Mrs. Aggie Cooke remembered arriving from Swardeston as a young girl
with her family and leaving garden tools for safe-keeping with Mrs.
Mickleburgh, then at no.37. Mrs. Alice Alborough [Bill's mother], who lived at
no.48 until she died, remembers moving in on 11th November 1936 when
the rent was 8 shillings and 6 pence (43p) a fortnight. There was a small shop
in the front room of no.38, the home of Mrs. Robinson - her father (Mr. Rix)
had owned the orchard on which the houses were built.
seemingly primitive conditions I got the impression that my parents thought it
was a vast improvement on where they had been living. That was in Scott's
Terrace - a row of five three-storey houses on the site of what is now the
vet's.' [At the North End of Mulbarton]
Before the Post Office renumbered many Mulbarton houses, the 'Council
Houses' were numbered consecutively from Long Lane, along part of Cuckoofield
Lane, to the most northerly council bungalow in Birchfield Lane (no 36). Houses
in St. Omer Close were numbered 37 to 54. The house opposite no 36 Birchfield
Lane began the sequence again - at no. 55 - which then continued into the rest
of Cuckoofield Lane. This road has numbers - but still has significant gaps.
Interesting for historians, but hopeless for delivery drivers!!
After World War
2 there was a desperate shortage of housing. The RDC built 'Airey Houses' - of
prefabricated concrete - on the vacant plot of land west of Birchfield Lane
which they had purchased for housing almost twenty years earlier. The first
residents moved in around 1950, and among them was Monty
Norman who later played football for Norwich City, Tottenham
Hotspurs and England. These distinctive concrete houses lasted some 35 years,
and in 1985-6 the residents were gradually moved into temporary accommodation
while their houses were replaced with a new style of prefabricated dwelling.