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Memories of life in the “village on the hill” so many years ago - and hard work in the “Yard List” at Colman’s.
It was time to dress up in their Sunday best - the photographer was calling at the school on the “village on the hill” and while the community has gone, these rare pictures have survived.
They were taken at the school playground at the biggest Horn’s Lane School during the 1920s and come from Tony Gray - that’s his mum, Alice Groom in both pictures wearing the same spotty dress.
She is on the right in the front row on one and, second right in the middle row on the other.
The family lived just down the hill in Argyle Street. There were six girls and one spotty dress, used for best, which was passed around the sisters.
Their dad William Groom worked in the “Yard List” at Colman’s Carrow Works, loading and unloading goods and cargo at the busy works. It was a backbreaking job before the days of fork-lift trucks.
It was a job which his grandson Tony did many years later. “Mention the Yard List and it will bring back a lot of memories,” he said.
“The family didn’t have much in those days and my mum looks so think. She was born in 1916 during the First World War when there were a lot of Scottish soldiers living in the area. I doubt if they understood each other!” he said.
Alice married Bob Gray, who worked in the shoe trade with Sexton, Sons & Everard, and they moved into a house on the hill in St Julian’s Street.
Tony was born in 1947 and that’s where he and his mum and dad lived until the houses were torn down in 1960. “It was a lovely house. All we needed was the toilet bringing inside. There was no need to pull it down.
“The village was a fantastic place to live in those days. It was a golden age for me. I loved the place.
“Us children played on the bomb sites. Everybody knew each other and there was a real community feel to it.” recalled Tony.
“Looking back, some of the houses were in a bad condition and needed to come down but others should have been kept and improved. They would be worth a fortune today,” he said.
The area between two of the oldest streets in the city - King Street and Ber Street - covered almost 60 acres and was home to thousands of people. There were 22 pubs, 42 shops, a collection of factories and two schools.
<t> Coming up soon. Some amazing pictures highlighting just where the old streets once stood.