History of Norwich Electric Tramways

History of Norwich Electric Tramways

The Norwich Electric Tramways Company operated an electric tramway system (and later on, bus services) in Norwich between July 1900 and December 1930. The service came about as a replacement for an earlier horse-drawn carriage service and was relatively success in its brief life.
History of Chantry Place

History of Chantry Place

Chantry Place or as it is for better known by its former name; Chapelfield Shopping Centre, is the largest shopping centre in Norwich. It has 91 stores, 17 cafes and restaurants, and even 100 apartments. The architecture is often referred by locals as being generic.
The Town of Norwich (c.970 to 1194)

The Town of Norwich (c.970 to 1194)

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.
Twelfth Century Norwich (1100 to 1200)

Twelfth Century Norwich (1100 to 1200)

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.
History of Sovereign House

History of Sovereign House

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.
History of Magdalen Street, Norwich

History of Magdalen Street, Norwich

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.
History of the Cat & Fiddle (Magdalen Street, Norwich)

History of the Cat & Fiddle (Magdalen Street, Norwich)

The Cat & Fiddle was a classic “old-fashioned” pub, meaning it only served beer and basic bar snacks, but of cause over time the Cat and Fiddle developed a reputation with locals of being a pub where “undesirable” people would go to get themselves’ drunk, drinking Stella, who then would often go on to become an annoyance for the whole community. Signs of a lack of investment in the pub by its’ owners was present by the early 2000’s, with the pub switching owner at least once since the mid 2000’s and then finally closing in 2011.