Month: January 2015

Lost in a Landscape: Felbrigg

Plank Bridge. That’s what it means, bit of Old Norse from Denmark ‘Fjol’, and a bit of Old English ‘Brycg’ itself a Friesian word which is almost the same as the Saxon which in itself shows how close the waves lap the shore when it comes to settlers, or invaders or whatever you want to call them. Felbrigg is close to the coast, three miles from Cromer in a wooded valley such as valleys are in Norfolk’s not as flat you think topography, it’s quite shallow and contains Scarrow Beck, dammed to create the lake that forms part of...

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Coasting: Caister

March 2013, a scouring North Easterly for a few weeks changed the profile of Caister (and Hopton) beaches, revealing some secrets that haven’t been seen for a decade or so, estimates indicate losses of between five and ten feet of sand, most of what was left seemed to be blowing horizontally in our faces. Revelations include this (Type 26, 2 loupes, in case you wondered) which although usually visible is a lot more visible than normal, just south of here you can make out the foundations of the Manor House Hotel, and there’s a long dark area of sand...

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Lost in a landscape: Booton

There’s things you round a corner and don’t really expect to see in the corner of a field, ostriches for instance, rare but not unlikely, elephants, I’ve seen photos of elephants in Norfolk fields. Booton has a really staggeringly odd, stamp-on-your-brakes sort of church stuck in a field just up a hill from the village. St Michael the Archangel and All Saints. It looks more like a minster than a parish church, and in the afternoon’s dying light as you head downhill from the main road you could almost mistake it for minarets or large oddly shaped conifers, almost...

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Lost City Ghosts: Oak Street & St Martins

106 to 114 Oak Street, when George Plunkett pounded the streets in 1936 snapping away at the other end of the time tunnel, these rather lovely Tudor houses were still there, then a period of massive vandalism occurred during which Norwich reshaped itself, partly with the assistance of the Luftwaffe, which had a deleterious effect on some of Oak Street (more of which another time). But also an act of corporation grossness which had already started to delete various ‘slum tenements’ mostly around the yards of the North part of the city, as well as around Ber Street. There...

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Lost City Ghosts: St Augustines, The Rose Tavern

The Rose Tavern (previously also known as The Rose Inn), popular little pub on st Augustines, one of about six. It died in the 1980s after the Big Red Barrel war that spelled the end of so many pubs and ushered in an era of quite unpleasant fizzy rubbish beer that is now being ushered away slowly by a lot of pubs. Sadly not before huge rents and extortionate beer prices of the grubby property owning big commercial brewery chains have strangled quite a few more. Thankfully the resurgence in micro-breweries continues apace, I’m glad, it pleases my tastebuds,...

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Lost City Ghosts: Botolph Street & The Shuttles pub

This is Botolph Street in 1938 taken by George Plunkett and in 2013 when Botolph Street doesn’t really exist, its path altered and it’s name changed to New Botolph Street, almost just a bus lane and a way of gyrating the traffic around in an ever confusing manner around the stale old buildings of Anglia Square. The last vestiges were removed in the early 1970s as our tidal wave of time surged towards hoverboards and jetpack ownership for all on the back of the mini and the beatles and LSD (if you believe popular social history) then stumbled in...

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Hidden history: Traces – Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris

We have family in Paris, or nearby at least on a trip last year we went to see them and spent various days bumming around in the middle bit staring at things and drinking small coffees and trying not to look too gauche or too much like tourists. One evening My brother-in-law parked up just around the corner from Le Jardins du Luxembourg, we were all heading off to the Café Le Rostand to have a coffee and stroke the cat; Roxanne or Cyrano, I’m not sure which it was, On the corner of Rue Auguste Comte I spotted...

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Ghosts: Ypres in the Great War

This is an ongoing series of Ghosts that I tend to do on an as and when I’m in the right areas to do them and can find where they were taken. The difficulty being the extend of the damage to the front and the 100 years mean sometimes it’s difficult to place anything at all, muddy fields being muddy fields. A lot easier in places like Ypres. The earliest date from 1915 which are the Lakenhalle on fire the last are of the Lakenhalle (Cloth Hall) and the Menin gate in 1919. being from Norwich we already had...

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Great War: Zeppelin raids 2

A couple more ghost composites to commemorate the Zeppelin Raids on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn on the 19th/20th of January 1915 both in Great Yarmouth in 1915, created exactly 100 years to the day. The soldiers are stood in the doorway of the Drill Hall near St Peter’s Plain and they are holding a bomb that fell at the back of 78 Crown Road and the picture below is St Peter’s Plain on 20 Jan 15 These are again slightly hasty, and have been done with the assistance of Picture Norfolk and Steve Smith (who snapped the base...

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