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The changing face of Riverside in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 13:16 05 April 2012

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A pair of pictures which illustrate how the factories, workshops and engine sheds have been swept away in The Fine City of the 21st century.

The changing face of Norwich’s Riverside. Today it is a place to work, rest and play with homes, shops and restaurants along with a cinema and bowling rink.

But there was a time, not that long ago, when this was part of the industrial heartland of the city with factories, workshops and flour mills and timber yards.

Now the giant Riverside Works of Boulton & Paul has been swept away along with the engine sheds – once home to the mighty steam locomotives which served us for so well.

New bridges have been built, more homes are planned. Times change but the memories live on.

Former workers, skilled craftsmen, meet up from time to time to mardle over the old days and discover how their lives have been changing. Some have retired. Others still working.

Today only the river – our lifeblood – looks the same.

Just take a look at this pair of pictures taken from the same spot which are featured in the book In and Around Norwich Then and Now by the late Philip Standley and Terry Burchell published 10 years ago.

THEN – the engine sheds at Norwich Thorpe Station between 1930 and ’34.

Just look at those magnificent steam locomotives which travelled between the city and London. Once seen never forgotten.

NOW – Terry took this picture of the same scene looking towards the city from Carrow Road, the main engine shed has disappeared to reveal trains still running to the right, with Thorpe Station and the cathedral visible.

The rest of the site is made up of the Riverside we know today with Koblenz Avenue now linking King Street and Carrow Road to Riverside.

Look out for In and Around Norwich Now and Then by Philip Standley and Terry Burchell. It is still in the shops.

A reunion for all railway workers is taking place at Arkwrights, Hall Road, Norwich, on Friday April 13 from 7.30pm - all are welcome.

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