August 24th 2001. It was a morning like any other, I’d dragged myself out of my bed and was unenthusiastically contemplating breakfast before another day of staring blankly into a computer screen in a bland office. My weekday morning indifference was interrupted by a vibrating mobile phone on my bedside table making me wonder. WhoContinue reading “Tuckswood Girl leaves a Mile Cross Legacy”
A look back on the last 100 years of the council house.
In 1958 Norwich City Council decided it would be a good idea to move their entire labour force to a brand new and centralised depot named The “Norwich City Works Department”. The new depot was to be located Just off Mile Cross Road, opposite Harmers Clothing Factory and the junction of Havers Road and itContinue reading “Mile Cross Depot”
I recently stumbled across three fascinating images taken along the section of Drayton Road stretching from the Lidl roundabout to the junction at Asda. I’ve covered Drayton road fairly comprehensively over the course of this blog and those stories can be found below (all worth a read if you haven’t already): Nigel Neale The DolphinContinue reading “Drayton Road”
When some people hear the phrase “Council Estate” they tend to form an image or opinion in their head. Often that image or those opinions can be slightly misguided. Read on… The state of housing in the late Victorian era was becoming increasingly more dire as the century went on, partly because various initiatives toContinue reading “I’m ‘Council’ and I’m also a human being.”
In most households up and down this funny old country are lots of little hints of local history caught on film. Most people have a collection of old photographs from their or their family’s past, either sat on the bookshelf or hidden in a dusty box in that dark corner of the attic. More oftenContinue reading “Little bits of history hiding on the shelf”
When the finishing touches were being applied to the estate back in the late 1920’s, tree planting was an important aspect of the ‘Garden City’ design and layout. A mixture of trees were used, and their size depended on the hierarchy of the roads they were to be planted on. The two main arteries: AylshamContinue reading “Sorbus’ final hour.”
Tucked away and hidden out of site by the trees in summer, you could easily miss this interesting little building as you drive along the northern end of Mile Cross Road.
Then and now. Mary Jacobs. Mary Jacobs poses proudly for a photograph