Engineering

Plumber to Surveyor (2009)

The contributor worked in engineering firms in Norwich as a machinist until he fulfilled an ambition to become a plumber and worked for several builders around Norfolk, including on large contracts for Norwich City Council. He then spent several years working for the University of East Anglia dealing with maintenance. Later he became "rent collector and […]

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Property Surveying 1948-1990. (2016)

I was born in 1930 and started school in 1935. I was at the local council school for about three years until my father and mother thought I was getting into bad company and decided that I should go to a little Roman Catholic school where they all wore nice little caps. I was nine […]

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Sailing through work. The potted history of Roy Forder.

I was born in January 1942 in Reedham at Ship Cottages next to the river by the Ship Inn and the swing bridge. A year later, we moved to Vine Cottages, 24, Riverside. It’s now split into three but we lived in the one which is renamed as Podgers Cottage after my father. I attended […]

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The career of an Electrical Technician – 1957 to 2000 (2011)

Following his early fascination with all things electrical, the contributor took up an Electrical Craft apprenticeship in Lowestoft in 1957. He enjoyed working outside in all weathers, learning his trade. He worked his way up through electrical engineering positions in Norwich and the Home Counties. He returned to East Anglia to a trailer and container […]

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The changing man. Sopwith apprentice to sports lecturer (2016)

John shares the story of his working life of change beginning with his early career as an apprentice in the motor industry with Armstrong Siddeley. John had a strong impetus to pass on skills and knowledge as evidenced by his activities in sports as a participant and as a coach. His desire to train others […]

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The Electronic Systems Designer (2009)

I went to a secondary modern school. This was at the end of the War, 1946 I think, something like that, and because the country had been pretty badly knocked about they were teaching all secondary school students things like bricklaying and carpentry and metal work and so on. What you might call constructional skills. […]

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The Medical Designer (2008)

My first job was an illegal one. During the school Christmas holidays when under the age of 14, (1935/36) a school friend suggested we applied to a circus that was coming to a local venue, Alexandra Palace North London. I was accepted as a Call Boy; in those days before the use of mobile telephones, […]

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The Millwright’s Story (1940s to 2000)

Peter began work at F. Flowerdew and Son in Norwich aged 16 in 1944 and trained as an agricultural engineer before becoming a millwright. He worked all over Norfolk and many parts of East Anglia. First Jobs My family had got connections with farming and I’d spent all my holidays working on the farm.  In […]

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The Municipal Engineer (1950-1990)

I left Grammar School in July ’50 and I didn’t have a job to go to. The careers advice that I got in those days was not very good and the only thing that the school could suggest was that I went into accountancy and worked in London. Well I had a brother and father […]

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The post office engineer – and the horses

My first job was before I’d left school. I started work when I was 11 year old on the farm as a ‘ho gee’ boy. In those days [late 1940s] agriculture was labour intensive and very much driven by horse power and during harvest time I had to lead the horses which were pulling the […]

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