Sovereign House was the headquarters of the HMSO (Her Majesty’s Stationery Office) between 1968 and 1996. Sovereign House itself was located at the Anglia Square shopping precinct and was a very large brutalist office block that employed around 800 people at its peak. Though it might be surprising to know that even though Sovereign House was specifically built for the HMSO they did not own the building and in fact leased it from the owners on a 40-year lease, paying £97,000 per year in rent.
Magdalen street and its’ surrounding areas may be one of the most deprived areas’ in Norwich nowadays, but the deprivation of the area is something that happened in the modern era, as until the 1960s, Magdalen street was its own “ self-contained medieval quarter” that contained much of the city’s industries. The area would go on to become popular with strangers (any person not native to Norwich) and refugees, which meant that more homes would be built, in densely populated; yards, courts and alleys. in the Tudor times, more wealthy residents (mainly successful merchants) would often live in homes that were contained in private courts. Over time, the Magdalen Street area would go into long-term decline, with the yards of Magdalen Street becoming home to a number of slums before most of them were demolished in the slum clearances of the late 1930s.
The Hippodrome or as it was originally named, Grand Opera House, was an Opera House that opened in 1903 (tho, it never hosted any operas) and changed into a variety plays theatre, just one year after opening after it was bought out by the owners of a rival theatre.