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Norwich Travel Guide: 124 reviews and 161 photos

A fine city!

Norwich was my first experience of living abroad. I spent nearly nine months there, Oct. 1982-June 1983, as part of an undergraduate study abroad program. It was a direct transfer between my college in St. Louis and the University of East Anglia, so I lived in the regular dorms, took the standard seminar classes, socialized with typical UEA students, and generally had the full range of the "KNARR-itch" experience.

One thing I particularly appreciated about East Anglia in general, and Norwich in particular, is that it retains an identity as a distinct and unique part of England. What did we say? "Norwich is cut off from the rest of England on three sides by the North Sea, and on the fourth by British Rail."

There's a strong regional accent in East Anglia. I remember that many of the university staff, especially the cleaning ladies, had a charming nasally tone of voice, very obvious in the way that they pronounced "Norwich" - strongly emphasizing the "gnarled" part of the city name.

Norwich proudly proclaims itself "a fine city." And who could deny it? In the middle ages, this was the "second city" of the realm, a center of medieval agribusiness, with its wool merchants growing fantastically wealthy, endowing dozens of precious churches, many of which still stand. Of course, the finest of all religious buildings in Norwich is its Cathedral, one of the most grandly dignified in all England. The facade - shown here - is mostly 15th century, but there is also much Norman work to be seen, particularly in the nave. Attending a choral church service or concert in Norwich Cathedral is an experience you'll never forget.

The University of East Anglia - UEA - has a strikingly modern campus on the west side of Norwich. It was constructed in the 1960s as one of Britain's "new universities" - and it employed a "new architecture" to go with the times. The general concept of the plan was planned by Denys Lasdun, who was also responsible for the South Bank Arts Complex in London. Much concrete was poured here - and the place can look oppressive and depressing when it rains - which it does a lot in Norwich. But on sunny days the campus is very attractive.

These photos were taken in 1983, when my older brother Rob visited me from Kansas. He brought his 35mm camera. They are just about the only decent pictures I have of Norwich. At that time, I wasn't interested in photography - it was too arcane, too expensive. So most of the pictures that I took there are crap - and they haven't aged well in the last twenty years. (Come to think of it, I haven't aged all that well either!)

  • Last visit to Norwich: Jun 1989
  • Intro Updated Aug 20, 2004
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  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    I need to spend more time in Norwich- not just researching family history...

  • Jan 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    I went to UEA! I lived in Norfolk terrace, waveney, the Village and that other old one next to waveney. I lived in so many cos I stayed there in the summer too. I even lived in a residence in the centre during one summer!

  • awladhassan's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2006 at 10:08 AM

    Can't wait to go back and explore some more after seeing your pictures.

  • TonyBagnall's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    its still the same, lovely chirch, we live just opposite and the bells wake us up on a sunday (they lose their charm at this point)

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 3:13 AM

    A lovely page. I might get a chance to go to Norwich next year. Fingers crossed.

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2004 at 2:59 AM

    I like old towns. Very interesting pics and tips. Thanks.

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