Engineering

Life at Reckitt and Colmans (1943-1987) (original version)

This account of a happy childhood, adolescence and working life within the Colmans community will stir many memories. Do you remember the Carrow ‘Steam Horn', the railway and Alpha and Beta, the dark days of the bombings, the works canteen and the Carrow Abbey Dining Room? The contributor, who was employed at Reckitt and Colmans […]

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Mechanic and diesel fitter (2012)

The contributor started as a tractor mechanic apprentice at Mann Egerton in Norwich and carried out repairs on farms. He went on to join the gas board as a fitter looking after the stationary pumping engines at Gas Hill Norwich and then gas board vehicles in Roundtree Way.

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Plumber to Surveyor (2009)

The contributor worked in engineering firms in Norwich as a machinist until he fulfilled an ambition to become a plumber and worked for several builders around Norfolk, including on large contracts for Norwich City Council. He then spent several years working for the University of East Anglia dealing with maintenance. Later he became "rent collector and […]

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Property Surveying 1948-1990. (2016)

I was born in 1930 and started school in 1935. I was at the local council school for about three years until my father and mother thought I was getting into bad company and decided that I should go to a little Roman Catholic school where they all wore nice little caps. I was nine […]

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Sailing through work (1960s-1980s)

Born in Reedham at Ship Cottages next to the river and the swing bridge, Roy left school wanting to work on boats. At age 16 he began an apprenticeship with Bell Boats, Brundall. I was born in January 1942 in Reedham at Ship Cottages next to the river by the Ship Inn and the swing […]

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The career of an Electrical Technician (1957-2000)

Following his early fascination with all things electrical, the contributor took up an Electrical Craft apprenticeship in Lowestoft in 1957. He enjoyed working outside in all weathers, learning his trade. He worked his way up through electrical engineering positions in Norwich and the Home Counties. He returned to East Anglia to a trailer and container […]

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The changing man. Sopwith apprentice to sports lecturer (2016)

John shares the story of his working life of change beginning with his early career as an apprentice in the motor industry with Armstrong Siddeley. John had a strong impetus to pass on skills and knowledge as evidenced by his activities in sports as a participant and as a coach. His desire to train others […]

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The Colman’s steam engineer (1948-1983)

  Alan worked at Colman’s as a steam fitter and engineer and later at Eastern Counties Newspapers. I was born in 1933 and left school at 14. My first job was at Brett’s the cabinet makers – they had a little factory in Chapelfield and I went there with a load of tools my parents […]

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The Electronic Systems Designer (2009)

I went to a secondary modern school. This was at the end of the War, 1946 I think, something like that, and because the country had been pretty badly knocked about they were teaching all secondary school students things like bricklaying and carpentry and metal work and so on. What you might call constructional skills. […]

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