Topic: Ludham Archive new website

woodwose    -- Oct-17-2007 @ 8:46 PM
  Hi All

You may be interested in the new and much improved Ludham Archive website.


jaguar    -- Oct-17-2007 @ 9:06 PM
  nice to see you back nigel,
you must have put some time in stting up that site  great stuff regards mike

"it was the best butter"said the mad hatter.

chilled    -- Oct-17-2007 @ 11:17 PM
  Hi Nigel
Very interesting site,i hope to join you all on your next winter walk.May need a reminder though.

"love the norfolk way"

woodwose    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 12:16 AM
  The next winter walk will be on the 11th of November. It will be High Mill Hill and Horsefen.
Meet outside Throwers at 2.00pm. This walk can be muddy.

The December walk is on the 9th. Again meet Throwers at 2.00pm. This time it is How Hill. Sorry, I don't know by which route. It might be Wilgress Loke, but it could be via Whitegates or some other way.


Willow    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 6:18 AM
  Hi Nigel

Lovely to see to back on the forum and many, many congratulations on the Ludham Archive website.  As a 'newbie' in Ludham it is lovely to see the old photos and how things 'used to be'.  Well done.

Kind Regards

BOF2    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 7:00 AM
  Fascinating website.  I shall return to it fairly often.
I see that the old post office next to the churchyard gate has 'Throwers' above the door. About ten years ago wasn't this an antique shop displaying lots of brass?

BOF - Clive

pks1702    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 8:04 AM
  Excellent site Nigel and well worth your hard work.

I certainly learnt a lot about Ludham that was new to me. The archive photographs are fascinating.



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woodwose    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 11:05 AM
  Hi All

Thanks for your encouraging comments about the site. There is more to be added and I will be doing this over the next couple of months, so keep looking in.

Clive - The old post office was managed by the Throwers for many years. This is another branch of the Thrower family from the one which runs the village store. Since then, it was an antiques shop and a restaurant for a while before becoming a private house.

Everyone is welcome at meetings of the Ludham Archive Group and on the winter walks. Details on the website.


roya    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 1:42 PM
  Hi Nigel ,
as usual you have done a superb job,
super site i will enjoy looking at.

got to say this mate


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if not why not!!


boatingman    -- Oct-18-2007 @ 5:59 PM
  Hi Nigel

Just wish to add like the others what an excellent job you have done with the Ludham site good to see you posting here again


woodwose    -- Oct-19-2007 @ 8:50 AM
  Hi All

Thanks for your further encouraging comments. The Archive Group is working on more stuff for the site. We have just got a new set of interesting photographs and it all needs to be sorted first.

I would like to make it clear that I had not stopped posting. It's just that I have been a bit tied up with other things. The World Scout Jamboree took a big chunk out of the summer and then I was away in America for a while. Then there were other Scouting projects and the Ludham Archive website. Also, the technical problems with the site made posting photographs difficult or sometimes impossible so I have stopped doing that for now. I still take photographs. There are collections on my own website although that is set to change over to Flickr over the next few weeks.

Best wishes


woodwose    -- Nov-3-2007 @ 11:59 PM
  I don't know if any of you noticed that St Catherine's Church Tower has been covered with scaffolding this summer. This is because the tower needed quite a lot of restoration work.

I have now added a section on the Tower Restoration to the Ludham Archive website It has got some great pictures taken while the work was going on as well as information about what was done, how and why.

The scaffolding is down now and you will see that the clock has been repainted and gilded, but it has got no hands at the moment. Just in case you are wondering why, it is because we need to raise another £4,000 to get the clock mechanism overhauled.

I have also added a bit to the website about the Mardling Seat which I am sure many of you will have seen. There is also an update on Goodwin's Mill.

It's all under the "Interesting Stuff" button.

There is lots more to come so keep looking in.

Ludham Community Archive Group.

woodwose    -- Nov-4-2007 @ 2:05 PM
  The Walks section has also been updated today and now includes 5 walks from How Hill.


gregchapmanuk    -- Nov-29-2007 @ 12:35 PM
  Hi, Took a look at the site today.  There is indeed much excellent material there.  You deserve congratulations.

Just one grumble... (It wouldn't be me if I didn't grumble! Smile ) Like it self, most pages do not display gracefully when viewed on a screen less than 1024px wide.

woodwose    -- Dec-10-2007 @ 1:01 AM
  Thanks for all your kind comments about the website. I have put some further updates on it and I am currently processing a large quantity of new archive photographs which will eventually find their way onto the site (well some will anyway).

I must apologise for the width of some of the pages. I had to make a decision about this and I decided to look to the future which is going to be wide screen if it is not already. I wanted to get quite a lot of information onto the main index pages and so you do need 1024 pixels to view them to their best advantage. However, many of the other pages with the photographs and other stuff will display OK on smaller screens. I would be interested to know how many people are finding this to be a big problem.


woodwose    -- Jan-11-2008 @ 12:11 AM
  Hi All

I have been working on some further updates to the Ludham archive website, and I am sure they will be of interest to Forum Members.
The Ludham Archive has been given access to the photograph albums of the Boardman Family. I am sure that many of you will know that Edward Boardman built How Hill House as his holiday home. The albums contain thousands of photographs, many of them superb quality. they show the Boardman children growing up and many are taken at How Hill or other parts of the Broads.
It will take some time to complete the process of scanning all the photographs, so for now, I have put a selection of early photographs on the archive group website. This will enable those interested to get a first look at the collection. Only 1906 to 1910 photographs are on the site so far, but more will follow.
These photographs are amazing and if you have an interest in Broads history, I can recommend them.

Go to and click on the Archive Photographs button.

As always, I would be interested in your feedback. Do you find these photographs of interest? Would you like to see more etc?


rojomo    -- Jan-11-2008 @ 12:19 AM
Hi Nigel,

The Boardman/How Hill album photos are simply amazing, thank you for these and looking forward to the future scans.

Best regards


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BroadAmbition    -- Jan-11-2008 @ 12:25 AM
  Great Stuff - Tks for sharing and letting us know  -  Griff

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johnm    -- Jan-11-2008 @ 8:11 AM
Absolutely fascinating!
Do you find these photographs of interest? Would you like to see more etc?

Of Course we would! Stop wasting time here and get scanning! tounge-in-cheek Playful



woodwose    -- Jan-11-2008 @ 4:20 PM
  Glad to hear that you found them interesting. I just think they are fascinating.

Anyway, I have now added two more albums covering 1912 to 1914. This includes the 1912 floods and lots of interesting pictures of boats and the rivers round How Hill.

Unfortunately, I can only give you a glimpse of what these albums contain. Quite a lot of the rest is not very relevant to the Broads or to Ludham as it shows the Boardman family on holiday or at their main house in Norwich. Despite this, the pictures are full of interest.

The next album is scanned and I will put it onto the site in the next day or two. After that, there will be no more until the end of February when we get the next batch for scanning. There are some real treats in the 1914 - 1915 album, but that will have to wait for another day. click on the Archive Photographs button.

Ludham Community Archive Group

Steve51    -- Jan-11-2008 @ 5:25 PM

Ludham is one of my favourite and most visited places on the northern rivers. The archive web site proves what I've always thought about the village; that it has a  really strong community feel to the place. Fantastic web site Nigel, I'll be looking at it again and again.


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woodwose    -- Jan-13-2008 @ 1:19 AM
  Hi All

I am glad to hear that you are all enjoying the photographs.

Steve - You are right about Ludham having a strong community. There is a lot going on here.

Anyway.... I have now added the last Boardman album that I currently have 1915-1917. Some great photographs in this one. I have chosen just 25 of them. Look out for the Hunstanton Lifeboat being launched and the Fire Drill at Carrow Works. Some good ones of How Hill including the extension being built. Much more besides.

I have also added a new page on our ongoing New Textile Project. There is some really stunning needlework being done by Archive Group members at the moment. If anyone is interested in joining in, there is scope for more. this is under the "Interesting Stuff" button.

That's it for now. More Boardman pictures will follow later in the year.


AdnamsGirl    -- Jan-13-2008 @ 9:06 PM
  Absolutely stunning photos Nigel and well done with the website! What a great privelage to be allowed acces to the Boardman albums which provide a fascinating glimpse into Broadland in the early part of the 20th Century. Some fabulous broads scenery and family shots but I also find the pictures of the estate workers extremely interesting, and the images of the 1912 floods are incredible!!

I think my favourite photograph has to be the picture of the twins playing at How Hill staithe with their model boats from the 1913-1914 album - complete with a beautiful jetty and buildings stretching out onto the river!

Superb stuff and I shall look forward to seeing the rest!!


woodwose    -- Jan-26-2008 @ 12:08 AM
  Just to let you know that I have added another page to the site on the subject of World War 2 in Ludham. If you know where to look the evidence of wartime Ludham is all over the place and Margaret Watts has done a good job with this page. It's under the "Interesting Stuff" button.


roya    -- Jan-26-2008 @ 6:04 PM
  Nice work Nigel,
in fact,
Spot On.


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Have you smiled today???
if not why not!!


chilled    -- Jan-27-2008 @ 10:17 AM
  Hi Nigel
Just checked out your latest page.Ive always wondered what that wall was for along the Old Yarmouth road.I thought i was an old farm building.I must meet up sometime and get out on one of your walks.Cheers.

"love the norfolk way"

woodwose    -- Jan-27-2008 @ 8:18 PM
  The next Winter Walk is on the 10th of February. Meet outside Throwers shop at 2.00pm. As it happens it is a walk round the former RAF Ludham airfield.

There will be another guided walk round the airfield in the summer (sorry I don't have the date)


woodwose    -- May-7-2008 @ 11:55 PM
  Hi All

I have added a new page to the Ludham Archive website showing progress on the barn conversion which has now started in Horsefen Road not far from Womack Staithe. If you are into grand designs, it should be of interest. It's under the "Interesting Stuff" button.
There is a long way to go yet and we will be adding more as the work progresses so keep looking in.

I am currently working on another 10 Boardman family albums and I will be adding more pictures to this section soon.

The RAF Ludham historical walk is on the 25th May. Meet outside Throwers at 2.00pm. Details on our Meetings page.


Edited to add more navigational information

This message was edited by woodwose on May-7-08 @ 12:57 AM

woodwose    -- May-8-2008 @ 9:25 PM
  OK. There are now more Boardman photographs on the site. Still more to come.


woodwose    -- Oct-31-2009 @ 4:29 PM
  Hi All

Just to let you know that lots of new stuff has been added to the Ludham Archive website.

Current projects include a set of "Then and Now" photographs. There are some on the website already and more will follow. I have also been told of yet more albums of Boardman photographs so watch out for these in the coming months.

If anyone has anything which could be added to the Ludham Archive or to the website we would be interested in hearing from you. Also, if there is anything you would like to see on the website let me know.


Timjen    -- Nov-1-2009 @ 12:47 PM
  Hi Nigel

I really enjoy your site, the now & then images are fascinating.

Thanks for all the work you put into it.


woodwose    -- Sep-8-2010 @ 12:42 PM
  Hi All

Just an update on the Ludham Archive Website.

I have just added further collections of Boardman photographs, this time from the 1920s and 1930s. I hope these are of interest. To see them go to and hit the "Photographs" button.

I have also added a selection of other things to the site and these can be found under the "Interesting Stuff" button. There are also some odd Boardman photographs which don't really fit with the rest under "Boardman Stories"

I have got more photographs to add and I will do so once I have got them sorted out. There are some good ones but they come without captions and that makes things a lot harder. Keep looking in.


woodwose    -- Oct-14-2010 @ 6:35 PM
  Just added a new collection of farm photographs showing early mechanisation in Ludham. Also some new shop pictures with nice inside shots. Pictures inside old shops are always full of interest.


AdnamsGirl    -- Oct-14-2010 @ 7:00 PM
  Great stuff Nigel ... but good grief!

The scales on the counter in the first interior picture of Hudsons Stores are identical to the ones that my grandmother was still using in the bakery shop up until she retired in the late 1980s! Come to think of it ... the rest of the shop fittings also look very similar to those that were still in her shop until the new tenant had it refitted!  Scared

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woodwose    -- Apr-18-2012 @ 12:12 PM
  Hi All

Just to let you know that the Ludham Archive website has been further updated. There are changes all over the site with updates to the various items and lots of new photographs etc. Something of interest for everyone.


irstead    -- Apr-26-2012 @ 9:26 PM
  Thanks for the update on the site Nigel, Ill be visiting there tomorrow and staying at that lovely thatched cottage that you feature on your front cover. I come down to Ludham as often as possible as I have my boat moored in Horning, this is one of the best villages on the broads, I have many friends in it as Ive been coming now for over 50 years and attend as many village functions as I can.I even bring my Jazz Band to play there in the church once a year. I went to your last Archive diplay you held in the church, excellent. So keep up the good work its appreciated

best wishes  Peter

woodwose    -- Apr-26-2012 @ 9:49 PM
  Hi Peter.
I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the website. There is further new material to be added over the next few weeks.
There will be an Archive display at the Arts and Crafts event in St Catherine's over the bank holiday weekend.
We have a new slide show, but the whole archive is available for anyone who wants a look.
Enjoy your stay in Ludham.


woodwose    -- Apr-27-2012 @ 12:29 PM
  I have got some new pictures of the Fairy Garden and they have now been added to the website. All this can be found under the "Interesting Stuff" button.
I am sure that many older Forum members will have memories of the Fairy Garden and we are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have any.
Although many people remember the Fairy Garden and indeed the Bird Sanctuary, photographs are very hard to come by.
If you have any photographs or memories, please get in touch.

Ludham Archive

AdnamsGirl    -- Apr-28-2012 @ 8:40 PM
  Some great new pictures of the Fairy Garden Nigel.

I've just bought myself a copy of a book published in 1953 called "Quays without Locks" which mentions mooring at Womack Staithe. The author wrote about the "delightful whimsy, known affectionately as "Mrs Mole's"" which apparently on no account should be missed! Was this a reference to the Fairy Garden?

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woodwose    -- Apr-28-2012 @ 9:37 PM
  Hi Carol

Well, I don't know, but I think there is a good chance that this is a reference to the Fairy Garden. I will make some enquiries.


woodwose    -- Sep-12-2012 @ 10:41 PM
  Hi All

There are lots of updates all over the Ludham Archive Website. One thing that might well be of interest is that we spent the morning up the scaffolding on St Benet's Abbey today. Great views from the top. I have added a page of photographs and other information. It is under the "Interesting Stuff" button or follow this link:

You can see more pictures on Flickr. Follow this link:


Uncle_Nobby    -- Sep-13-2012 @ 3:43 AM
  Love the site Nigel - we moved to Ludham seven years ago and it's fascinating to see it how it was.  Many thanks for taking the time and effort to keep this alive.

lily    -- Sep-13-2013 @ 5:44 PM
  Only just looked at this its very interesting
There is a lot to see and the pictures from the top of the tower are really great  Smile

woodwose    -- Sep-16-2013 @ 8:26 PM
  Hi Lily

Thank you for your kind words about the site. It has taken me many years to write it and it is still an ongoing project with new material being added all the time.

For those who have not visited for a while, the site has had a makeover recently and has been revised to make navigation easier. There are new things all over the site. Currently, I am adding photographs from Chris Boardman's collection. There are quite a lot on there now and more to come.

If you are in the Ludham area on Wednesday, then why not come along to the next meeting of the Archive Group when we will be looking at photographs from the Boardman collection with Peter Boardman and Shirley Place. The meeting is at 7.00pm in the Sloper Room at Ludham Methodist Church in the middle of the village. There is no charge and you do not have to be a member (we don't actually have members).

Anyone with an interest in Ludham is welcome at our meetings. They are informal fun and free. See the website for details.

Ludham Community Archive Group

woodwose    -- Apr-7-2014 @ 4:18 PM
  There are lots more updates on the Ludham Archive Website. I have added a page about visiting Ludham by boat as we get so many questions about this on here. I would welcome suggestions about the sort of information people would like to see provided. See
There are lots of new photographs. In particular many more from the Boardman family. The ones from Stuart Boardman's Album and Florence Cork's album are new this week. See
Lots of other things added all over the site.

Ludham Community Archive Group

Mercator    -- Apr-7-2014 @ 5:18 PM

lovely photos , I did not know the 'old post office' was 'Throwers store'   how times change ... I think its a private house now . Thanks for posting this


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woodwose    -- Oct-25-2018 @ 12:15 PM
  Hi All

Just to let you know that the Ludham Archive Website has had a lot of new material added. In particular:

We now have a section collecting together Ludham Memories both written and on Video.

Our new book "Ludham A Century of Change 1900 - 2000" is now finished after over 10 years in the writing. It is available to read for free on the website and it is full of interesting facts and details.

There are other changes all over the site.

I hope this is of interest.

Webmaster, Ludham Community Archive Group

This message was edited by woodwose on Oct-25-18 @ 1:17 PM

Karen&Mike    -- Oct-26-2018 @ 2:17 PM
  Thanks for the update Nigel. You've put a lot of effort into this over the years and it makes for interesting reading.

Hope you are both well, K & M

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"

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