CHURCH ARCHITECT, A. W. ANDERSON
Andrew Anderson is my cousin, the second child of my father’s sister Olive. His father was Danish, who was brought to this country by the fish trade which he remained involved with in Norwich. His father died in 1960.
This picture shows him as a teenager about 1954. He is riding the pedal tractor which was made for me by Arnal Capps in his scrap yard at Thurton. He is rather big for it –after all it was intended for a five year old, me – but he seems perfectly happy. I wasn’t perfectly happy to see him on my tractor I must admit, but it was very strongly built, welded from thick steel. In fact it was rather heavy to pedal over the shingle in our drive, and went best on the tarred surface of the lane.
Andrew went on to study architecture in London, before returning to East Anglia to work in Norwich for Fielden and Mawson. He set up on his own, running his practice from the cathedral close here in Norwich. He specialised in church restoration, but was responsible for the design of St Helen’s church in New Costessey. He is now retired, and lives in East Yorkshire.
In his younger days he was a keen artist, specialising in wood cuts which he printed on an old Albion press. The symbol of a cross with the letter ‘h’ which is associated with St Helen’s church appears to be his work.
I have several posts on this blog which were written by Andrew, including on on the church he built in New Costessey, and one on the Norwich City Football Club badge which he designed.
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