Episode Eleven: Roy Ho-Ho-Howard’s Christmas Memories


In a special Norfolk Heritage Centre Podcast episode, Roy Howard shares his warm, funny, and festive Christmas memories with us. Roy is a member of the Norwich Community History club, a friendly and welcoming group that makes history accessible for everybody. The group meets at NHC every Tuesday from 11am-12pm, and is always open for new members.

Roy was born in 1942 and grew up in Costessey, Norfolk. He went on to work for Norwich Union and start a gardening business, before becoming Taverham Garden Centre’s very popular Father Christmas. Roy also took part in our Historypin Connections project last year – he is a fantastic storyteller, and you can find more of his stories here.

We’ll be back with more podcast episodes in the new year, so don’t forget to subscribe. Merry Christmas from Norfolk Heritage Centre!


Episode Ten: The Thorpe Rail Crash of 1874


On the 10th of September, 1874, two trains collided in a head-on collision in Thorpe St. Andrew, killing twenty-five staff and passengers. In a talk given at St Williams Way Library, Nick Williams from Thorpe History Group looks at the circumstances behind this tragic accident, and the impact that it had.

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Image from Picture Norfolk:¬†Edward Pococke’s engraving of the collision, 1874