The Great Thorpe Railway Disaster 1874
by Phyllida Scrivens £19.99
At Norwich Thorpe Station on 10 September 1874, a momentary misunderstanding between the Stationmaster, Night Inspector and young Telegraph Clerk, resulted in an inevitable head on collision.The residents of the picturesque riverside village of Thorpe-Next-Norwich were shocked by a “deafening peal of thunder” sending them running through the driving rain towards a scene of destruction. Surgeons were summoned from the city, as the dead, dying and injured were taken to a nearby inn and boatyard. Every class of Victorian society was travelling that night,including ex-soldiers, landowners, clergymen, doctors,seamstresses, saddlers, domestic servants and a beautiful heiress. Available from www.pen-and sword.co.uk
Thorpe St Andrew 1939-45 The War Memorial
by John Balls &Dale Wiseman. £9.00
War memorials are an important part of the history of a place.They give us details of the names on them, but they are a permanent reminder of a time and a sacrifice by many individuals and their families. These individuals have a place in our thoughts and remembrance is just as important today as it was when this particular tablet was placed on the Rrver Green 85 years ago.
Some of the stories that have been uncovered are extraordinary and the response of many current families has been remarkable.Their dedication through photographs and information supplied has been highly valued in this project.These stories will now live on to the next generations of families and the people of Thorpe. The book is available from Dale Wiseman email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Public Houses and Pleasure Gardens of Thorpe St Andrew by Nick Williams. Sold out but may be available in the local library.
Public houses have been an important part of life in Thorpe St Andrew since the seventeenth century or earlier.Several that exist today have welcomed customers for hundreds of years.Over the decades the nature of those pubs has changed-most now concentrate on providing food.No longer are they the venues where inquests are held, where the churchwardens enjoy a feast or where water frolics are held.Pubs have come and gone-fallen into disuse and awaiting demolition or converted to alternative use.New ones were built with great expectations but struggled to survive and closed. However, Thorpe retains a nucleus of public houses which serve beer and food and provide a warm welcome.This is their story- the events that took place in them, the landlords that ran them and the customers who used them. Cheers