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Before our time perhaps, but maybe we have elderly relatives who can remember back that far.

What got me started was a conversation about lighting in houses before the universal availability of electricity.  Loddon I know had a gas works and gas supply in the town, which marked it out from most places, other than Norwich Gt. Yarmouth and Lowestoft.  Then I have seen reports that Roy’s provided street lighting in Hoveton so, were those gaslights? Was there a domestic supply? What about Stalham?  I presume that most of the villages before the war still used oil lights, does anyone know when electricity became generally available?  Is it true that the railways laid gas mains along the tracks?  The suggestion was made that on some of the remote Broadland farms they were perhaps 25 years behind the times.

I can remember when not only United and Express dairies   but also Price’s Bakery used horse drawn carts in central Norwich.  They were phased out in the mid fifties I think but what about the county districts? Did they continue to use them longer? There were other oddities in this area, which we did not have in Hertfordshire like the ‘Corona Man’. Doorstep deliveries of fizzy pop in returnable bottles with ceramic reseal able tops.  ‘Cherryade’ was my favourite I remember.  


'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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not Norfolk Bill, but we had the Corona man in London, Hall and Co.delivered our coal by horse and cart as was the bread and milk.We had gas lighting and had to change the mantles sometimes.We also had trams.

gordon

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Don't know Hall & Co hope they didn't deliver the milk and the coal on the same cart Scared  Yes and of course the brewer's drays. Plus grandfather rushing out with a bucket and spade to collect the droppings for the roses Smile

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Good Lord Bill, thanks for making me feel my age this morning, I remember those kinda things also.. Smile

We had fruit and veg delivered by horse & cart, and yes the roses did bloom well in those days. The rag & bone man with his goldfish & sticks of rock. I was only a kid but, happy memories. Run down to the butchers with a bowl to collect hot foggots with gravy.
Life seemed much simpler in those days... Smile

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Thing is, Paul...there are those south of Watford who think things are still like that round here now! Lol!



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hi john ,
we think things are still like that around your parts now !!! what was this you was telling me your day job was the other day ? something about horse and cart ? and having to go out at the begining of the evening to light the gas street lamps ?  Playful Wink
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steve and vicky

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I can just remember my parents phone number being 26 and that we had a manually operated exchange, that the honey cart visited us well into the late fifties, that coal was delivered from behind a hoss, that Dan Dare & Horace Batchellor were on Radio Luxemburg and Dick Barton on the Light Programme, that cod & chips was 2/3p and a pint was 1/2p, that we had crystel sets and the bogs at the Waveney Inn were just that, and you had a post to hold onto so you didn't fall in!!

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I had a short stint working for the council on the honey cart, in North Norfolk, and that was the mid eighties!!!
We had to creep about in the middle of the night trying not to spill TOO much.  Scared

Andy and Di

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The end of rationing, ha! I remember when grapefruits came off ration. My father had a grocery shop and brought us all one home. After six or more years without my family were all savouring their grapefruits, but I had never had one. In I went, it must have been awful, I remember their shock at my response to that awful, sharp taste of that grapefruit.

I'm sure we can all remember our early years. I can well remember going to the Jenny Lind and anesthetics was still ether dripped onto a gauze mask over the patients face.

Then there was a trip to the shoe shop, and they had an X-Ray machine to show how well the shoes fitted, that was fascinating to us kids.

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So long as you didn't take your work home with you Andy!

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