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A look at the way we were - through the eyes of artist HJ Jackson.

PUBLISHED: 13:49 21 December 2012

Print of Paradise Place, Norwich, by H J Jackson

Print of Paradise Place, Norwich, by H J Jackson

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The island that was Paradise Place in Norwich before the bulldozers came

A striking image of the “village on the hill” in the heart of old Norwich...before it all came tumbling down in the name of progress.

This is the island that was Paradise Place and it gives you a real sense of what this bustling community of homes, factories, pubs and shops looked like.

Thank you for all your calls, letters, emails and photographs highlighting the people and places which made this part of the city between King Street and Ber Street so special.

This wonderful print was produced by the talented Norwich printmaker H.J.Jackson and is probably the largest he ever produced - 58cm high by 94cm wide.

HJ is an artist who has lived and worked in Norfolk, mostly Norwich, all his life. Quite some time as he celebrates 60 years of linocutting in 2013.

“I became intrigued by this area in around 1958/9 when I was doing my National Service at Britannia Barracks, having previously studied at Norwich Art School,” he explained.

“I used to go to this part of the city of an evening to draw and sketch the street architecture - to the extent that one dear lady living in a house on Rising Sun Lane, near where I regularly sketched, would bring me a cup of tea if she spotted me drawing,” he added.

“I ended up producing lots of drawings and sketches, building up to a number of linocuts of the area. This scene shows Paradise Place - the island of houses in the middle - as viewed from the site now occupied by the Evening News/EDP offices,” said HJ.

Take a close look and you can also see on the Norwich skyline ( left to right): the Watney Mann brewery building on King Street, a coal hopper in the Thorpe Station yard, the football ground and the John de Sepulchre Church on Finkelgate, near the end of Ber Street.

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