Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Other Norwich Sights

It used to be said that Norwich had a pub for each day of the week, and a church for each week of the year. I didn't visit a single pub, but out of 57 medieval churches within the ancient city walls, 31 are still standing. I walked to all of them, and took multiple photographs of each one. I also toured both cathedrals - Church of England and Roman Catholic. Now you can understand why I didn't invite Dave and Chris to go with me!

What else did I see? The medieval churches were primarily built out of local flint, but stone was brought in from France when construction began on the Norman cathedral in 1096. The stone was shipped across the Channel, up the River Wensum, through this watergate, and along the canal that has since been filled in.

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Bishop Bridge dates from c.1340, and is the only surviving medieval bridge in Norwich. Beyond it is the Red Lion - one of those numerous pubs that I didn't visit.

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If you like to shop, Norwich has one of the biggest and oldest markets in England, dating back to 1025. It's gotten a bit more high tech over time, because now the metal stalls are simply closed and locked up on site every evening.

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There's also the Royal Arcade, built in 1899 and home to many stores including The Mustard Shop, which traces the history of Colman's of Norwich. In addition, there are lots of shopping streets and several more recent malls. Castle Mall was built in the heart of the city next to...the castle.

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Elm Hill is the most photographed street in Norwich, and well known throughout Britain. The delightfully preserved medieval buildings and cobbled path make it a popular place to film movies.

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And off the beaten trail, I came across this building during my church trek!

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