Until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was regarded as England’s second city. It has two cathedrals, a Norman Castle, the largest provincial guildhall in the UK, the only English friary complex to survive the Reformation, the largest surviving medieval street pattern in Europe, more standing medieval churches (32) than any city north of the Alps, and a wealth of mercantile, cultural and religious history straddling more than 1,000 years.
Twelve iconic buildings bear witness: Norwich Castle, 1067-1075, explore the Castle’s history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections; Norwich Cathedral, 1096-1145; The Assembly House, 1754-1755; St James Mill, 1836-1839; The Great Hospital, 1249; St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, 1307-1470; St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, 1884-1910; Surrey House, 1900-1912; The Guildhall, 1407-1424; Dragon Hall, 1427-1430; City Hall, 1936-1938; The Forum, 1999-2001, which houses, inter alia, the Tourist Information Office, the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library and, for military aviation buffs, the USAAF , a living tribute to the American airmen based in East Anglia during WWII. For more information, visit: www.norwich12.co.uk. We will travel in an executive coach.
From the drop-off point outside the Cathedral, we will go to the Refectory for coffee/tea and biscuits. The coach will depart and lay-over outside the city. Suitably refreshed, we will assemble at the Cathedral’s main entrance for a group photograph before proceeding on a guided tour at 11.30 am. After lunch we are free to roam. There are many eating options: the Refectory, which offers a good range of hot and cold fare and many food outlets near the castle and the market place. Alternatively, you might wish to picnic in the cathedral grounds or in green areas around the castle. We will board the coach at the drop–off point at 5.00 pm and journey back to Melton.
Date & Timings: Saturday 4th June 2016
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 8.00 am. Arrive at Destination at c. 10.45 am.
Depart from Destination at 5.00 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 7.30 pm.
The cost of £30.00 per person includes coach travel, parking, coffee/tea on arrival, guided tour of the Cathedral and gratuities. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organiser with the full amount payable – cheques made out to Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 21st May. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.
Organiser: Peter Raikes. Tel: 01664 567118
The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.