Fascinating glimpses into Hellesdon’s past can be seen in these photographs from Tony Adams’ family album.
Tony, of Reepham Road, a Broadland District Councillor for Hellesdon South East and a member of Norfolk County Council, has lived in the parish since moving as a little boy with his family from Exeter in 1947.
Many of the places he was familiar with during his childhood are now lost under housing estates.
CORONATION TEA: This party scene was taken in June 1953 at a children’s tea celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The venue was the old Firs Stadium, famed for its speedway racing. It’s been replaced by homes on Meadow Way and Meadow Close. Do you recognise any of the faces?
BOUNDARY STADIUM: In the following photo, Tony and his older brother Geoffrey are pictured behind their home on City View Road with the Boundary Greyhound Stadium in the background.
Tony remembers that there was a football pitch in the stadium where he used to go and watch Norwich City’s B team play.
The area behind his home was completely open space where children would throw down a couple of coats to mark goal and play their own football matches.
AIRMEN’S BARRACKS: Once airmen’s barracks for men stationed at RAF Horsham St Faith, these Fifers Lane buildings were used from the 1960s onwards as accommodation for UEA students. They’ve since been redeveloped with housing.
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