Construction & Maintenance

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 Craftsman Plumber (2011)

Born in 1933, the contributor learned his trade as an apprentice plumber and, after National Service in the RAF, worked in the trade for most of his working life. Post-war development opened up opportunities in the building trade – commercial, industrial, as well as domestic so there was a whole gamut of trade. "Norwich was […]

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The Master Bricklayer (2009)

My family, the Gs, have been in Sprowston at least 150 years. My grandfather was born in a little old cottage just down the road there in them flint houses. It's gone now, they've pulled it down. He was born in the same year as was carved in the wall of the flint houses – […]

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Three generations of woodworkers (1969-2019)

Although considering himself a Norwich man, Bob was born in a converted railway carriage in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk. His family has had three generations of woodworkers and carpenters in it. He learned his trade through an apprenticeship and worked in building and for South Norfolk Council. In retirement he does a little joinery and cabinet work. […]

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