Hippersons is a long established business, it grew out of a general engineering operation setup before the second world war. Captain Barker took over in 1955, and built a variety of boat classes for the broads along with his wife. During this time the yard was based in 'Puddingmoor' in Beccles.
The Harrison family bought Hippersons in 1970 and continued to build boats until the mid-1980s - many of these are still cruising the Broads today. During the early 1980s, they acquired and developed the site at Gillingham Dam. This included draining the marshland and dredging the mooring basin.
We plan to build on the foundation provided by the previous owners and look forward to meeting you at the Gillingham Dam site.
As with the former owners, we plan to leave the original company name in place as Hippersons is well known throughout the Broads.
I think its safe to say we like boats, we seem to spend a lot of our time in, around or out on them. Boats are one of the oldest forms of human transport, and there is something about them that captures the hearts of many.
We are Simon, Mary and Nate Sparrow and live at the boatyard on our barge 'Misterton'. Simon worked in IT for 25 years before deciding on a change in direction and Mary was recently the head teacher of a large secondary school and has now joined the boatyard full time. Nate has only ever lived on a boat and likes to help with various aspects of the yard operation.