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Thanks Mike. I have been researching, but the difficulty I have had was they are all called Stephen. There is a plot for sale on the island now which is described as Fields Boatyard. Is it possible that he had a yard on both sides of the bridge? The Thorpe archives have a note that the Field family built boats for 200 years regards
Reference the 200 years, this was said in a book about wherries, Stephen Fields Father came from a village close to Halesworth in 1826 to St Stephens new parish of Lakenham. Stephen Field learnt boatbuilding down at Carrow at Britchers and Girlings yard Carrow Abbey. This yard in the early 1800s was building large sea going vessels. He was building 5 ton broads sailing boats in the 1860s. I would certainly be interested reference the land sale, I found a news advert of land for sale by Field but sadly it was not very clear to read. There was a large early yard on the island, also Cattermoul’s yard at Thorpe built sea going vessels early 1800s, Cattermoul also had Thorpe Gardens PH.
Girling had many generations in boatbuilding from the early 1800s till 1900s. There was certainly a Girling using the boatyard site of my ancestor in the early 1900s, strangely this was after it was sold to Harts. Early Girling yards were at Carrow first on the Abbey side, later on the opposite bank. As the banks became industrialised at Carrow no doudt the young generation of Girlings moved east down river to Thorpe.
George Thetford's yard was at 10/11 Bungalow Lane. The Yare Valley Sailing Club was formed there in 1948. George was still there in 1961 but I don't know when he gave it up or sold it. Today the land is private but little changed from its boatyard days. On the attached map the yard is shown edged red. The BA dockyard abuts the right hand edge of the map. I hope this helps your researches.