the men working in all weathers getting the sugar beet to the factory. For many years it was delivered to Cantley on wherries or by rail but in recent times the sugar products are transported by rail,” she explained.

But there is more to Cantley than sugar as this book, which incorporates Limphenoe and Southwood, reveals.

This is Sheila’s 13th book and it is another offering she can be proud of, putting three communities on the map. One which gives the locals a chance to tell their own stories in their own words and share precious photographs with us.

Cantley, Limpenhoe & Southwood Remembered by Sheila Hutchinson is being launched with a book signing at Limpenhoe Village Hall on Saturday, April 26 between 1pm and 4pm.

The book, costing £9.99, is on sale at Jarrold and the City Bookshop in Norwich, WH Smith and Cobholm Miniatures in Great Yarmouth, Beccles Books and Reedham Post Office. Look out for her other books in the shops.

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