Wroxham resident and retired Fleet Street journalist Keith Turner runs a very interesting web site that chronicles the fascinating history of our village.
Keith writes: " Starting with the talk I gave to The Friends of Wroxham Church in 2010 about my boyhood in a village where three generations of my family lived my website has grown over the years with fascinating tales of life here from other contributors. Read about the bear at Bear’s Grove, news from the 1800s, the secret wartime warriors living in The Avenue, the double crash of two Liberators in a Wroxham field, and some of the interesting characters who populated the parish.
In the floods of 1912 he rowed from Wroxham Bridge into two pubs in Station Road and took his refreshment sitting in his dinghy. This tale comes from the funeral report of the grandfather of Bernice Moore. Bernice was born in 1930 and left the village at the age of 12. Her memories of her young life in Wroxham in the 1930s tell of boys on the way to school leaning over the railway bridge as a steam train passed under so they would be sent home to wash their faces; of a lodger who spent his days catching moles which were made into fashionable moleskin coats; of a local wash house where women without electricity at home would do their laundry; and of course the man in the boat, Harry “Spuddy” Crane. Read Back to the Thirties on