Magdalen Street 6: All Saints Fybriggate

Magdalen Street 6: All Saints Fybriggate

Magdalen Streets’ hidden history: The lost churches Part 6, All Saints Fybriggate There were two All Saints in Norwich, the remaining one stands in the shadow of Westlegate House, the old Provident Mutual office block which towers over it like the tall kid who...
Magdalen Street 5: St Paul

Magdalen Street 5: St Paul

Magdalen Streets’ hidden history: The lost churches Part 5, St Paul It’s not exactly on Magdalen Street; it was behind it on the East side, a lovely little round tower enclosed by Peacock Street, Willis Street and Barrack Street. Until the 1860s, half...
Dead cities: Thorpe Abbotts

Dead cities: Thorpe Abbotts

In February I was fortunate enough to get invited by Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group with the permission of Lord Mann on a reconnaissance mission for a project they are doing on studying standing buildings on the site of Thorpe Abbotts airfield; A Second...
The walled city: part one

The walled city: part one

Norwich: The walled city I’ve been wandering around staring at flint in various forms for years. This is Norfolk after all it’s ubiquitous and unavoidable from pebble built fisherman’s cottages to our gazillion churches, dividing walls, farms, sheds...
Hidden History: Opie Street and Gropecunt Lane.

Hidden History: Opie Street and Gropecunt Lane.

Opie Street, nice ring, named thus for a fair while, it gained the name following the death of the famous Regency bonnet wearing writer and philanthropist Amelia Opie. Amelia was born in Colegate in 1769 to fairly well-to-do parents the Aldersons. Her father was a...
Magdalen Street 4: St Mary Unbrent

Magdalen Street 4: St Mary Unbrent

Magdalen Street’s  hidden history: The lost churches Part 4, St Mary Unbrent Back in Norwich and back in Magdalen Street this time nearer the city centre a short walk up from St Botolph isn’t; past the concrete, buses and bustle, amidst faded splendour of...