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What do you think when someone says the word, Norwich? for people outside Norfolk, they may think of the city as they place were "Alan Partridge" comes from or see the city as some backwater. What they don't understand is that the history of Norwich stretches back a long time as the city originally started off as a small Anglo-Saxon settlement.

Because of the river Wensum, Norwich soon grew to become a sizeable town but would suffer a major setback in 1004 when the Danes ransacked and burned down the city. Though, even having the city burnt down would not stop Norwich from quickly recovering as by 1086, the population of Norwich had grown to 6,000 people.

In 1194, King Richard I of England granted Norwich city status. The city status and the role of Norwich as a centre of trade of many products, especially wool, would contribute to the growth of the local economy.

The journey of Norwich becoming the second biggest city in England would not be the smoothest. As the city would see the city having;
multiple outbreaks of Bubonic Plague, civil unrest (Including attempts to overthrow the king), devastating fires.
The 1665-1666 Bubonic Plague outbreak in particular would lead to an uptick unemployment from rich residents leaving the city and would leave the city narrowly avoiding a severe food shortage (big catch of herrings from Great Yarmouth).

Norwich would also recover from the downturn caused by the 1665 outbreak and finally become the second biggest city in England by around the time of the English Civil war with a population of 25,000 people (1700 population). However, this success was not to last as the reliance on the wool trade would come back to
haunt the city as the industrial revolution sent the wool trade into decline.

At the same time, companies in Northern England were investing mechanised textile processing while Norwich was still using traditional weaving techniques, causing the city to lose business to the north.

Though, the British Agricultural Revolution would be a massive positive for the entire county and contribute to the rapid growth of the population of the city and the range of business would diversify afterwards (Shoemaking, food processing and eventually engineering and insurance). The economy of Norwich would become based and services and tourism.

Nowadays, Norwich is seeing a booming professional services industry and with its more high-end apartments being built, meaning even though the city has many historic buildings, the city has a lot going for it.

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History of Castle Quarter, Norwich

History of Castle Quarter, Norwich
The Adam and Eve is a historic public house, located to the north of Norwich City Centre. The building has gone through a lot of changes throughout its history. With the current 16th-century design being a bit of a mish-mash of brick and flint.

History of Adam and Eve (Norwich Pub)

History of Adam and Eve (Norwich Pub)
The Adam and Eve is a historic public house, located to the north of Norwich City Centre. The building has gone through a lot of changes throughout its history. With the current 16th-century design being a bit of a mish-mash of brick and flint.

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

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 Hippodrome (Formally, Grand Opera House)

History of the Hippodrome (Formally, Grand Opera House)
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.

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.

History of Norwich: The 2000s

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.

Documentaries About Norwich

Documentaries About Norwich
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.

History of Anglia Square

History of Anglia Square
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.
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