Mile Cross sits to the North West of the City Centre and on the far bank of the river Wensum, so for access to the soon-to-be-built estate and subsequent expansion of the City further to the North and West, the Corporation needed to start building bridges. Before any of the new bridges existed, the onlyContinue reading “Over the Wensum and down with a bump.”
Mile Cross Gardens. At the entrance to the estate at Suckling Avenue sit two ornamental gardens. These once-attractive gardens were designed by the parks superintendent Captain Sandys-Winch
Sight lines: something sadly lacking from any of the later additions to the estate, and something seemingly lacking from anything else designed in Norwich from the 1960’s onwards. This shot is taken looking South along the long footpath simply named: ‘The Lane’ by the estate’s engineers.
Before I start, here’s a little warning to let you know that you’re going to see the word “point” a lot. Sorry. At the very south-western extreme of the estate, the two major boundary routes, the Fakenham and Aylsham Roads meet at a single point. It’s at this point (I did warn you) that youContinue reading “Mile Cross – topography to the point”
Moving North along Bignold Road will find you following in the footsteps (or tyre tracks) of the first builders onto the estate. Bignold road heads it’s way north from Drayton Road until it reaches the horseshoe shape that is Appleyard Crescent; which has become 0.7% more infamous since the resurgence of the Star Wars seriesContinue reading “Mile Cross – expansion and toilets.”
Mile Cross. A corporation-built housing estate in Norwich that has a bit of a reputation for being a bit rough, and in some places I suppose it is – some of it falls into the “most deprived” category – as in most deprived places in the UK – but that doesn’t mean we should writeContinue reading “90 years of Mile Cross – a photo tour.”