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Norwich 12, A journey through the English city
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Norwich Castle
Norwich Castle
Bigod Arch at Norwich Castle
Cow Gate, Norwich 1867 - By Norwich School Artist Henry Ninham
Iceni Collection
Norwich Keep
Arch in Castle Keep
Stained glass
Ceramic teapots


Architecturally the most ambitious secular Norman building in Europe

Norwich Castle is one of the finest surviving secular Norman buildings in Europe. It was built as a royal palace for William the Conqueror at a time when most buildings were small, wooden structures – the huge stone keep was a symbol of the king's power. The Castle mound (motte) is the largest in the country. From the 14th to the 19th century the keep was used as a county gaol. The Castle was converted into a museum in 1894. Visitors to the Castle can explore the Castle Keep, and discover its history as a Norman palace and as a prison. There are also many galleries packed with treasures from our nationally important collections, from archaeology to fine art, from the ancient Egyptians to natural history.

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