The contributor tells us about her wartime childhood in Norwich, and then about working in several Norwich enterprises including Macintosh's chocolate factory, the office at Boulton and Paul's and at Jarrolds store.
Mile Cross Residents
In her youth our contributor was in service at her local Hall and later in Norwich, including in the Mile Cross area. She remembers as a child rushing through meadows of cowslips and primroses. Her husband worked for a rose grower.
After returning from the Far East after the War, the contributor worked for Mann Egerton's on maintenance of buses and then at Sexton Son & Everards shoe factory maintaining their lasts. Later he became a postman, and experienced the transition from hand to machine sorting of mail.
Two sisters recall when Mile Cross was first built and the happy childhood they had there.
The contributor describes all the activities in Mile Cross today and how she finds it a good place to live.
This is the first part of a long contribution from a couple still living in Mile Cross. Some of the topics are: Early life in Norwich Childhood games and childhood illnesses Starting a life in the shoe industry at 14 – men's and women's roles Going to the Hippodrome on the tram, and changes in […]
The second part of this story continues with: The war – firewatching, men leaving the factory and women doing new jobs Mile Cross in the twenties – people moving from the City, the general strike and the pubs
The contributor and her friend tell us about growing up in Mile Cross.
The contributor began work in shoe factories at 14 as a "clicker". He then went into the Navy and saw the world as a seaman. On return to Norwich he worked as a builder.
The contributor worked in a shoe factory until she joined the Land Army during the war. She enjoyed the work, including driving the tractor, and after the war carried on working at the farm to which she had been assigned.