Author: Nick

Gate guardians – Coltishall and Horsham.

This post is a short one, more of a response to this post and the photo which was found in a jumble sale in 2016 by Julie Chettleburgh. It contains a fabulous photo of a Spitfire on Farmer’s Avenue (above) which caused a flurry of excitement as everyone either remembered it or tried to work out which spitfire it was. Finally after a bit of Faffing about Peter Arnold – a spitfire expert has got in touch and confirmed one of the various ideas that was being thrown around, which was that this Spitfire above was the Gate Guardian...

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Coasting – Bacton

Bacton; a place name to conjure with if you know North East Norfolk’s emptier fringe. A confusing piece of coast where as you move North of Happisburgh the cliff first drops and as you swing further there is a vale where Walcott sits. As the cliff starts to rise a series of tiny villages grow on the shallow slope where the mud, clay and sand cliffs start to rise and gain height again towards Mundesley and Trimingham. Walcott marks the lowest point, the exposed concrete edge leading on past the Poacher’s Pocket where the welcome to Bacton sign marks...

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Lost in a Landscape: Buckenham Carr

Heading west of the city 2 days before Christmas and it’s all a bit of a bind, a glue of cars sticks the inner ring-road fast, the whole route backed up with shoppers, escapers, people leaving work early, the driving dead. The light is at its most tangential, the winter movement of the sun keeps it low over the walls all day, and as it starts its last arc before disappearing behind the sawtooth roofs the traffic doesn’t quell, the slanted light thrown up and back off the surface, reflected in mirrors behind you, smeared by condensation in the...

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Through glass: norwich 1960s – part 4, streets

Part 4. difficult to subdivide these really, so the obvious one was to produce a post of the street scenes or buildings which were shot. Some things are instantly recognisable, others less so. some things just haven’t changed much beyond a coat of paint, others are lost below concrete, brick or tarmac.   Briton’s Arms Britons Arms or Goddes House (and the King’s Arms) is a very old building believed to date from the mid 14th century. Its proximity to St Peter Hungate hints at previous uses that possibly relate to the church it has had numerous uses including...

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Through glass: Norwich 1960s – part 3, churches.

There aren’t many of churches in the Phoenix collection, but what there are are fairly interesting. A selection and also some of the archaeological dig in near the Garth at Blackfriars and the Art College. St Helen’s Church, Bishopgate. Not the original St Helen’s which was in the field this was shot across, demolished and rebuilt where it now stands. Under Lord Suffield it became part of the Hospital of St Giles and remains so today as the Great Hospital, only open on open days it features the Eagle Ward, a remarkable collection of ceiling bosses and an interior...

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Through glass: Norwich 1960s – part 2, Pubs.

There are a fair selection of pubs in this batch, some still exist, some don’t, all are interesting in one way or another. these are in no particular order and are pretty much straight out of the box. The Plough Inn, Farmer’s Avenue. Most people my age know this as The Rouen which it was from 1973. Before that it was The Plough Inn and previous to that as The Plough and Horses, its proximity to the cattle market probably having some influence on that. It dates from at least the 1820s and may have a history as a...

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Through glass: Norwich 1963 – The Phoenix slides part 1.

This is the first of a series of posts. These will be based around a collection of found photographs which were pointed out to me by a friend in possession of someone else I know who didn’t really know what to do with them. These were picked up at a jumble sale; a huge set of slides; some 400, around 60 of which are Norwich which is where the unknown photographer hailed from we’d think. The rest are from holidays and trips, from Edinburgh to Kent. He or she shot on 120 film and had them converted to 56mm...

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The Wilderspins

Suffolk regiment – Thiepval memorial. I just thought it was worth recording this little collection of grief, rolled down through 100 years, a whole family and one friend all commemorated at Thiepval, under the Suffolk Regiment’s Panel. Whenever you go to any of the big memorials, someone will have gone to the trouble to do this, always. Moving stuff from a trip in April 2012. I’ve since visited William Wilderspin at Gordon Dump. The 11th Suffolk’s are the Cambridge Battalion (as was). Two of them are here at Histon Methodist Roll of Honour Comments from K a family member...

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Cambridge – persistence of memory

My mum grew up here. Her and my ancestors were here for hundreds of years working as maids and cleaners, labourers, cartmen and brickies, laying the railways, further back pulling the root veg through the surface of the peaty soils to the north or tending beans and peas in the south. Eight hundred years give or take a few, moving down to the bottom of the fens from Lancashire and Yorkshire for reasons lost somewhere on the way. I’ve followed the fanning lines back in both paper and pixels, watched them leave their names in the landscapes her family...

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