Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

This is the promised photograph of the Guildhall Norwich.

The Guildhall, which is the largest medieval civic building outside London, was built 1407-1412 in order to administer the self-governing powers conferred upon the city by Henry IV. The king’s charter of 1404 granted county status to the city and, like London, allowed the citizens to elect a mayor.

It is covered with knapped flint and stone in a chequered pattern which makes it quite distinctive.

In 1511 the roof of the mayor’s chamber in the Guildhall collapsed and in the rebuilding of 1535-7 the chequerboard of the eastern façade received coats of arms; the city arms of castle and lion were protected by armed angels and an indeterminate shape hovering over the shield.

For five hundred years the city's administrative departments were based in the medieval Guildhall, until the opening of the new City Hall in 1938.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this lovely old building, Bev :-)

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