:: Rediscovering Norwich ::
Pictures of Norwich, Norfolk and East Anglia - mostly taken since our return to my birthplace in the summer of 2013, with a few older ones thrown in.
The city of Norwich is famed for once having had 52 churches and 365 public houses within its walls.... keeping things in their proper proportion.
(Click on individual images for a larger version!)
:: Norwich cathedral ::
One of two in the city, this fine Norman building - started soon after the Conquest, and constructed
of flint and mortar with its walls faced with blocks of limestone brought over by sea and river from
Caen in France - serves as the cathedral for the Anglican congregation of the C of E Diocese of Norwich.
With a spire second in height only to Salisbury's, the cathedral is dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity.
:: Norwich cathedral - exterior details ::
Small elements, from the parts of the building one can reach without being asked to pay!
:: Churchman House ::
A magnificent Grade I listed building at 71 Bethel Street in Norwich, today the home
of the city's register office, Churchman House dates originally from around 1730 - with
further embellishments added during the C19th.
:: Norwich Castle ::
A Norman fortress, much altered by the Victorians. For centuries it was used as the local prison, but now houses the area's main museum.
For details, see __http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/index.htm
A lot has changed since my first visit as a school kid in the 1960s, and today it takes a good while to view the collections in their
entirety - although, luckily, there's a very good café / restaurant!
:: Strangers' Hall ::
In the centre of medieval Norwich, on Charing Cross, a museum of domestic history - housed in a Grade 1 listed building, parts of which date back to the 1300s.
Much like the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, individual rooms set out - and dressed with objects - in the style of particular historical periods.
We spent about two hours on our visit, but do check the limited pattern of opening times...
For more about the museum, see __http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Strangers_Hall/index.htm
... and this, re the building itself: __http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-228900-strangers-hall-museum-norfolk
Photos are more or less in the order of our visit - click the thumbnails for larger versions, then navigate with left & right keyboard arrows!
:: Earlham Hall ::
The Hall may date back as far as the 1580s, with the first parts erected after the nearby village of Earlham had been abandoned.
In 1682 the manor of Earlham passed to Waller Bacon (son of Francis Bacon and Elizabeth Waller), the city's long-serving Member
of Parliament [1705-1710 and 1713-1734]. On the death of his childless son, Edward, it was inherited by a nephew, Bacon Frank -
of Campsall in Yorkshire, who chose to lease out the hall and its grounds to the Gurney family.
John Gurney was a prominent Norwich businessman. He and his wife Elizabeth were Quakers who associated with some of the leading
thinkers and reformers of their day, including prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. The Gurneys moved into Earlham Hall in 1786, where
- in an unusually enduring arrangement - they were to remain as tenants of the Frank family for well over a century... until only
shortly before it was purchased by Norwich City council in 1924.
:: St Mary's - Earlham ::
The small church in the village of Earlham: although little-used today, this was the place chosen by my parents for their wedding in July 1950.
Immediately to the rear of St Mary's is a former cell to Caron (possibly Carrow?) Abbey, at one time divided into a large farmhouse and a
comfortable second dwelling, known then as "The parsonage".... from being the usual residence of the curate.
:: Earlier Norwich photos ::
:: Ely's cathedral ::
Over the border, and into Cambridgeshire, to visit a massive Norman cathedral - whose elevated position, looming over
the surrounding flat wetlands that sheltered Hereward the Wake, gave rise to a local nickname... "the Ship of the Fens"
WIP - 20th May 2014 - with more photos, and captions, to follow!