Sprowston woodland to be named after miller’s family

Part of the woodland that is being renamed after the Harrison family who owned the Sprowston Postmil

Part of the woodland that is being renamed after the Harrison family who owned the Sprowston Postmill.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

It is a symbol of a town that few people living there today have memories of.

Mills and Windmills Sprowston Windmill. This picture of the old mill that used to look over Mousehol

Mills and Windmills Sprowston Windmill. This picture of the old mill that used to look over Mousehold Heath was reproduced from a glass negative taken in the 1920s by Mr. Frank Hall of 10 St Alban's Road, Norwich. The mill known as Sprowston Post Mill, was used to grind rice for the manufacture of starch before it was burned down in the 1930s. Mr. Hall said he took the picture with a Kodak Ensign quarter-plate cameraDated Mid 1920s. See notes above.Photograph C1600

But the legacy of the family who ran Sprowston Post Mill will live on as an area of woodland is to be named after them.

The woodland currently split into Harrison's Plantation, The Breck and Boar Plantation, which span an area between Blue Boar Lane and Salhouse Road, will form a new park called Harrison's Wood.

At a meeting of Sprowston Town Council the name was chosen to remember the family's links with the area.

The woodland was secured as a public open space through a neighbouring development at White House Farm and will be passed from developers to Broadland District Council, who will in turn pass it to the town council.

Sprowston Postmill which burnt down on March 24, 1933.

Sprowston Postmill which burnt down on March 24, 1933. - Credit: Archant


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The project forms part of the Sprowston Neighbourhood Plan, which will see projects take place to improve the town for residents over the next decade.

Plans for Harrison's Wood include making the area more accessible by creating additional cycling and walking trails.

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A new connection from Plantation Drive through the neighbouring Cottage Plantation across Blue Boar Lane will be built along with a new puffin crossing so that residents can cross safely.

Funding was secured by a grant from the Greater Norwich Growth Board and it is hoped that the space will be publicly open later this year.

Do you have a story about Sprowston? Email Sprowston reporter George Ryan at george.ryan@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772748.

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