Norwich

B1471

Jarrold is a long established family business in Norwich, providing a large department store, office supplies and equipment and a large printing works. In fact, the department store is one of the important buildings described in this book. NPI acquired the publishing business in 2007 and is continuing the tradition of high quality guides that were the mainstay of the Jarrold publishing business. This book is a photographic essay of a remarkable city. It contains some outstanding photography and extended captions in clear and concise text. Norwich was once the second city of England and the city walls enclose a larger area than the City of London. As a great Medieval city, Norwich built its wealth on the woollen trade and was famous for its textiles until the Industrial Revolution when the textile mills of northern Britain took over. Norwich was also famous for shoes and other clothing, the shoe industry continuing as a major employer well into the Twentieth Century. As the older industries faded, Norwich developed a strong service industry, which was begun before the Industrial Revolution bit the local textile industry, when Samuel Bignold founded the business in 1792 that was to become the Norwich Union, an international company offering financial services. As a result, Norwich has a rich history and a prosperous present that is reflected in the features and architecture of the city. Three buildings dominate. The road network converges on the Castle Mound, on top of which sits the Norman Keep, an unusually decorated and detailed military building that was also the city goal and place of execution. To the north of the castle sits the City Hall, an example of the architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, with its prominent clock tower and bronze lions. Between and below the City Hall and the Castle lies the colourful Medieval Market. Much of the Medieval walls and towers have survived and the centre of the City is a maze of ancient cobbled streets and buildings. Although 23 miles inland, Norwich was once a major port and the City combines a feel of England and the Low Countries with many examples of Flemish architecture. The University of East Anglia is an example of 1960s concrete and the Forum is an example of glazed modern architecture. The wealth of styles and traditions are beautifully described in the photographs that are the core of this book. The one omission is an account of the tunnels that run under the city. These ancient chalk and flint workings run for miles and periodically collapse, on one occasion almost swallowing a double deck bus. Although tourists are not encouraged to explore the workings, they are an important feature of the city and contributed material for the construction of many of the older buildings and fortifications. The printing quality of this book is excellent and the volume is very good value for money

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