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Norwich Club Site sights of the city walk

Wanderung · Großbritannien und Nordirland
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This circular walk of 9.1km/5.7 miles takes you through Norwich city centre to visit the Cathedral, Castle, historic sights and quaint lanes. Whilst also giving you the opportunity to enjoy the old and modern architecture, as well as to pop into the shops.
leicht
Strecke 9,1 km
2:18 h
68 hm
68 hm
39 hm
3 hm

On leaving the Camping and Caravanning Club Site, with a Neolithic Henge on the opposite bank of the River Yare, you will be able to enjoy some of the older buildings as well as modern architecture of Norwich. There will be opportunities to explore museums, art galleries, shops, cobbled streets and the city’s glorious cathedral. The main route takes in a number of places of interest with small detours that will allow you to explore other locations that you may find interesting.

The city owes its origins to the Anglo-Saxons who settled near the confluence of the Rivers Wensum and Yare. This created an inland port that became an important trading centre and was used from those times until relatively recently. Unfortunately, the Danes came to Norwich and razed it to the ground, giving their own names to local streets and places such as Pottersgate and Tombland. Norwich again began to thrive due to the port, market and local industries such as wool and leather. The tanneries and leather works continued on a large scale up until the end of the 20th Century.

Norwich Cathedral was constructed in 1096 after the Bishop moved his seat from Thetford to Norwich. The other dominant building from that time would have been the castle, originally built of wood soon after the Norman Conquest, it was replaced in the 12th Century by a stone one.

The street names give an insight into the influence the church had within the town and surrounding area. Blackfriars was named after the robes worn by Dominican Friars; Greyfriars for the same reason after the Franciscan Friars: and Whitefriars after the Carmelite Friars who all established themselves in that part of the town. There were also Priories and Abbeys across the town/city connected to the cathedral.

When you pass through the suburb of Lakenham you might not think its origins date back to the times of Edward The Confessor when it was a small hamlet belonging to the nearby manor at Thorpe. The area along the river, Old Lakenham, is within a conservation area managed by Norwich City Council. During the 18th and 19th Centuries the area was frequented by day trippers from the city, and the Club Site is actually where the lido was once enjoyed by many.

From the time of its initial build the cathedral would have had a significant impact on the growth and development of Norwich. With this Monastic centre and a market being held in Tombland just outside the gate, this soon became the centre of the city, with roads such as the quaint Elm Hill becoming home to the rich and famous during medieval times. There are still some buildings dating back to the mid 1300s and many from the 1600s.

The Norwich Market moved to its current central location during Norman times and soon became one of the largest and most prosperous in the country. Although in the same location the market was completely refurbished between 2003 and its reopening in 2006. At the side of the market is The Guildhall, said to be England’s largest and most elaborate provincial medieval city hall and the centre of administration from early in the 15th Century until 1938. Also nearby is The Royal Arcade, with architecture influenced by Art Nouveau which was opened in 1891 and remains a thriving shopping location today.

George Skipper, who designed The Royal Arcade and many other buildings across East Anglia, was also responsible for Surrey House, which is better known as the home of Norwich Insurance, now Aviva. The styles are completely different, with Surrey House having a Palladian exterior and a very impressive Marble Hall within. Although it’s a working office building, you’re able to enter the reception to see this amazing sight.

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Aktualisierung: 21.09.2018
Schwierigkeit
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Technik
Kondition
Höchster Punkt
39 m
Tiefster Punkt
3 m

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Koordinaten:
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TG 23783 06367
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52.608958, 1.303732
GMS
52°36'32.2"N 1°18'13.4"E
UTM
31U 385141 5830122
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OS Grid
TG 23783 06367
DD
52.608958, 1.303732
GMS
52°36'32.2"N 1°18'13.4"E
UTM
31U 385141 5830122
w3w 
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9,1 km
Dauer
2:18 h
Aufstieg
68 hm
Abstieg
68 hm
Höchster Punkt
39 hm
Tiefster Punkt
3 hm
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