Trowse Before Cameras

It seems odd today that cameras didn’t exist until quite recently, so if you wanted to record what you saw then you would have to paint it. The Norwich School of Artists generated some wonderful paintings of Trowse, partly because in the 19th century Trowse was an idyllic setting and wasn’t too far from Norwich on a horse.

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History of Trowse & Whitlingham by Joe Mason

The following excellent article on the history of Trowse is published with kind permission of East Anglian historian Joe Mason. It contains a fascinating insight into the village’s local history (including Whitlingham) with some great photographs. Thank you Joe! [Read more…]

Life in Trowse from 1853 – Memoirs of Samuel Fowler

If you have ever wondered what life was really like in Trowse in the 1800s, you’ll enjoy these memoirs transcribed by Samuel Fowler’s (1853-1940) great grandaughter Gladys Fowler in 1946. It depicts in wonderful detail what Trowse was like, how it has changed and some of the characters that lived in the village. All the text is as it was recorded, and I’ve added a few notes in italics. [Read more…]

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! [Read more…]

Meet the Local Bobbies, 9th and 28th March

There’s two Street surgeries on Friday 9th March at Highways nursery (midday), and Poringland Primary School at 15:00.  Do pop along if you have any queries about local policing and meet Stuart Sansbury, Police Constable who is also the Poringland beat manager which covers Trowse. Alternative get in contact with Stuart on 01603 276207. [Read more…]

Yay, Redwell bar open again for business this Friday!

Check out on the EDP website.

Redwell Brewery Tap teaming up with Brick Pizza to celebrate reopening weekend. (L-R) Redwell Brewery (Photo: Sonya Duncan) and Brick Pizza (Photo: Joanna Millington)

Development in Trowse

Several years ago there was a campaign to keep Trowse special. Despite overwhelming support to prevent further development of the village, particularly along White Horse Lane, the County Council largely ignore the overwhelming desire of the local residents and pushed ahead proposals to move the school and develop more of the farmland into houses. Back in 2012, South Norfolk released a document (available here) that emphasised the model village nature of Trowse, and with ref to development of White Horse Lane:

“The rest of the Conservation area on this side of the road is still farmland. It is important that it should remain so, in order that the form of the “model village” is not further ‘blurred”.

So blurring is progressing, and more boxes are going to blur the landscape and fill the pockets of the property developers who don’t have much concern for community at all.

I would urge people to read the document, particularly those who wonder why they have been asked to change their windows and doors whilst the heart of the village is being ripped out and moved. The document may read like a meal review at times “The solidity of the posts and rails along the full length of the Common complement the delicacy of the cast iron railings” but it is a good example of how priorities of different councils and interests sometimes overwrite the desires of the local communities. It is also a reminder of how much of taxpayers money is wasted.

Anyway, have a read.


Trowse Parking for Trowse Residents

As most residents of Trowse know, there’s a big parking problem in the village. There simply isn’t enough spaces for the amount of people there are in the village. County Hall staff who aren’t allowed to park at County Hall on certain days simply use Trowse as a car park, further compounding the problem. Football parking too creates it’s own headaches for local villagers.

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New Trowse Primary School Designs – Evening to have a peek

Exciting scheme to relocate and enlarge Trowse Primary School

Display of plans for proposed new school and nursery on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October 2017

An opportunity for parents, residents and others interested in the future of the school to view the proposed plans for a new school to be built off White Horse Lane.

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Trowse Pylons Coming Down – Video

Most of the pylons around Trowse have been replaced by underground cables. I thought you might enjoy a little video explaining their history and to see them being pulled down and chopped up. The video is of the ones down Whitlingham Lane near the river.

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Trowse Junior Netball Club

Trowse Junior Netball Club is a fun and friendly club currently looking for players of all abilities from ages 7-18. 

We provide weekly training sessions, led by 2 UKCC qualified coaches, as well as weekly competition in the Norwich League. There are also pay and play taster sessions on offer, so there is something for everyone!  [Read more…]

Like to have a go at singing on Friday 28th?

Like to try your hand at singing with Trowse’s very own singing teacher? Well, Lauren Dove is kindly hosting a singing workshop on Friday 28th July at the Old School Hall (next to the church).

Songs with a Summer theme, 12.30-2pm £5 and £3 for under 14s. To book a place visit or email her on 

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Historical Photos Bundle

During the 13 or so years I’ve been running the Trowse website, I’ve come across a wealth of photos that may be of interest to people in, or who have had relatives live in Trowse. I’ve a bundle of really interesting photos (in no particular order) that may be of interest to people. So I’ve stuck them on the site for you to enjoy. Have a read through!

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Trowse Old Pumping Station Interior Photos

It’s a common sight for most of us each day, that familiar clock tower and the overgrown garden. Few people get to see inside it, but local photographer Dibs McCallum very kindly let me share his excellent photos of the pumping station from inside. [Read more…]

Old – Trowse Newton Hall Ruins (photos and history)

It’s been overgrown for years, but a team of volunteers began to clear the site around the old Trowse Newton Hall. It’s got a fascinating history so I’ve attached some recent photos before and after the clearance, along with some history (courtesy of Joe Mason in his excellent blog).

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Goodbye May Gurney/Kier Message

I received this message from someone who works at Kier (still known to us locals as May Gurney) today. Sad times, but hints at how much the staff have enjoyed being part of Trowse.

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Hi resolution aerial Photos

Hello, some time ago a friend with a drone came and took a load of photos from the sky of the village. I’ve been meaning to upload these at a higher resolution for ages, so here they are! Low resolution ones have been here for a while, but these new ones contain much more detail!

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Norfolk Homes Masterplan for Trowse + New School

Don’t know about you, but I get rather lost trying to follow what’s happening in the village when it comes to major developments. Thank goodness for people like Trevor Lewis one of our local councillors who does a sterling job. Anyway, here’s the current masterplan! As you can see, the new school is delightfully placed at the edge of the Trowse community next to the A146 whereby our little cherubims can enjoy the delights of traffic noise and pollution. 

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Whitlingham Park Events 2017

There’s loads going on in the park this year, here’s a list of events scheduled! 

Easter Craft & Willow Weaving Friday 7th April

Join our craft workshop to make your own mini Easter basket (including mini eggs) from willow, bramble and dogwood. Age 6+, no unaccompanied children. From 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. £5 Adult, £3 Under 16’s, £14 Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Booking essential: 01603 756094.

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Creative Arts Workshops in Trowse @CreateNorwich

Starting on 14th March 2017, Genevieve Rudd will be leading 3 new weekly creative arts workshops, for toddlers & parents, children and adults, at Create Norwich (next to Trowse Church) every Tuesday.

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