Anne-Sophie at UEA

Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.

Norwich Castle

After planning this for ages, I finally visited Norwich Castle! I loved it!

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Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for children, but if you come between 12-1pm or one hour before closing, entry costs only £2!

The main room.

The main room.

The full history of Norwich Castle can be found here

From around 1067 the Normans demolished at least 98 Saxon homes in Norwich to make way for the castle earthworks within which they built a wooden fort, surrounded by deep defensive dry ditches. Once the land had settled, work was begun on the stone keep in 1094 by King William (Rufus) II. Following his death in 1100 it was continued by his brother King Henry I and completed by 1121. Norwich Castle was designed to be a Royal Palace rather than a fortification. However, no Norman kings ever lived in it. The only time Henry I is known to have stayed at Norwich Castle was for Christmas 1121, a visit explored in detail in the displays in the Castle Keep.

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They found lots of old objects there!

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Typical medieval objects stressing the importance of religion and Christianity at the time.

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A painting of what the castle and Norwich looked like centuries ago. The castle was built on top of this hill so that everyone was always reminded that the King was watching and controlled the people.

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The reproduction of an old board game (that originally came from Egypt). Similar games were found engraved in stones in prisons.

From the 14th century the keep was used as a county gaol, until a new gaol, designed by Sir John Soane, was constructed both inside and around the keep in 1792-93. The prison was quickly seen as outdated and difficult to patrol and so the outside block was demolished between 1822 and 1827. Between 1834 and 1839, Norwich Castle’s dilapidated exterior was refaced in Bath stone by Architect, John Salvin. His work faithfully replicates the elaborate blank arcading that made Norwich Castle one of the most elaborately decorated of all Norman keeps. In 1883 the county gaol moved to Mousehold Heath in Norwich and work began on converting the building into a museum.

More impressive 18th or 19th century ceremony objects.

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The sword and necklaces were HUGE and only used for official celebrations.

I had to wear the reproductions of old clothes. They looked pretty cool on me 😛 .

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Classy.

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Prison nurse.

My favourite part was the prison display! 

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What the cells looked like.

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Religion was extremely important in the Middle Ages.

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I thought he was a real man at first!

It’s also really cool for kids (or even adults) because they had tons of scale models explaining the construction of castles, bridges, arch, etc. 

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How to make a bridge? I still haven’t figured it out even with the instructions.

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