Our vacation begins in Hethersett, at the beautiful Park Farm
Hotel. This afternoon we take the coach to Norwich for a guided
walking tour of Norwich's Old Town, including an absorbing history
of the city over the centuries. The city has a fascinating
heritage, with over 1,500 historic buildings, 2 cathedrals and a
Norman Castle. Norwich has stood the test of time since the Norman
Conquest in 1066, and was once the largest town in England. We also
see charming Elm Hill, a historic cobbled street with buildings
dating back to the Tudor period.
Along the way, we notice the old traditional markets that are
still in use today. The town also offers a mixture of museums and
galleries such as the Bridewell Museum, devoted to local trade, and
the Castle Museum, exhibiting different periods in Norwich's
trading industry such as tools, pottery and even luxury items.
In the 13th century, a bank and ditch were constructed as a
defense mechanism, forming what is now the River Wensum. As
additional defense, 12 city gates were constructed between 1293 and
1334 on the bank of the river. The gates allowed for orderly access
into the city, and facilitated toll collections as well as
protecting those inside from intruders by use of catapults. The
gates, however, were damaged in Kett's Rebellion of 1549.