• VisitEngland graded 5 star Gold
  • Short breaks available
  • Award winning conversion
  • Gas & electricity included
  • Welcome pack
  • Linen and towels included
  • Wi-Fi 9 MB download
  • Cot & high chair available
  • Sorry but no pets
  • Regret no smoking in the mill
  • Flexible Changeover Days
  • Personally managed by the owners
The Old Windmill,Self Catering
5.0Out of 5100% of guests recommend

Historical Norwich

 

‘The Man in Black’ Norwich ghost Tours are proving a great success.

See  www.ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk   for more details.

 

Please also see the Norwich City Council’s link below for other walks etc – not necessarily Ghostly!

 

 Historical Norwich The Man in Black is pleased to be a fully accredited Norwich Ambassador.norwichambassadorcastle 3The streets of Norwich , like many other cities in the UK, have changed considerably over the years. However some parts of the city are basically the same as our medieval forefathers would have gazed upon hundreds of years ago. Whilst there will be opportunities for ghosts to materialise in the future in St Stephens Street and the other modernised areas of the city , we are blessed with a rich tradition and heritage in the older city that has produced our marvellous range of spirits that abound today. Elm HillElm Hill for example is almost unchanged from Tudor times. Tombland retains many of its buildings from the middle ages. The Cathedral and the Castle are not only ancient buildings in their own right, but earlier versions have existed on the present site since the first millenium. 

 

tombland3Norwich, it must be remembered, was the second city in the country behind London. As such it was a bustling metropolis with a rich interaction between peoples from all over Europe. Cloth manufacturers, such as ‘The Strangers’ came from across the water, and created a vital part of the wealth that projected Norwich into the highest realms of prestige cities that  dominated Europe in the middle ages. Merchants and tradespeople came here to ply their wares and this produced a great city with a significant buildings and culture.

cathedral2Naturally the Christian Church was an important part of this development and few churches anywhere in northern Europe matched the magnificence of the current Anglican Cathedral where many of our ghosts were originally housed.  The market place goes back in some form to before records were kept. The castle was originally one of the great Norman buildings in this country. Many merchants houses still survive largely in the same state as 500 years ago and are well worth a visit.

Whilst Norwich continued to be a thriving city, the industrial revolution saw many newer towns develop and overtake Norwich in importance. This has more to do with climate and raw materials than anything else, but it has given the city the chance to hang onto its ancient buildings, its heritage and its ghosts.

 

market2If you enjoy the ghost walk remember that the Tourist Office can give details of many other interesting walks that you can enjoy around this city, either with a guide or by yourself. Visit our great buildings and treat yourself to a visit to the Maddermarket Theatre to enjoy one of its performances – you never know you may see the Maddermarket’s resident ghostly monk whilst there.

The link below is to the main Tourist Office web site.

http://www.norwich.gov.uk/webapps/atoz/service_page.asp?id=1255

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