Hidden History: The Great Halls – Oak Street

Hidden History: The Great Halls – Oak Street

A medieval traders hall, which always seems all but forgotten. One of the few survivors of the blitz and the clearings on the whole of Oak Street it nestles between Moonraker cycles which used to be Slaughters backing on to Mitchell’s Reclamation Yard which...
Hidden history: Doors of Perception

Hidden history: Doors of Perception

Sometimes the interesting things are hidden in plain sight and it’s remarkably easy to just overlook stuff like bits of public art because you see them all the time, these are just such a thing. I am a lover of city hall, I like the shape it makes in the sky,...
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...
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...
Back in the HMSO

Back in the HMSO

The now redundant HMSO building, Sovereign House in Anglia Square Norwich North. This was shot from the first floor of what would have been a two storey ‘Mall’ or shopping centre as we called them before America snuck in under a veil of capitalist freedom...
Hidden history: A winged victory for the sullen

Hidden history: A winged victory for the sullen

‘Peace’ or an Angel Sheathing a Sword, not actually a winged victory at all, despite the smile. A rather attractive woman, but you wouldn’t especially want to piss her off. If you lived at the top of Prince of Wales Road you might fancy having a...