I was shopping the other day and found Tizer and Anzac biscuits on the shelves. I couldn’t resist as both were childhood favourites and I haven’t seen either in the shops for years. They didn’t disappoint either although I swear they’ve tinkered with the flavour of Tizer.
This shopping expeience got me thinking about other products that you don’t see today; leastways not everyday. When it first opened the Navigation would have allowed the distribution of goods in this part of Norfolk with an ease not seen before. When I first moved to Brampton there was an old lady in the village who had a grandfather clock in her living room which was made in Great Yarmouth and was, apparently, delivered to the village two or three generations previously by wherry.
There was marl used for making bricks, whatever happened to that trade I wonder and an early toll book lists amongst other things a product called “Buck” which attracted a toll of 1/6d (7.5p) per ton. It’s listed in the same category as Wheat, Barley and Malt so I’m guessing it is agricultural and I bet somebody out there can tell me what it was. Likewise there was “Cake” – which I know was for the cattle.
More mundane items carried included Manure, Hay and Bricks (both white and red seperately rated).
The above wherry is thought to be the Palmerston which was built in 1898 and owned in Aylsham by Stanley Bullock. She is pictured moored with her hatch covers off ready to receive cargo at Aylsham Mill. I’m assuming she will be loaded with something agricultural probably for Yarmouth. I wonder what she had on the way up – I bet it wasn’t Tizer or Anzac biscuits and just in case you’re so minded I do know they were still several years in the future.