The story of Norwich begins a few hundred years after the collapse of Venta Icenorum. But before we get into the origins of Norwich itself, we need to talk about the old capital of Norfolk.
As Northwic expanded in the following decades. The growth of Northwic swallowed other settlements, such as ConesFord. It’s not known exactly when this new town of Norwich, but sources claim that the first written reference was from 970 to 980, with oldcity.org.uk claiming that the first known reference to Norwich was written in 970 in the Liber Eliensis.
The eleventh century would establish Norwich as major trading town thanks to its market and good access to the sea via the River Yare. The twelfth century was a complex time for Norwich, in some ways the city was moving forward with the rebuilding of the Castle and the construction of the Cathedral completed in this century. On top of this, the relations between the English citizens of the town and the French traders were positive.
As the 1990s came to the close, A relatively large part of the Norwich area went through a period of rapid redevelopment. That is not surprising as just like the rest of England, most of Norfolk benefited greatly from the influx of cash from the housing boom of the early to mid-2000s. Some of the building projects around Norwich in this time period had at least some degree of controversy and even worse, the 2007 to 2010 financial crisis led to some projects being delayed or outright cancelled.
If you live anywhere within Norfolk, then you probably know the city of Norwich pretty well. But for people outside of the county, the history of this fine city is very much an unknown. Norwich was granted city status in 1194, this means that the city is over 823 Years old. This means that Norwich has been a city for twice as long as America and Canada have been countries, combined.
Anglia Square is a brutalist shopping centre (formally multiuse) built in the early 1970’s. The centre itself is located just off Magdalen Street, with some of its’ storefronts being accessible from the street itself. Over the past two decades, Anglia Square has been through consistent decline, due to Sovereign House closing and the general deprivation of the local area.