The main road through Thurgarton (the A612) is nowadays a busy highway and pedestrians attempting to cross can grow old waiting for a gap in the traffic. The photographs and postcards below take us back to late Victorian and Edwardian Thurgarton.
A time when –
– children could play in the middle of the road
– and a farm lad could take his time driving a cow down the highway.
A time when horse drawn carts travelled at walking pace although a pony and trap could travel at a fair lick especially coming down the hill –
– but going up Thurgarton Hill, which was much steeper in those days, one had to pace oneself.
It was advisable to take refreshment before starting the climb at The Coach and Horses –
- – or stop halfway up at the Red Lion
— and if one had over refreshed and suffered a breakdown then simply roll back down to the smithy at the crossroads.