From a chalk pit to Carrow Road - historian's talk to delve into history of Norwich City's grounds
PUBLISHED: 15:48 12 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:48 12 November 2017
Football lovers can take a trip back through time during an illustrated talk on Norwich City's three grounds.
John Litster, a football historian, will delve into the details around the club’s grounds during the talk in the city centre later this week.
He will look at its Newmarket Road site, today part of Town Close Preparatory School, where the club played from its foundation in 1902 until 1908.
They then moved to the disused chalk pit of The Nest, off Rosary Road, which today has been turned into housing, before a quick-build saw Carrow Road opened in 1935.
Mr Litster said: “I’ve been fascinated with the history of football from a very young age, I founded and edited a magazine on it for 30 years, and it’s something that’s very much in my DNA.”
The talk will be the first of three winter events held by the Norwich Society, with the second and third focusing on the city’s cinematic and brewing histories.
But Mr Litster there was a “fantastic” story to tell around the grounds.
“The structure of the Newmarket Road ground is still going and it looks the same as it did,” he said. “But they moved from there to the most incredible site of any football league ground.
“Carved out of a disused chalk pit, it was a very unlikely site for a football ground. The big embarkment was the terracing - it’s an unbelievable site.
“But luckily they outgrew the ground, because it was becoming dangerous for the size of the crowds it was attracting.”
He said Carrow Road, where the club have played for 82 years, was built in a remarkable 83 days.
The event will be held at the Assembly House, in the city centre, from 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 15.
For members of the Norwich Society, often described as the city’s civic watchdog, the event is free, but costs £5 for guests. Tea and coffee will be available from 7pm.
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