History – WW2 Anti Aircraft Gun and Power Station

Every now and then I come across something about the history of Trowse and the surrounding area. In this instance I found a base for a WW2 anti aircraft gun opposite the May Gurney/Keir site, and some interesting photos of the powerstation that used to be just across the river.

WW2 Gun Base

If you cross the road from May Gurney/Keir and walk along the path by the side of the river, about 50m along to your left you’ll see this. It formed part of the South Norwich anti aircraft battery. There are also signs of the search light batteries that were stretched along this south side of Norwich.

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Coal Fired Power Station

Demolished in 1981, the only visible remains of this power station are what I call Bill and Ben, the two tall slim pylons (soon to come down as part of the ongoing cable burial project).

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Old Norwich Power Station from the air, not top left is the current site of the Norwich Sailing and Canoe Clubs (known as Trowse Eye)

Old Norwich Power Station from the air, not top left is the current site of the Norwich Sailing and Canoe Clubs (known as Trowse Eye)

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Norwich, Thorpe, Power Station. [images/photographs]

Taken from Trowse in 1966, see Bill and Ben on the right?

Taken from Trowse in 1966, see Bill and Ben on the right?

 

Here’s a wee video too:

How the Pylons look today!

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And how it would have looked if it was still there (taken from canoe club)

 

How the Thorpe power station would look today (from the Trowse Canoe Club)

How the Thorpe power station would look today (from the Trowse Canoe Club)

Some Aerial Shots – 1946 and 2016

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Aerial photo from 1946 – see the smoke coming from the coal fired power station?

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All demolished and trees have covered where the power station was. This is also the proposed site of a renewables power station!