Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Norwich: Not a village. An actual city. Really!
I'll show you Tim. I'll show you all! Well, really, I'll just be showing you, Tim, as you're the only one denying Norwich's city-status. Prepare to be thwarted!
I got on my bike (couldn't go out on Broom as it was day time) and took this picture from Mousehold Heath (near the NightShip stop). In it one can see the two - that's TWO - cathedrals. In the centre is the Norman Norwich Cathedral itself - famously visited by Tazzy, Piggy and I here. On the far right is the Roman Catholic cathedral. Just to the left and behind the Norman Cathedral, is City Hall with it's clock tower and columned main entrance. And further left is the tower of the church of St. Peter Mancroft with the Forum (library and home of BBC East) behind it.
In this picture, one can see St. Peter Mancroft church on the right. The low red brick building with white bits between the windows is Barclays Bank. Next to that is what used to be the Royal Hotel (with all those turrets). And behind the hotel, is Norwich Castle.
Actually, I've just noticed that immediately to the left of the castle, is the mini gherkin that sits atop the Chapelfield shopping centre).
Here are some points of note:
During the 11th century, the city of Norwich was second only in size to London, and one of the most important places in the country.
In the mid 14th century, Norwich's city walls enclosed a larger area than those of the city of London.
Until the industrial revolution, as the capital of England's most populous and prosperous county, Norwich vied with Bristol as England's second city.
International popstrumpet, Cathy Dennis is from Norwich.
Comedy duo, The Nimmo Twins started off in Norwich. In fact, the Host's mum used to teach Owen Evans at Cromer Infant School!
And, horror of horrors - something I've just discovered - Tim 'Too Old To Be Down With The Homies' Westwood, BBC Radio One DJ and all round irritating twat, grew up in and around Norwich. Oh, the shame.
Here is the Wikilink if you've got 10 minutes or so to spare, and are that interested enough to care: Norwich
Perceptions: "Norwich is sometimes portrayed in the UK media as a place which is remote, unsophisticated, gauche, and out-of-step with national trends (see Alan Partridge). This is perhaps primarily due to its geographical isolation, and an identification of Norwich as the epitome of Norfolk, a largely rural county." - Taken from Wikipedia. And which, to be fair, are kind of true. Still, Norwich *is* a city. A fine one at that (even though someone had made off with the "Welcome to Norwich - A Fine City" sign that I was going to photograph for this post. Bah.)
See, Tim? SEE?