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This site attempts to draw together various resources which give a picture of the life and times of Braunston dockyard when it was owned and worked by the Nurser family between 1876 and 1941.

It is intended to be a living archive, resource for all and a vehicle for me, as grandson of Charles Wesley Nurser, to learn more about my family history.

Any information, suggestions or corrections will be gratefully received and every attempt will be made to improve the accuracy and scope of the contents.


On the 29th July 2013, on the occasion of the Annual Braunston Vintage Boat Rally, Timothy West and Prunella Scales unveiled a plaque commemorating the Nurser family.  As well as the unveiling, Tim Coghlan, the current owner,  has  instituted an annual 'Nurser Award' for the best preserved and restored boat at show.  

Following purchase by Andy Hunt (grandson of Frank), two cans decorated by Frank Nurser have returned to Braunston.  In the picture Sheila Becket (granddaughter of Walter Nurser who was also involved in his brothers' business) receives the cans from Ian Lemon, the previous owner.  It is hoped that the cans can be placed on public display at Braunston if a suitable venue can be found.  Sheila and Ian are standing outside Champion House.  Now Sheila’s home, this was the original Champion Inn, part of William Nurser’s purchase when he acquired the dockyard in 1876.  The House sign was painted by the late Ron Hough.

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     © Graham Nurser 2012