Our sleuth Emma, has been seeking out some of the forgotten buildings of Norwich. A brief look into the forgotten history of some of Norwich’s most interesting buildings.


Trowse Pumping Station

Anyone who has ever popped down to Redwell Brewery, just on the outskirts of south Norwich, may be familiar with this historic building. Trowse Pumping Station was officially opened in 1909 and was responsible for the drainage of the local sewage into the river Yare and Wensum. The original pumping station consists of classic Victorian

red brickwork and features. The workers cottages, just to the side of the main building are still in use today by private residents. Modern sewage systems have since been built to replace this site, leaving Trowse Pumping Station derelict since the late 1970's. Whilst the facade of the building remains fairly untouched,

the same can sadly not be said for inside. Decaying throughout, the original machinery has been removed leaving behind a vast, empty and decaying space. Despite this, you can still see the Victorian industrial structure and get a real sense of the importance this building played for our city and the surrounding area. So next time you may be walking by (or stumbling if you

have one too many Redwell beers!) show off to your mates a bit of local knowledge about this fascinating and oſten forgotten derelict building.

Eastern Energy Factory

Located South on the River Wensum, lies the abandoned Eastern Electricity factory. Lying largely derelict and forgotten, the most prominent feature is the 40,000 word transcript inscribed onto the exterior walls by artist Rory Macbeth. The artist carried out his work in 2006 and chose to inscribe Sir Thomas More's entire 100 page book 'Utopia' as part of the EASTinternational contemporary art exhibition. At the time, Rory Macbeth explained that he chose Sir Thomas Moore's novel as it's “as valid now as it was when it was written”. Published in 1516, 'Utopia' is regarded as a radical socio-political imagining of a perfect, self-contained island. Taking several weeks to complete, this fascinating art

project has wowed and bemused local residents and tourists alike. The building was set to be demolished soon aſter the exhibition; however it still stands proudly over a decade later. If you haven't see this amazing piece of work yet, head down there sooner rather than later as rumours of future development plans are beginning to circle.

Words & Pictures Emma Creaton 12 / AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2019 / OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK

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