In the past, most people worked on the land. But even local farms provided produce for local industries!
The most obvious industrial building used to be Flordon Mill - read more about that on its own page.
Old Directories list very few trades for this very small village, apart from the miller. A blacksmith is listed, who was also landlord at the Black Horse (1845, 1864, 1883); one farmer was also a maltster (1845); 2 shopkeepers and a bricklayer are listed in 1864; and there were 2 coal dealers in 1883.
For many years the smithy was associated with the Black Horse, where the landlord was also a blacksmith.
Chronicle 20 July 1822
To BLACKSMITHS &c.
To be SOLD by AUCTION by J SHARPE and SON, at the Black Horse Inn, at Flordon, on Thursday, July the 25th, 1822, at Four o-clock in the Afternoon.
A Desirable OLD-ESTABLISHED SITUATION for a Blacksmith, at which a good trade has been carried on, situated in Flordon street, consisting of a good brick and tiles House and Shop adjoining, now in the occupation of Mr. Abraham Lansdale. Possession may be had at Michaelmas next.
Another trade associated with the Black Horse when Fred Havers was landlord in 1939. Later he moved across The Street, opposite the end of Long Lane and continued as carpenter and coffin-maker. His great-niece, June, remembers: 'Fred & Maud Havers left running the pub moved into the adorable cottage across the road. This is where I had such wonderful memories - my uncle Fred used to make us little wooden boats to sail in the stream behind the cottage....'
This was situated on Station Road, opposite the
track down to the station in 1939 it was Moy's Coal Depot. Later it was a
Coal used to come into a siding at Flordon station and the coal was loaded into sacks. It was then taken to the coal yard at the top of the hill and then tipped into stacks depending on the grade of coal. Then it had to be reloaded into sacks to be delivered.
Norwich Mercury, 28 June 1884
FLORDON RAILWAY STATION. MODERN RESIDENCE, Coal Yard, Stables, gardens, and about an Acre and a half of ARABLE LAND, Newly-erected COTTAGE, with large garden, a considerable Country Coal Trade is now being conducted on this Property.....AUCTION on THURSDAY, the 17th day of JULY 1884, at the Railway Tavern, Flodon, at Five for Six o'clock, in Two Lots.
Janice Hale remembers walking down to Moyes coal yard each month with an order for coal - Reg Fuller would take orders and deliver. They had a shed made of blocks which was the office. Reg retired about 1980.
of Station Road, Flordon, worked for Charringtons, the coal merchants, for 52
years. He left school at 14 and began work by delivering corn and seed on a
tradesman's bike around Harleston for Moys Corn Cake & Seed Shop. By the
time he was 21 he was doing a man's work at the local coal depot, becoming
manager at Tivetshall when he was 25. During WW2 he joined the RASC spent 6
years soldiering around Europe and taught new recruits how to drive heavy
lorries. After the war, Reg returned to Charringtons and was made manager of
the larger Flordon branch, where he worked for the next 30 years. Reg is a keen
Norwich Football Club supporter, rarely missing a home match - a true "Canary"
and a great Charrington team man, too. (Article & photo from
local news reports - undated)