NORMAN ROAD

Building the town end

By Ricki Carver

We are not certain on the exact houses being built.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'NORMAN ROAD' page
This page was added by Ricki Carver on 31/07/2011.
Comments about this page

The HSE would would have had a field day if they had been around then. Those aprons would have to go. The rubble on the ground is a trip hazard and I wouldn't want to be working on that scaffold, it doesn't look as though there is a guard rail, and that ladder looks a bit too upright, but it would be alright for Fred Dibnah. Where are the hard hats? but for all that I bet they were all good time-served tradesmen though. Unlike some of the people who I worked with before my retirement. After a six month course at college they think they can do the job when in fact very few of them can. Sorry will get off soap box now, I am just glad that I am retired.

By Terry Howard
On 16/08/2011

I would have thought that the men in aprons were "chippies". wasn't that "dress" the norm for them to wear? We certainly always had to wear aprons in woodwork class at school. As for the scaffolding, lashed timber pole scaffolding is still used in some continental countries today without any trouble, and anyway there have been several occurrences of modern steel tube scaffolding collapsing in this country even with the HSE around

By RB
On 16/08/2011

Yes, I always had to wear an apron when I was an apprentice. These days on big sites they don't like you wearing anything that can flap about. On some sites they don't like shorts or even short sleeve shirts. My sister-in-law and her husband live in Hungary, they don't have scaffold on re-roof jobs there, they lean a ladder on the gutter, climb on the roof and start work and on housing estates they still use wooden scaffolding with no guard rails. We have travelled all round the country and it's the same everywhere. They do however use lightweight scaffold towers on the high rise blocks and for working on the Cathedrals, but it still doesn't look very safe. As you say though, there have been collapses over here, I was on one a few years ago, not a nice feeling. I will see if I can find my photos of the Hungarians working just to compare with this scene. By the way Hungary is a fantastic place to visit, I can't wait to go again. The food is great.

By Terry Howard
On 19/08/2011

This photo was taken in the early 1920's and shows my Grandfather, Thomas William Novis (third from left) and his crew.  His son Hugh Novis, is fourth from right in dark waistcoat.  Our oral history credits Tom Novis with most of the construction of Norman Road. 

Sorry, can't identify the others.

By Terry Mitchell, Australia
On 26/02/2015

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