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Nostalgic photos capturing Norfolk’s trams through the decades

PUBLISHED: 16:32 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 07 February 2018

Trams at Yarmouth Market Place, 1922 Photo: Arhcant Library

Trams at Yarmouth Market Place, 1922 Photo: Arhcant Library

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Trams were once a familiar sight in Norfolk. We scoured the archives to find some photos of trams around the county.

George Hill pictured driving his tram in 1902. Photo: Archant LibraryGeorge Hill pictured driving his tram in 1902. Photo: Archant Library

As these photos show, for many years they weaved their way along Castle Meadow and Orford Place, past the Guildhall, and through many other city streets such as Dereham Road, Unthank Road, Earlham Road and Magdalen Street.

The tram network was developed under the impetus of town clerk George Butler Kennett and the supervision of architect George Skipper. It was installed from 1899 and had the most dramatic impact on the city’s streetscape since its development after the Norman Conquest. More than 17 metres of tracks were laid originally and a terminus constructed at Orford Place with a depot at Silver Road. The tram network ran for 35 years, from July 30 1900 until December 10 1935.

As well as being a popular mode of transport in Norwich, trams were also used in other parts of Norfolk and Suffolk including Wisbech, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

For more nostalgia join our Facebook groups Lowestoft and Beccles Remembers, Great Yarmouth Memories and Norwich Remembers.

A flock of sheep driven along Earlham Road by a shepherd and his dog. Animals, not cars, caused traffic delays in those days.  Dated  1930'S Photo: Archant LibraryA flock of sheep driven along Earlham Road by a shepherd and his dog. Animals, not cars, caused traffic delays in those days. Dated 1930'S Photo: Archant Library

Norwich trams travelling towards Newmarket Road Photo: Archant LibraryNorwich trams travelling towards Newmarket Road Photo: Archant Library

Tram in Gorleston High StreetTram in Gorleston High Street

Tram lines being filled in, Norwich 1936. Photo: Archant LibraryTram lines being filled in, Norwich 1936. Photo: Archant Library

A  tram passing by on Dereham Road, Norwich. Photo: Archant LibraryA tram passing by on Dereham Road, Norwich. Photo: Archant Library

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