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Telling the time in Norwich

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The Norwich Society’s Civic Environment Committee usually carries out an audit or survey each year. In 2017 we decided to look at public clocks and sundials. In this digital age, with phones and watches, it may seem that the need for public clocks has been superseded but the City has a surprising number, many of historical interest and still popular with the public.

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The man who helped make the Chapelfield pagoda

The pavilion or pagoda made by Norwich foundry Barnard, Bishop and Barnards was the one that got away – a masterpiece of Victorian engineering that stood in Chapelfield Gardens until just after the war.

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Arts and Crafts Style Pubs: The Norwich Four

Gothic was just one influence on the eclectic Arts and Crafts Movement that followed Morris and it comes as a surprise to see its romantic view of Victorian architecture still being used for designing Norwich pubs in the 1930s. Four can be considered as a group, their conical roofs reminiscent of French castles of the Middle Ages.

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Tombland Obelisk Drinking Fountain

Many of us today pass Tombland in a car, bus or bicycle barely noticing the broad range of architecture that makes up this historic area. Hidden amongst the street furniture near to St. Ethelbert’s Gate, an obelisk is found denoting a Victorian example of technological progress against the scourge of cholera.

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James Minn 'Carver of Norwich'

The Mapping of Sculpture website [1] gives his full name as James Benjamin Shingles Minns (ca 1828-1904). Minns’ abilities were not confined to wood carving for he is credited with designing the original bull’s head emblem for Colman’s mustard.

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Edward Boardman's Shoe Factory

What is now known as Seebohm House, 2-4 Queen Street, Norwich, is a vestige of the city’s shoe-making industry (writes COLONEL UNTHANK). At one time Haldinstein’s Boot and Shoe Manufactory occupied much of the land between Queen Street and Princes Street. In the 1930s the company went into partnership with the Swiss firm Bally. It was bought outright by Bally in 1946 but with the decline of the shoe-making industry in Norwich the Queen Street building is all that remains of this partnership

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NatWest Building on London Street

There is particular interest in the London Street site, a particularly fine and prominent building which dominates the junction at Bedford Street and St Andrews Hill. The buildings which formed 45–51 London Street were purchased in 1919 but the bank’s architect, F.C.R. Palmer, considered the position so good that he recommended a complete rebuild.

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Petch's Corner

There are many beautiful sights to be enjoyed while walking alongside the River Wensum as it winds through the city centre, but few match the view from the bend below the Kett’s Hill roundabout.

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Skipper's (and Neatby's) Royal Arcade

The most strikingly art nouveau building in Norwich is George Skipper’s Royal Arcade, built on the site of the old Royal Hotel, which was reincarnated by Edward Boardman as the new Arts and Crafts-influenced Royal Hotel on Agricultural Hall Plain.

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