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
Dorothy tells of growing up in the countryside, working in service and living in Mile Cross. I was born in Wramplingham, just outside of Norwich, on the Barford Road. My father was a farm worker all his life, he did milking and all the rest of it, hedge trimming all sorts of things. I only […]
Victor tells of his early life in Cambridge, the Territorial Army in Norfolk, working at Mann Egerton, and the best years of his working life as a postman in Norwich. Early life in wartime I left school in 1934. Nothing much happened in Cambridge, well it didn’t anywhere then. I lived right near the railway […]
Olive and Rosina grew up on the Mile Cross estate. They talk to us about their childhoods, what they think of the estate now, what it used to be like and their lives in this community. Olive: I was born at my grandmother’s up the top of Kett’s Hill, in, well I’m now 87. Rosina: […]
Sylvia describes what life has to offer in Mile Cross today and finds it a good place to live. I moved to Mile Cross in 1996 and I quite liked it from the beginning. Obviously it’s a bit strange when you go anywhere new. I live in a terraced house. There’s a lot of terraced […]
Ronnie and Mary share their memories of living in Mile Cross and working in the shoe industry. Childhood – fresh bread and chestnuts Mary: I was born, ten minutes before my twin sister, on 30th December in 1927. We were born at home in Alma Terrace, between Aylsham Road and Waterloo Road, on the original […]
The contributor and her friend tell us about growing up in Mile Cross.
Charles recalls his life in Norwich, working as a clicker in the shoe industry, and being at the helm during his time in the Navy. Early days I was born in Armes Street, just off Nelson Street, in Norwich. I’ve been in Norwich most of my life, apart from when I joined the Navy. I […]
Jean tells us about working for Bally and Haldinstein’s making shoes before joining the Land Army at the age of 20. After I left school I went to work for Bally and Haldinstein’s where they made shoes. The factory was in Queen’s Street in Norwich. The working day was quite reasonable. I worked from 8am […]
Jack submitted his recollections growing up on the Mile Cross estate and describes how it affected his life. The period covered extends from about 1927 or 1928 to 1950 with a gap between 1942 and 1947 for Army service. I have been asked to try to remember my experience of growing up on the Mile […]