Month: May 2014

Back in the HMSO

The now redundant HMSO building, Sovereign House in Anglia Square Norwich North. This was shot from the first floor of what would have been a two storey ‘Mall’ or shopping centre as we called them before America snuck in under a veil of capitalist freedom and deemed to give them a slightly more marketable name. So I’m standing in the car park area that’s since I think been fenced off to stop the itinerant skateboard crew from having any fun or breaking a limb by falling off the roof. The gulls that have run out of herring and dabs...

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Shot at Dawn: John Abigail

John Abigail; A local lad, local to anyone in Norwich It’s a longer story than I can write, and a sad tale too. Born in Thorpe Hamlet, they moved to Oak Street shortly before the outbreak of The Great War. John was one of eight children, the family were poor one with more than it’s fair share of troubles. Records point at John’s parents exhibiting what now would probably be termed a “chaotic lifestyle” his father was a drayman dragging his demons around behind him; possibly more inclined to spend his meagre income on alcohol in the local pubs...

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Imagined futures past: ’45 Plan

After the bombs had fallen wrecking a large area of the city centre and indeed laid waste to a huge amount of the city’s housing stock around the fringes of the city and out into the Norfolk Countryside, The Corporation started to explore some brave new ideas; these were formalised in the production of the 1945 Plan, this large book outlined most of them. How you put a city back together as a modern European city, extravagance of the imagination was affordable, whether building it all was possible was another matter entirely, as you will see some of it...

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Magdalen Street 3: St Margaret – beating the demons

Magdalen Street’s  hidden history: The lost churches Part 3, St Margaret. About thirty years ago, there was a little club in Magdalen Street; a brilliant little grubby hand-me-down from the age of jazz, blues and skiffle. Sitting towards the end of Magdalen Street it covered a distinct hole in the market for the beer drinking, flailing youth of Norwich and Norfolk who didn’t like Flicks, Ben Sherman shirts and creases in their chinos. It had provided a refuge for the less inclined to toe the accepted line for a good few years before. Originally the White Lion; a pub...

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