Research

Below are a number of posts produced by our wonderful team of citizen researchers during the creative response period of the project. Enjoy.

Anglia Square rephotography

As you may or may not have seen, a few of the ‘ghost’ images have started to appear in shop windows in and around Anglia Square, here are a selection of some of the ghost images for your delectation.

Obadiah Short by Maya Howells

I joined the Common Lot because I’m really interested in history and I wanted to learn new things and meet some new people. Being a citizen researcher was a really incredible experience and I met some amazing people who were great characters and who shared lot of interesting information. I particularly enjoyed being part of…

Norwich radicals at the time of the French Revolution by Paul Harley

Below is a copy from the Maids Head website, which is taken from A Place in History by Peter Sargent : https://www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk/a-place-in-history-welcome-to-the-revolution-at-the-maids-head/ By the late 18th century, unrest was once again in the East Anglian air. Radicals met at the Maids Head and the Bell Hotel, in Orford Place. They demanded a new social order….

The moneyers of Northwic by Trevor Nuthall

 Northwic was probably founded in about 910 during the reign of Guthrum II, the last Danish king of East Anglia. Northwic’s defensive ditch and bank were constructed by the Danes to deter the Anglo-Saxons and to create a protected area for a mint. The first coin minted in Norwich dates from this time and is…

Edge Lands: Alms Lane between 1275 and 1350. Margaret Todd

Today Alms Lane is a modern ‘infill’ between St George’s Street and Muspole Street. An excavation in 1976 gives an idea of what life was like in this area from the late 13th century, when people first built on this site, around 1275. Written records for this time are of property owners and tax payers,…

Industry, Processions and Protests in Norwich over the Water. Margaret Todd

People were making things for centuries in this curve of the Wensum, from things for everyday existence: beer, iron, leather and shoes, to luxury textiles that the makers would only wear second hand and recycled. Things were made here using the soil, the river, animal and vegetable products from the rural hinterland and the skills…

The 1959 Civic Scheme and its Relevance Today. Holly Sandiford.

Bass-filled reggae at The Regency nightclub, grunge and indie music at Fat Pauly’s snooker club in the 1990s and bargain shopping in QDs and Miahs International food shop for my young family in the 2000s. Magdalen Street is a hive of individual and collective memories, my own included. Taking part in this project has made…

MAGDALEN STREET MEMORIES FROM THE 1950s

MORE MAGDALEN STREET MEMORIES FROM THE 1950s Margaret Hornagold. (Liz Gibson’s sister) At 12 years old my childhood came to an end, we moved from a small bungalow in Thorpe St Andrew to a larger house, due to a new baby girl being born. The house we now lived in was near the Blyth School,…

Memories of Magdalen Street from the 1940’s

MY MEMORIES OF MAGDALEN STREET FROM THE 1940s Margaret Hornagold (Liz Gibson’s sister) During the mid-40’s I was taken by my mother to Barrack Street to visit my grandmother quite regularly. On a Wednesday afternoon she frequently took me to the Mayfair cinema to see a film, which from memory always seemed to be somewhat frightening…

Industry, Processions and Protests in Norwich over the Water

People were making things for centuries in this curve of the Wensum, from things for everyday existence: beer, iron, leather and shoes, to luxury textiles that the makers would only wear second hand and recycled. Things were made here using the soil, the river, animal and vegetable products from the rural hinterland and the skills…

A taster of our Vox Pop sessions

The three following MP3s give a fascinating insight into how people feel about Anglia Square and the real Norwich; Norwich over the water. Have a listen, you won’t be disappointed! An interview with Tony Cooper: Interviews with the general public shopping at Anglia Square: Memories of Doughty’dis Hospital:

Anglia Square – a vision of the future

Most of us look at Anglia Square and see it as a s***hole. I can’t argue with that. But I am too much of an optimist to live with the notion that the creators, the planners, the thinkers of the 1960s had a s***hole at the heart of their vision of the future. So what…

Two fragments from a medieval painting in St Saviour’s church, Norwich – by Trevor Nuthall

The discovery Two fragments from an early 15th century panel painting are now in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. They were displayed in 1872 by Thomas Bayfield at a general meeting of the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society. It was reported that they had been found when some cottages were demolished in Huby’s Yard in…

The “Pageant Hows” near St Botolph’s churchyard by Trevor Nuthall – Feb 2019

According to the Norwich Landgable Assessment of 1568-70, a sum of money was payable in respect of a property in St Botolph’s parish not far from St Botolph’s churchyard. The property is referred to as “the garden & hows called the Pageant Hows… late belonging to the wardeynes of the worsted wevers”. Galloway defines a pagean as…

Medieval development of north Norwich c 910 – 1253 – Timeline – Trevor Nuthall – June 2019

(The dates given for the foundation of the churches, apart from St Paul’s church, are guesstimates). c 910 – Establishment of Northwic north of the river with defensive ditch and bank and a mint. To the west was Coslany, to the east Thorpe, to the south the river Wensum. The Dalymond ditch formed the eastern…

MAGDALEN STREET AND THE MAGIC BOX MAN by Stuart McLaren

When the old Botolph Street Odeon in Norwich screened ‘The Magic Box’ in 1951 as part of the British film industry’s contribution to the Festival of Britain, it is unlikely anyone remembered that the subject of the biopic, the pioneer cinematographer and inventor William Friese-Greene, had once worked on his ground-breaking inventions in a dusty…

Norwich Weaving and Shoe Making by Paul Harley

Worsteds, tapizadoes, taboretts, camblets, calimancoes, crepes and bombazines are just some of the exotic names for Norwich ‘stuffs’ (fabrics) woven on the looms of the weavers of Norwich. Many of them lived Over-the Water in the Magdalen Street area. The ‘stuffs’ were a huge success story for Norwich, traded around the world in the late…

Magdalen Street Festival 2013 by Paul Harley

I took these photos at the Anglia Square Festival on an October Saturday in 2013. I remember a real buzz in the air with choirs and the Norwich Samba band under the flyover, an accordionist in the King of Hearts and Cuban and west African music in the Blueberry pub. The area thronged with people…

The HMSO, inside out.

On a cold and damp January day a film crew and a handful of photographers were granted access into the former H.M.S.O. building, Sovereign House to capture it as they see fit.

Price’s

Price’s Department Store(s) Botolph Street Started life as “Granny Price’s Haberdashery” which was set up by Alice Jane Price in nearby Magdalen Street in 1885. At that time, husband Frank Price was a Commercial Traveller (Travelling Salesman), travelling around Norfolk with his Pony and Cart trying to sell his wares. Frank had two Sons: Frank (Jr)…


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