Electricity & Gas
Mains electricity arrived
in Mulbarton about 1930. The Malthouse (then Malthouse Farm and Thorpe House)
was connected in 1931. Before then, Mulbarton Hall was one of the few - maybe
the only - house to have electric light, supplied from its own private generators.
the end of 1931, the Men's Club wrote to the Trustees of the Parish Hall
(Wingfield Hall) 'with regard to equipping the Room with electric light'. The
estimate for installation was '£8.13.0d, [£8.65p] with extras for special
billiards lights.' The trustees agreed to pay £4 and the Men's Committee the
balance. By December they had agreed to have a locked fuse box and 'four 60
watt bulbs be purchased with a view to economy'.
distance from the road and the expense, the church was connected a few years
later, as a news report of the Harvest Thanksgiving service, 1934 indicates:
light is now installed at Mulbarton Church and was used at the evening service
for the first time." Rev. C. B. P. Ramsay Rector and Rural
Nov. 25th The electric has been installed in the school by the Managers.
on a cottage next to the Church which was thatched... "I had
piano lessons with Flo [Utting]. They did not have electricity at that time, so
when it got dark Flo would light the hurricane-lamps at either side of the
piano to enable pupils to see for the lesson."
bliss of not shovelling coal! But there was no more ash to scatter on icy roads....'
the School had to wait yet longer:
all houses had electricity, even by the War years, but maybe the church thought
it not worth connecting the condemned church cottages:
first arrived in the village in 1973 when a 4-inch main was laid to serve the
two new estates. It was more than ten years before houses on the older estates
were able to get a supply.