Monday, 6 February 2012

Norwich 1945

I was recently privileged to be loaned a document which was never intended for the public domain and which set out how it was planned for Norwich to be after the war.  

Due to bomb damage there was a perfect opportunity for a complete rethink of the City, some plans which came to fruition.  

Those of you who know Norwich will be aware that the majority of the riverside area is now given over to commercial premises and private housing.  Interesting that all those years ago the river was looked on as a public asset. 

I found this link on Flickr which might be of interest.  The pictures are taken from the 1945 document but some of them may be earlier photos.

60 years ago

I was at school when the King died and can remember being called into an assembly where the news was broken.  It was very sad and a lot of girls were crying but I didn't cry as I hadn't really known much about The King and my parents, although loyal to the monarchy, weren't strong royalists.

My father made a television for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - the screen was about 10 inches in an enormous wooden cabinet but we were the only people in the road with a telly!  I remember we had flags out at the front of the house.


We woke up to about 4 inches yesterday and the birds tapping on the window, pointing at their mouths like Simon's cat.  I counted 16 blackbirds on the crab apple tree, the fence and the ground at one point - and one fieldfare.  The photo is one I took earlier ....

During a walk through the village in the afternoon we saw an igloo

and a promise of spring in the churchyard.

 Home to a warming cuppa and fruit cake.