Norman Cross Memorial (1914)

Large crowds in attendance at the unveiling of the Norman Cross Memorial on Tuesday 28th July 1914. The memorial to the 1,770 prisoners who died at the Napoleonic prisoner of war camp was erected by theĀ Entente Cordiale Society and featured a bronze eagle which was stolen in 1990 but replaced by a new one in 2005 after a fundraising appeal.

Norman Cross Hotel (c.1906)

The Norman Cross Hotel pictured around 1906 with the A15 London road on the right and the A1 Great North Road running from the foot of the image and to the left of the hotel.

Norman Cross Motel

The Norman Cross Motel at the A15 / A1 junction – date unknown. This roundhouse building is incorporated into today’s Holiday Inn on the same site (2016).

[Photo: Charrington Brewery]

Norman Cross Memorial (1925)

Photographer Harold Burleigh “Charlie” Thompson pictured with the Norman Cross Memorial in July 1925, eleven years after it was erected on its original site, sixty five years before the original bronze eagle was stolen and seventy three years before the memorial was moved along the A15 to its current site to allow the A1 to be widened.

Image courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection

RAC Scout – Norman Cross – 1920s

A superb image showing an RAC Scout at Norman Cross in the 1920s.

To the left, north-west, is the English Garden Hotel. To the right is the garage facility outside the Norman Cross Hotel.

The RAC introduced uniformed mobile patrols around the roads of Britain during 1901 with the patrolmen wearing a uniform not unlike the military police of the day, including tailored jodhpur trousers. The patrolmen had an army-like rank structure with corporals, sergeants and officers. Mounted on Matchless motorbikes with sidecars containing a tool kit, fanbelts, engine hoses, and metal cans of spare petrol they were usually located on standby at laybys and major road junctions. Until around 1930 control could only contact the mobile patrolmen by telephone, so they waited by public telephone boxes for the callout. From 1957 onwards they were equipped with radio sets for two way contact with their local headquarters.

Image courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection

Norman Cross Hotel – 1920s

A front and side view of the Norman Cross Hotel in the 1920s.

The hotel stood on the corner of the junction between the Great North Road and London Road.

Images courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection

Norman Cross – 1920s

A wonderfully rural scene at Norman Cross with the Great North Road running away from the camera with the English Garden Hotel on the distant left. The foreground shows the road to Folksworth on the near left.

Image courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection

Crossroads Garage, Norman Cross

Crossroads Garage sited on the Great North Road near Norman Cross.

Pictured in the 1920s, there is still a Cross Roads Garage on the same road today at Conington albeit I’m not sure if the two shared the same site.

Image courtesy of Marcus Thompson from the Harold Burleigh Thompson collection