Trowse, Then and Now Photos

Here’s some comparisons of historical photos in and around Trowse, and how things are today. It’s fascinating to create this sliders because the detail it reveals is amazing. For example, on comparing the old Royal Oak pub pictures you see old signs in the original pictures then when you look close up at the building today, you see the original holes but of course the sign has long since gone. Enjoy! If you have any photos of Trowse, please do get in touch!

The Trowse Tram Terminus

Back in 1934 trams came down Bracondale and ended up by the Pineapple Hotel & train station in Trowse. You can see the station and hotel in the background of the 1934 photo.

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..

 

The Pineapple Hotel

One of the first things you see as you approach Trowse. It’s been many things over the years. It was first recorded as being sold at auction in 1789, but has changed hands, name, licensee many times! Known as the PINEAPPLE & DROVERS INN 1830 & 1856, the DROVERS & PINEAPPLE 1839, As the DROVERS 1850. A sign reading ` Closed until further notice ‘ appeared on the door in May 1985 and that was it. Converted into offices in 1996.

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..

 

Trowse Station

It’s easy to forget that Trowse use to be a busy junction for people and cattle. Now, all that really remains of the station is a crumbling station building, increasingly falling down and being abused by grafitti yobs.  Built in 1945 and briefly used in 1986 as a replacement terminus for Norwich whilst the line was being electrified. Since then it has closed and fallen into disrepair. Here we compare how the station was in 1977 and 2018.

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..

 

Over The Bridge

Thanks to Joe Mason for this original photo (his Dad took it in 1958), showing how little has really changed in this part of Trowse.

 

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Sidings at the Pumping Station 

It’s easy to forget that the large bridge over the railway wasn’t there, instead a level crossing. Most of the houses on Trowse Millgate and on the opposite side of the current bridge were at street level. Anyway, this is a photo of Joe Masons’s father who was standing at the back of the pumping station looking at where the coal trucks used to unload the fuel for the coal-fired pumping station (out of use by the 1960s for many years). I dare say if I dig down a bit I will find the original rails!

 

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Modified Image As it is today..

 

The Old Post Office and Royal Oak

Most people don’t know the former May Gurney/Kier building was once two separate buildings, a post office on the left and a pub on the right. May Gurney joined them together to convert them into offices, but now in Feb 2018 they are empty and unused. 

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..

 

The Royal Oak Pub 

On the right hand side of the former May Gurney offices is the former Royal Oak Pub. Previously known as The CARPENTERS ARMS to 1865, The HARVEY ARMS 1869 & 1871, OAK or OAK INN 1875, 1879, 1888 and the ROYAL OAK by 1881 to its closure as a pub in 1967. If you look carefully at the brickwork above what used to be the door towards the front, you can still see where the sign was fixed!

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..

 

Trowse Bridge

Although I can’t yet find an original date for the construction of Trowse Bridge, there’s probably been a bridge then since medieval times. From what I can see, the original bridge was not as wide as the current one, and suffered serious damage in the 1912 floods shown below.

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..

 

Church Meadow

As you come into the village, on the right hand side just after the church and hall was a few buildings that were pulled down between 1914 and 1928. You can see the Church Hall on the right hand side of the photo, and on the left the railings which are still in place around the border of the meadow. The photo was probably from around 1900, but could be much earlier. You can see the buildings again in the photo of the Street (2) below, on the left hand side.

 

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The Street 1 (including the little shop)

Apart from the cars, not a lot has changed in this park of Trowse for over 100 years. The shop remains open (new people as Peter Crane stepped down in 2016) but still used. 

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Modified Image As it is today..

 

The Street 2 (where the water trough is now)

 

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The horses here are coming to visit the stables that used to be at the back of the White Horse Pub – now used as their functions rooms. Note in the background on the left were some shops/buildings that are no longer there. 

 

The Street 3(Upper Trowse)

Taken in 1910 and 2018, here’s how The Street in Trowse compares:

Original Image As it was..
Modified Image As it is today..