Tuckswood Girl leaves a Mile Cross Legacy

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”

Albert Bayes – Lakenham Boy leaves a Mile Cross Legacy

How do you write a piece about a man you’ve never actually seen a photograph of but know so much detail about? It’s quite hard and this is why I love historical photography, particularly photographs of people. If the subject is looking at the camera you can see into their eyes. Even if they’re noContinue reading “Albert Bayes – Lakenham Boy leaves a Mile Cross Legacy”

Arthur Prentice. “Fungi”

If you speak to anybody who remembers growing up on the Mile Cross Estate from the very early days and right through until the 1960’s it won’t take them too long before they mention a seemingly infamous character going by the name of “Fungi”, his farm or his pit. “Old Fungi”, “Farmer Fungi” or evenContinue reading “Arthur Prentice. “Fungi””

The Mile Cross Railwayman: “Puffing” Billy Beeston

Way back in 1928 a couple going by the names of William and Dorothy Beeston (Billy and Doll) moved into their new home right here in the middle of the Mile Cross estate. Both born in 1900 and aged 28, they’d travelled up from Suffolk to live here and the reason for their relocation acrossContinue reading “The Mile Cross Railwayman: “Puffing” Billy Beeston”

Mile Cross disturbs the neighbours – Heigham.

I haven’t written anything in a while as my head’s been in a bit of a muddle, but after popping out out for an evening walk with the kids a week or so back, a few bits and pieces of an old puzzle began to form in my head. We’d ended up just over theContinue reading “Mile Cross disturbs the neighbours – Heigham.”

Mary Jacobs, now and then.

Just a brief entry to show that I haven’t disappeared completely. I’ve had my fingers in far too many pies of late and haven’t had time to concentrate on one thing long enough to form anything coherant enough to form one of my usual long and rambling entries. This merging of two photographs – orContinue reading “Mary Jacobs, now and then.”

The 25th head to the coast. Almost 100 years ago.

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry about how the 25th Scouts came to reside in Mile Cross some 70 years ago, I’d been kindly allowed to borrow a couple of their fantastically-aged photo albums to see what I could find and share them with you lot. The following fantastic images are what interestedContinue reading “The 25th head to the coast. Almost 100 years ago.”

The 25th get their new Scout Hut

This Saturday (24th November, 2018) I was invited along to the Centenary celebrations of the 25th Norwich Scouts. Seeing as both my children attend the Cubs and Scouts here and the fact there was free tea and cake to be had (as well as a chance to bend the ear of the Mayor) it wasContinue reading “The 25th get their new Scout Hut”