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  NORWICH · February 2009 ·

The Cathedral ·

Nothing from World War I leaps out at you around the Cathedral or the Guild Hall or the Castle, the three areas that dominated my visit, but Edith Cavell's statue is at one of the entrances to Tombland, and she is buried behind the Cathedral.


There is a World War I memorial in the Cathedral--those names on the brass plaques are from the Great War, those in the memorial book from World War II.

The Norfolk Regiment has its own large chapel, but it seems devoted chiefly to World War II and to the Boer War; perhaps I missed the area for World War I.

The memorial to the Royal Engineers in the cloister seemed to me much the best of those I saw in the precincts.

The Cathedral struck me as Romanesque relief from the great Gothic churches that are fixed in the mind.

The sun briefly lit up the elevations.

I could not get a photograph to do justice to the choir, alas.

The roof bosses (some one thousande of them) are ubiquitous; this mirror helps viewers appreciate them without twisting their necks.


The City

The famous Pastons wrote their letters here. Never have I seen a city with so many churches--dozens. Sometimes there are two or three within a few feet of each other, one just around the corner, one at the end of every street (or so it seemed). Standing in one spot near the Guild Hall I counted four. Many are no longer serving as churches, and many others--here and in the countryside around--are only open on Sunday, a loss for the memorial-hunting visitor.

The Guild Hall was full of striking views--the assembly room roof (or the timbers for it anyway) were donated by the Pastons. I'm surprised it's not called The Paston Roof.

Dunstan Hall (Hotel)

A great pile of chimneys; built in 1856, this structure replaced one from 1729 or so.

A nice mix of old and new

March 2009