A wherry called Mayflower at Burgh staithe

Isaac Helsdon's boat in the flood.
Isaac Helsdon’s boat in the flood but who are the passengers?

This photo is believed to show the Mayflower wherry moored next to Burgh Bridge sometime in the late 1800s. It was sent in by Hannah Burton who would like to know the story behind it.

The wherry was owned by James and Isaac Helsdon, one or both of whom could be the men in the photograph. Isaac Helsdon was a timber merchant and owned a staithe at Burgh Bridge. In later years he lived in a cottage in Brampton. He died in 1931. He was Hannah’s great great great grandfather.

James Helsdon, who could be Isaac’s older brother or son is listed in Kelly’s Directory 1895 as a coal merchant in Burgh.

The staithe at Burgh Bridge was probably destroyed in the catastrophic flood of 1912 when up to eight inches of rain fell on one day in August over east Norfolk and destroyed many of the bridges and moorings along the Aylsham Navigation.

Hannah lives in Tuttington.  She says: “We found the photo while sorting through my recently-deceased grandparents’ house in Banningham. We don’t have any other connection to Burgh. Our family history is mainly in Tuttington and Banningham, we haven’t moved far.”

If anyone can add anything to the story behind these photos, please contact Hannah and the editor.

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