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Yesterday we finally got to screen the Norwich Remapped film publicly, as part of a workshop co-hosted with . It was a b...
23/04/2023

Yesterday we finally got to screen the Norwich Remapped film publicly, as part of a workshop co-hosted with . It was a beautiful day full of comradeship and dreams and I’m really looking forward to Norwich Transformed’s main event this coming Saturday. Details on their page.

He must not be released, or else Norwich will fall.
10/02/2023

He must not be released, or else Norwich will fall.

The Argyle Street tapes, volume II: Eamonn. Another interview with a veteran of the infamous Norwich squat!
03/02/2023

The Argyle Street tapes, volume II: Eamonn. Another interview with a veteran of the infamous Norwich squat!

Eamonn was a Labour councillor and chair of the city's planning committee for many years. Before that, he was among the first to move into the Argyle Street squat. He now works with a housing charity. If you look on the Argyle Street page, one of the funny things about it is: When was the f...

Norwich lore iceberg…
31/01/2023

Norwich lore iceberg…

Night walks
29/01/2023

Night walks

“Can this quiet place ever have reeked of blood and black powder, and resounded to the shrieks of the wounded, the shout...
08/12/2022

“Can this quiet place ever have reeked of blood and black powder, and resounded to the shrieks of the wounded, the shouts of the victors, the clatter of steel-clad horsemen and their heavy steeds, flung to earth and done to death, between the strong walls and the burning houses? Well, it did ... Something happened on those old stones that people living near have never forgotten.”

PHOTO: The plaque on Bishopgate marking the spot where Lord Sheffield was killed in 1549. The whole area around Tombland and the east bank of the river was filled with street fighting between the King’s men and the rebels. On Bishopgate during a cavalry charge Lord Sheffield was unseated from his horse. He removed his helmet and allowed himself to be taken prisoner, according to protocol; a butcher named Fulke “basely murdered him with a club.”

Quotes from If Stones Could Speak by RH Mottram, 1953. Photograph by Andrew Hawkins.

West Garth archway. Photograph by Corey Kitchen .george.photo
07/12/2022

West Garth archway. Photograph by Corey Kitchen .george.photo

“That were all just a big ol’ laugh” -Robert Kett
25/11/2022

“That were all just a big ol’ laugh” -Robert Kett

A poem someone put through the Pigeonhole the other day. Submit your own Norwich verses at norwichremapped.co.uk/pigeonh...
20/11/2022

A poem someone put through the Pigeonhole the other day. Submit your own Norwich verses at norwichremapped.co.uk/pigeonhole or go to the main hallway of the site and take the path to Pull’s Ferry.

One of my favourite walls.
04/11/2022

One of my favourite walls.

The score for the Norwich Remapped film is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, in case you wanted to do ...
21/10/2022

The score for the Norwich Remapped film is now available on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, in case you wanted to do your own drift through the urban labyrinth. The score was conjured up by

https://www.norwichremapped.co.uk/post/transcripts-andrew-on-norwich-castleAndrew is a medievalist working as a project ...
06/10/2022

https://www.norwichremapped.co.uk/post/transcripts-andrew-on-norwich-castle

Andrew is a medievalist working as a project curator on the ongoing redevelopment of Norwich Castle. Here he tells us about the building, its history and the importance of local heritage.

Andrew is a medievalist working as the project curator on the ongoing redevelopment of Norwich Castle. I meet him in a pub which we both frequent, one which appears often in the Norwich Remapped project in various forms. He has a whisky and then switches to local ale. The radio in the corner can be....

Since it follows the line of the river, and most of its houses used to back onto docks and quays, at one time King Stree...
27/09/2022

Since it follows the line of the river, and most of its houses used to back onto docks and quays, at one time King Street was Norwich's maritime quarter, and by extension its red light district as well. At the height of Norwich's career as an inland port, there were 58 pubs lining the thoroughfare. Sailors would wander the streets late into the night, looking for women, drink or places to gamble.

Behind the fronts of the inns and taverns were a set of typical Old Norwich 'yards'—courtyards surrounded by tumbledown houses, many of them medieval, where poor families crowded into the rooms and shared water from standpipes. The yards would often be named after the public house that backed onto them.

One such yard was named after the Old Barge public house, popular with those rowdy sailors. (See pic 2, from the 1930s.) The building at the back was extended with slum tenements and undercut with cellars. By the Victorian era there were some 150 people living in close quarters in and around the building. By the 1970s, the building was uninhabitable, all but collapsed. Archaeologists took a closer look and discovered the original structure dates back to the 1420s, and this derelict husk was actually one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in the city, which is saying a lot. Today it’s known as Dragon Hall, after the carvings on the ceiling spandrels, of which only one remains.

Since the slum clearances in the 30s and 60s, the raucous late-night street of yore has changed a lot. King Street's red-light district vibe persisted long after the slum clearances, into the 1980s, when women would line up under street lamps waiting for clients. But today the s*x workers have vanished, and there is only one “working” pub left — that’s why it’s called Last Pub Standing. As you pass along King Street, heading towards the factories that have been converted into luxury housing, you might spot the embattled wreck of the Ferry Boat, once a prosperous music venue, popular in the 1980s with the squatters on nearby Argyle Street. During the late 80s the pub was briefly run by the so-called “Ipswich Ripper”.

Photos 1&2 by George Plunkett.

The Haymarket is dominated by a statue of Sir Thomas Browne, a 17th century polymath: a doctor, antiquary, botanist, pro...
01/09/2022

The Haymarket is dominated by a statue of Sir Thomas Browne, a 17th century polymath: a doctor, antiquary, botanist, proto-psychologist, and philosopher. Browne lived and worked as a physician on Haymarket, and his statue looks toward the site of his house smiling wistfully. I wonder if the statue would still be smiling if it knew the site is now a Pret A Manger.

Browne's writings encompass all the different disciplines he was interested in—which is to say, basically everything. His multi-disciplinary writing required him to invent lots of new words to describe the ideas he was exploring: he gave us the words electricity and hallucination.

Ironically for someone who wrote so much about death and funeral rites, Browne did not rest easy. His grave in the chancel of St Peter Mancroft was disturbed by workmen in 1840. One of them, a s*xton called George Potter, stole Browne's skull and sold it to the surgeon Edward Lubbock. After Lubbock's death the skull was bequeathed to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Museum, where it was put on display. The Hospital Governors repeatedly refused St Peter Mancroft's requests to purchase the skull back, but finally relented in 1922. Browne was re-interred, and his burial was noted in the parish register, which gave his age as 317 years.

THE ARGYLE STREET TAPES [i: DAMIEN]From 1979 to 1985, Norwich was home to the largest squat in Europe: the Argyle Street...
24/08/2022

THE ARGYLE STREET TAPES [i: DAMIEN]

From 1979 to 1985, Norwich was home to the largest squat in Europe: the Argyle Street Alternative Republic, situated just off King Street. Around 60 terraced council houses were occupied by hippies, bikers, Bolsheviks, and wanderers of every stripe. In this series of interviews, we trace the histories of those who lived there. This time it's Damien, who moved into a house on Argyle Street about a year before the squat was broken up—literally—by the council and local police.

From 1979 to 1985, Norwich was home to the largest squat in Europe: the Argyle Street Alternative Republic, situated just off King Street. Around 60 terraced council houses were occupied by hippies, bikers, Bolsheviks, and wanderers of every stripe. In this series of interviews, we trace the histori...

It wasn’t called Devil’s Alley, it was called Gropecunt Lane. But obviously that never made it to the official maps. Lat...
22/08/2022

It wasn’t called Devil’s Alley, it was called Gropecunt Lane. But obviously that never made it to the official maps. Later it got renamed to Opie Street, after Amelia Opie (1769–1853), a writer, anti-slavery campaigner, Quaker, and all round groovy lady.

I love these notices scattered around the medieval churchyards of the city. “Just a heads up, mate, you’re standing on c...
17/08/2022

I love these notices scattered around the medieval churchyards of the city. “Just a heads up, mate, you’re standing on corpses.”

“The controlling corporate Lion sits contentedly at the heart of the city…” Quote from the Norwich Pagan Moot website. I...
11/08/2022

“The controlling corporate Lion sits contentedly at the heart of the city…”

Quote from the Norwich Pagan Moot website. Image from our film which you can watch on youtube (just search “Norwich Remapped”) or on our website (go to the site and walk down Castle-meadow).

Based and poggers.
07/08/2022

Based and poggers.

Paleolithic “earth rod” stand, c. 2000 BCE, found by archaeologists on Duke Street. These conveniently labelled concrete...
04/08/2022

Paleolithic “earth rod” stand, c. 2000 BCE, found by archaeologists on Duke Street. These conveniently labelled concrete blocks were designed with a small hole on which to stand the titular “earth rod”. The earth rod was a ritual object, used as a ph***ic symbol of fertility and new life by early pastoralist cultures in the palaeolithic era. It is believed that Duke Street was the site of a temple dedicated to Cernunnos, the horned god. Numerous concrete relics from this temple survive, as well as an abundance of red plastic cones which are thought to have been used as shamanic headgear.

The Norwich Remapped film is out now. We were supposed to have screened it on Saturday but unfortunately we couldn't, du...
01/08/2022

The Norwich Remapped film is out now. We were supposed to have screened it on Saturday but unfortunately we couldn't, due to technical/logistical problems. However, you can watch it on youtube here. Copies of the accompanying zine are available on request, and the website, with over 30,000 words of writing about the city, can be found at norwichremapped.co.uk/.

A film by Elliott Johnson and the East Anglian Psychogeographical Quango. norwichremapped.co.ukFeaturing Tom Cox, Louis Coates, Meg Watts, Barney Hill, Tom C...

So being unable to screen our film yesterday was a bit of a downer, BUT… at least we had Norwich Pride! Corporate sponso...
31/07/2022

So being unable to screen our film yesterday was a bit of a downer, BUT… at least we had Norwich Pride! Corporate sponsors aside, it was pretty bloody glorious.

30/07/2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances tonight’s event is no longer going ahead. Apologies. If you know anyone off Facebook who is going please let them know.

The film will be up on YouTube tonight at 8PM.

In the meantime have a good Norwich Pride :)

A RARE GLIMPSE THROUGH STRANGERS GATEThe door marked “Strangers Gate” on Tombland is usually locked. It appears old but ...
28/07/2022

A RARE GLIMPSE THROUGH STRANGERS GATE

The door marked “Strangers Gate” on Tombland is usually locked. It appears old but it was in fact built in the 1990s. Today I sauntered past and found to my surprise that it was open, and in the overgrown alleyway beyond, someone had set up a handmade exhibition about the Strangers of Norwich.

The door leads to the forgotten church of St Mary-the-Less, consecrated in 1637 for the Walloon and Huguenot communities of Norwich. These “Strangers” flocked to the city in their thousands from the Low Countries to escape religious persecution. They gave the city its canary emblem, several of its mayors, and its cloth trade. The Flemish diaspora even had their own militia.

The “Eglise wallonne de Norwich” closed its doors in Victorian times, and in ensuing decades it was surrounded by newer buildings. Today, only the eagle-eyed drifter will notice any signs of its existence: Strangers Gate on Tombland, a gated portico squished between an office and an estate agents’ on Queen Street, and the tower peering over the rooftops above.

NORWICH REMAPPED: LIVE EXORCISM!!! FILM PREMIERE AND OCCULT CEREMONY!! ALL IN THE HEART OF OUR FINE CITY!!! Delighted to...
09/07/2022

NORWICH REMAPPED: LIVE EXORCISM!!!

FILM PREMIERE AND OCCULT CEREMONY!! ALL IN THE HEART OF OUR FINE CITY!!!

Delighted to announce that we're screening the Norwich Remapped film at the Louis Marchesi on Saturday 30th July. The film is about 30 minutes long, and will be preceded by a short talk from a ghost, then a brief ritual, and afterwards we'll have a party! You can pay what you want for entry. The N.R. zine, UNDER THE PAVING-STONES, THE PLAGUE, will also be available on a pay-what-you-want basis. All proceeds will go to Norwich Soup Movement.

Fancy dress is encouraged, or at least your most outlandish outfit.

Limited spaces down in that undercroft so drop us a message to reserve a ticket. Lots of love, see you there and happy drifting,
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26/06/2022

These are the feral pigeons, Columba livia domestica, the hardiest and most streetwise of all birds. They like the stone walls of the labyrinth because it reminds them of their ancestral homes in cliff-tops. They will surround you in droves, asking for a fag-end or a soggy chip. Contrary to popular belief, feral pigeons do not pose a significant health risk to humans, although it is true that they do s**t everywhere, coating the heads of statues in their piebald gunk. The city's nooks and ledges bristle with anti-pigeon spikes — the way a city treats its pigeons is a good measure of the way it treats its people.

Happy to announce that our city map is official up and running on mobile! Next time you’re walking in the city, search u...
21/06/2022

Happy to announce that our city map is official up and running on mobile! Next time you’re walking in the city, search up the street you’re on in our Index and navigate through time and space… everything the Ordnance Survey was too afraid to ask! The city and its saucy sauce!

https://www.norwichremapped.co.uk/city-map/

The first in our Transcripts series for the All Saints Gazette. Local artist and amateur undercroft expert Terry George ...
09/06/2022

The first in our Transcripts series for the All Saints Gazette. Local artist and amateur undercroft expert Terry George gives us the lowdown.

When I was making the Norwich Remapped film, I spoke to Stephen Jarvis, who appears in the film talking about his photographs of the medieval chalk mines at various spots around the outskirts of the city. Stephen provided me with a treasure trove of information: he told me about the books Subterrane...

Our correspondent for the All Saints' Gazette, Elliott Johnson, followed the line of the old city walls, and found ghost...
08/06/2022

Our correspondent for the All Saints' Gazette, Elliott Johnson, followed the line of the old city walls, and found ghosts, graffiti, the wreckage of beloved music venues, the spectre of a wherry-mast, a concrete toilet, a bombed-out aircraft factory, and ivy-leaved toadflax.

https://www.norwichremapped.co.uk/post/following-the-city-walls-i/

You are not standing in Norwich, but a map of Norwich. For more information and confidential support, please visit our w...
06/06/2022

You are not standing in Norwich, but a map of Norwich. For more information and confidential support, please visit our website norwichremapped.co.uk/

Go for a walk along the river, at norwichremapped.co.uk/river-walk/...
05/06/2022

Go for a walk along the river, at norwichremapped.co.uk/river-walk/...

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