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A Father of Norwich – by Oli Picton

A Father of Norwich – by Oli Picton

Norwich is home to a few famous fathers that are of historical importance. Men like John Gurney, partner of Gurneys’ Bank and father of celebrated prison reformer Elizabeth Fry or Robert Suckling, father of John Suckling, the creator of the card game Cribbage.

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The Great Pyramid of Norfolk

The Great Pyramid of Norfolk

Forget about the Great Pyramid of Giza - there’s a 14m squared pyramid in Norfolk. Built in 1793 and found in the Blickling Estate, the Blickling Park Mausoleum was designed by Italian architect Joseph Bonomi the Elder, who would go on to become the designated architect for St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It houses the remains of John Hobart, the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, and his two wives Mary Anne and Caroline. Made of 190,000 Portland stone...

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Five Norwich History Myths Debunked

Five Norwich History Myths Debunked

Norwich is home to some fascinating history. But there are plenty of misconceptions about our fine city’s history too. Here are five of our favourites: 1) The plague pits underneath Tombland. With a name like “Tombland”', it’s unsurprising that many believe it was the home of Norwich’s plague pits. But there’s no evidence to suggest Norwich’s plague victims were ever buried there. In fact, the name Tombland originates from the Saxon word Tõm,...

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What Happens to the Shoebox now?

What Happens to the Shoebox now?

After an incredible few months, we’ve raised a whopping £49,430 (and counting!) from our crowdfunder 🎉 Once again, a huge thank you to all of you who contributed to and shared our campaign! So…what happens now?  Well, you can still contribute to the crowdfunding campaign until 30 April 2024. As before, any additional funds we raise will go directly to our attempts to buy and refurbish our Castle Meadow premises. A snap from our...

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One Week of Crowdfunding to go!

It’s been quite the journey, but our crowdfunding campaign comes to an end on 5th April. The response has been overwhelming, and we find ourselves within £4,500 of our ambitious stretch target of £50,000. If you’re yet to get involved, it’s not too late to write yourself into the future of our historic Hidden Street. Your contribution will go directly to our efforts to buy and renovate the premises, safeguarding it for years to come. All...

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A brief history of Norwich Castle

A brief history of Norwich Castle

Today we thought we’d talk about one of our neighbours: Norwich Castle. Built by the Normans in the 11th century, Norwich Castle helped to establish Norwich as a dominant city in England throughout the medieval period. As you’d expect from any building that has stood for nearly 1,000 years, Norwich Castle has assumed a number of different roles. Those include a royal residence (that was never actually lived in by a royal), a prison, a sanctuary...

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We’ve reached our first fundraising goal!

We’ve reached our first fundraising goal!

Tom here - I can scarcely believe I’m writing this message so soon into our crowdfunding campaign, but I’m delighted to announce that we’ve already surpassed our goal of raising £30,000 for a deposit on our Castle Meadow premises! Thank you so much for all of your support. We’ve now set a new stretch target of £50,000. These additional funds will go towards helping with the refurbishment of the building to enhance our community hub and the...

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