It’s a city with a very rich history, all tucked in its medieval streets and fascinating historical buildings. It was nominated to be the first UK City of Culture for 2013. Norfolk has managed to maintain its ancient heritage. This city boasts more than 30 medieval churches and it once boasted a pub for every day of the year.
The Iceni people occupied what is today known as Norfolk, before the Romans invaded Iron Age Britain in AD 43. After defeating the Iceni, the Romans occupied the area for over 300 years. Norfolk remains an important element of Anglo-Saxon heritage.
When the Romans left, the Vikings came in but were resisted by Edmund, King of East Anglia. He was killed by the Danes, who continued to rule the area before it was recaptured by Saxon King Edward the Elder in 917. The Vikings were to return in 1004. The Danes settled peacefully alongside native Anglo-Saxons for many years.
The Norman’s came into the picture from France in 1066, bringing much upheaval to the area. They began building a Cathedral in 1096 and 4 kilometres of defensive walls around the city. They also developed the market, which was started in Saxon times, and still remains part of the city’s tradition to this day. The market sold anything from vegetables to fish, textiles and livestock. It was situated in Tombland, which means open land, until it was relocated to a site closer to the castle.
In 1194, Norfolk was granted city status, thanks to the thriving market and growing textile and agricultural industries. It was a rich city buoyed by wool trade and weaving. Between 1650 and 1750, it was rated only second to London in terms of its prosperity. This wealth spurred development, which is evident with the number of buildings and churches that were built from the 1400s onwards.
It was only in the 1800s that new industries began to emerge, particularly in printing and the production of leather. However, development gained further momentum with the construction of a railway link connecting the city to London. Medieval Norfolk boasted a church for every week of the year (an incredible 57 churches). Everyone was expected to pay a tithe or tax equalling ten percent of their earnings to the church. During World War II, the city was severely attacked, causing major damage to most buildings. Nevertheless, incredibly, the cathedral and St Peter Mancroft survived the April 1942 attack.
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