Site of historic laundry transformed into streets of houses

Wasteland on Laundry Loke, North Walsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

The former site of a laundry at the heart of a town for more than 100 years has been transformed into streets and homes.

The site on Laundry Loke in North Walsham had been left empty and overgrown for more than a decade after it was demolished in 2006.

Now, it has been transformed into Heather Close and Lavender Way, a nod to former laundry operator Lavender Linen.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

The development features 43 new homes with 32 available at affordable rent and 11 which will be shared ownership properties designed to encourage people onto the property ladder.

Its first residents moved in on March 15, with the rest available to rent or buy from operators Flagship Group.

North Walsham laundry.

North Walsham laundry, where explosives were found in 1957. - Credit: Archant


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The original North Walsham Steam Laundry had to be rebuilt in 1906 after it was devastated by fire and was not reopened until April 1936 when it opened with a new vertical boiler and steam engine allowing it to process 4,000 articles of clothing per week.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing.

The former site of North Walsham laundry has been transformed into two streets of housing. - Credit: Casey Cooper-Fiske


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