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Norwich: The Changing City by Neil Storey
Hardback, 192 pages, over 250 ills.
Published 2002 by Breedon Books
NORWICH: THE CHANGING CITY offers a fascinating insight into the places, events and people that have shaped the history of the city over the last 200 years, providing a graphic record of those who have lived and worked there, recalling streets and thoroughfares, houses and buildings, shops and factories that have vanished or altered almost beyond recognition.
Modern photographs are compared with archive images to demonstrate the astonishing growth and development that have occurred and reveal the changing face of well-known streets and districts.
This vivid survey will add to the knowledge and enjoyment of all those who take an interest in the history and heritage of Norwich.
In the middle of the sixteenth century Norwich was one of the principal provincial cities of England, with a growing sense of civic pride and of civic power, and it was even described in a contemporary publication as "not unworthy of being compared to London".
Of course London as the capital city always remained pre-eminent in size of population and importance, but Norwich had an early reputation as 'A Fine City', and as the cultural and economic centre of one of the most highly populated areas of the country. Following the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century, the rapid growth of the towns of the Midlands and the North makes it easy to overlook the earlier urban supremacy of cities such as Norwich, Bristol and York.
It is not altogether surprising, therefore, that Norwich has a special place in the story of English urban mapping, and the plan of the city in 1558 by William Cunningham is the earliest surviving printed map of known date of any English town.
The last comprehensive book on the plans of Norwich was written over 70 years ago, so this book nicely fills the need for a modern reference.
This is the story of a city, of the people within, and a serving police force: the Norwich City Police. Never before told in such detail, the story has been compiled using a wealth of records and illustrations, many of which are revealed for the first time. The reader of A Force Remembered will become a time traveller through two centuries of change in a developing city, a witness to adversity, achievement, triumph, misfortune and disaster.
The pictures and text move from primitive beginnings through ages of improvement and invention to the extinction of one police force to one city. The incidents, events, changes, personalities, have been found, noted, and are passed to the reader. That the force fell to a greater force of politics and declared progress in no way detracts from an incomparable record. A fine force served a fine city and for the first time the facts are assembled; the historical balance sheet is within A Force
The beginning of the 20th century was marked in Norwich by a major change in both the layout of the city and the mode of transport. It was in 1900 that Trams first appeared on the streets of the city after new roads were cut and buildings in several streets demolished to accomodate the trams.
This book is full of photographs charting the lines that ran thro' the city, from the laying of the tracks to the last tram journey in December 1935.
Throughout the rest of England, an open space in a town is called a square. But in several places in East Anglia they are called plains, and Norwich has more than most.
In another of the very unique books from Lark Press, Richard Lane takes us around the plains old and new, with stories of their history, the famous inhabitants, and their architecture.
Frank Meeres has been an archivist at the Norfolk Record Office for the past 25 years. In this book he weaves a magical mix of the documented and archaeological evidence into a story, not only of the growth of the town, but also of the people, rich and poor, who over the centuries have created our fine city.
The book is well illustrated with maps, drawings and photographs, many of them being published for the first time, and with the ample referencing of sources provides an authoritative yet very readable history of Norwich.
The Norwich book contains photographs dating from the mid 19th century thro' to the 1930's.
The photographs include the splendour of the Norwich parks as they were in the 1930's, Sir Thomas Browne amongst the flowers and trees on the Haymarket, The Dolphin Inn in 1891 before the war damage, and cattle on the old cattle market.
Frith Publishing is continually issuing new variations of these books.
This series has become THE reference on English architecture. Since Sir Nikolaus's passing, Bill Wilson has taken on the daunting job producing a second edition, which has been updated with the new developments and the latest discoveries about the older buildings. A large 160 page introduction provides an overall view of Norfolk's architecture and development through the ages before we get to the book proper, which starts with a very large section on Norwich before going alphabetically through the towns and villages. Details of everything of significance are included, from the cathedrals to the village churches, from the stately homes to the village pub, and even the Castle Mall.
Neil Storey has put together a collection of photographs of people as well as places to provide an interesting record of life in Norwich.
The book is divided into 5 sections: The City, Events & Entertainment, Emergency Services & Disasters, The Military, and The Suburbs.
Each photograph in this book is accompanied by interesting snippets of information and tales, making it much more than just a collection of old photographs.
Brian Ayers shows how Norwich has developed over the past 1000 years from the small villages on the banks of the Wensum. Part of the "English Heritage" series in which leading archaeologists and historians bring the past to life by interpreting the greatest historic monuments in which Britain is so rich, the book highlights the Norman castle, the 11th-century cathedral, the numerous medieval churches, the architectural evidence of Jacobean and Georgian prosperity and the buildings of the great Victorian industries. The book stresses the social and economic development of the city as well as its physical growth.
This book has now been revised and re-published (2003) by Tempus as 'Norwich: A Fine City'