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6th Jul 2005, 16:10  

chopin says:

*sniff* *wipes tear*

6th Jul 2005, 16:15

Helen says:

*Bottom lip quivers*

W-what are they d-doing?

6th Jul 2005, 16:20

Rich says:

They're sending it to a happier place, where it'll be able to be a hotel/vomitorium for lots of lovely students... Look over there, l'il Waveney, this won't... hurt...a...bit...

6th Jul 2005, 16:31

Helen says:


(It was a bit crumby, but cheap.)

I was in block A, top floor, facing away from the university. Not a bad view, of the carpark.

6th Jul 2005, 16:37

Rich says:

Mmm, carpark. Part of me thinks it's a shame, I lived on Gipsy Lane for most of my life and the UEA was always a presence in my life. Probably the main reason why I like that sixties concrete architecture. As Victor Lewis-Smith once sang "East Anglia was concrete but it was nice"

6th Jul 2005, 17:22

Helen says:

I really like the concrete. I am very fond of it. I feel very at home in the NT too.

(But then I was quite determined not to go to a red brick university... and UEA could never ever be described as red brick.)

6th Jul 2005, 17:31

Joe says:

I've only been once, it was a skaters paradise....not a brick in sight

6th Jul 2005, 18:04

Helen says:

Just received this. Made me sad.

The End of the Terrace

Waveney Terrace - home to thousands of UEA students over the last 33 years - has finally reached the end of the road. The demolition of blocks A-J will begin next Monday, 25th July - the remainder of the the building will be demolished next summer. Much loved, Waveney Terrace opened in 1972; what it lacked in aesthetic charm was compensated for by a sense of community and character.

If you were ever a resident of Waveney Terrace and would like to mark the passing of a significant piece of your own history, you might like to join in with our web auction of Waveney Terrace memorabilia rescued by contractors from the stripped-out building. Items include a selection of door plates, Waveney Terrace signs and an original Bertoia chair. The auction is hoping to raise funds for local charity, The Big C (
If you are interested in finding out more, check our website - - and follow the links.

NB: With great regret we have not been able to retrieve any of the signed breeze blocks - negotiations continue with the contractors over standard ones!

With all good wishes .

UEA Alumni Association
Telephone: 01603 593492 E-mail:

Not sure why anyone would want a door plate. That's my ex-kitchen up there, at the end, at the top, isn't it? Eight hobs, 12 students, great! (One table, 4 chairs.)

19th Jul 2005, 12:26

jc1000000 says:

LOL, gimme bucket seats clamped to the table i'm gonna eat off- now that's comfort!

The planning that went into designing the kitchens was second to none. NOT.

19th Jul 2005, 14:29

Helen says:

Ah, shiny green bucket chairs.

It would have been fine... if there were only four people using it.

19th Jul 2005, 14:32

jc1000000 says:

Like that happened a lot!

19th Jul 2005, 14:57

Helen says:

The guy next to me took to cooking everything in his own room. He had his own deep fat fryer. This upset the cleaners, but he took no notice of them. He only spoke Chinese, so they gave up. Didn't smell good.

19th Jul 2005, 15:01

jc1000000 says:

Ewww, that is rank. But upsetting the cleaners is always funny. (So eeveel)

19th Jul 2005, 15:10

Helen says:

It was hardly difficult!

19th Jul 2005, 15:12

kel says:

university cleaners are always uber-sensitive, in my experience, though when you're having to clear up after a load of 18/19 year olds it can't be fun.

having said that, there was no need for our cleaner to accuse the upstairs flat of trying to kill her, due to something falling of a shelf one day....

19th Jul 2005, 15:14

Helen says:

They only had to empty the bins in our rooms (check to see if we were still alive). And scrub the sink every now and again. Although there was the kitchen...

Accusations of attempted murder... now that's quite something.

19th Jul 2005, 15:18

kel says:

i never really got what exactly happened - i think she bumped into the cupboard and an empty bottle fell on her... obviously fiendishly placed there ON PURPOSE.

19th Jul 2005, 15:29

adrian says:

Ah... memories. It was ugly, but it had charm. I haven't been back since they built Colman and Nelson whatsits, but I imagine it just isn't the same... you got an uninterrupted view over the parkland and the broad. The view in the opposite direction was possibly not quite so picturesque ;-)

I still remember the night I got so pissed I couldn't find my way from G block to K block. Felt a strange sense of panic when I tried find out what block I was in by looking at the numbers on the doors... only to discover I couldn't focus on the numbers.

21st Jul 2005, 20:02

Helen says:

There were a lot of rabbits to watch on the car park side. I remember going up the hill to watch shooting stars.

21st Jul 2005, 20:04

Craig says:

In the early years there were real tables & chairs in the kitchens and you could get more than four... many more than four ... lets hope there are the old electric rings on the auction site :-)

23rd Jul 2005, 02:34

martwine says:

Pics of demolition to follow. Makes me very sad.

24th Jul 2005, 12:12

Katy131 says:

I just came across this thread about poor ole Waveney. I've started a Yahoo group (basically for those who lived at Fifers Lane residences) but the conversation often seems to lean in the general direction of Waveney and UEA, too. Here's the site - come and take a look, check out the photosand links and join in the conversations:

29th Aug 2005, 18:37

JonB says:

Just heard about the demise of good old Waveney Terrace. Very sad. I was in J Block, with a fantastic view of the car park. The beds made great sledges when it snowed, One Porter trying to stop a Waveney Sledge with 15 people on board flying down the Mountain!

6th Sep 2005, 19:40

Rickieb says:

just came back from a visit to UEA. So sad to see only half of WT still many memories but the whole Uni looks different now with so many more modern residences on campus. I was in M block and had a great view of the hill, the lake and the green of the campus. Now it would be a nice view of a residences so maybe it is time for WT to RIP. Still sad tho :(

9th Oct 2005, 13:52

Marco says:

I was in Waveney in 1978, as little child. I was in block L, perhaps (anyway, the one with yellow tents). I hope they'll build nice new buildings... the new ones I saw during my last visit at UEA are so anonymous :-(

12th Jan 2006, 16:49

Mike B says:

I moved into the prison in 2002 - (H block) just before the Colman house development began. My fondest memories?? Fire alarms 3-5 times a night EVERY NIGHT..and drunken invaders on LCR nights (external locks were fitted the following year).
I live in waveney block M in 2004-5, scrounging another year in the place courtesy of the RT scheme even though i wasnt actually a resident tutor......was cool also but in a different way - probably because i was suffering from depression. One can only take so much concrete it seems. Campus looks awful without Waveney!

13th Feb 2006, 00:18

will says:

I lived in waveney m block between 2003 - 2004. I cant believe they are demoloshing the place - so many good memories of it. :(

11th Apr 2006, 16:45

Christian(deadend42-at-lycos-dot-de) says:

p002 in '01 - what a great time we had. Except for the fire alarms. Caused by my chinese neighbour trying to cook - again. However, I liked it very much..

23rd Feb 2008, 00:43

"Zip". (ZipKG-at-yahoo-dot-com) says:

I lived there in 1976-77, but cannot recall in which block now, A009, I think. Used to park my motor-cycle outside at the rear.
Those were the days...

20th Nov 2015, 16:32

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