Norwich Guildhall

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Norwich Guildhall
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LocationNorwich, Norfolk
Coordinates52°37′44″N 1°17′33″E / 52.6290°N 1.2924°E / 52.6290; 1.2924Coordinates: 52°37′44″N 1°17′33″E / 52.6290°N 1.2924°E / 52.6290; 1.2924
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated26 February 1954
Reference no.1187384
Norwich Guildhall is located in Norfolk
Norwich Guildhall
Location of Norwich Guildhall in Norfolk

Norwich Guildhall is a municipal building on Gaol Hill in the city of Norwich, United Kingdom. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]


The porch added to the south side of the building in 1861

The guildhall was commissioned after King Henry IV awarded a charter to the City of Norwich giving it autonomy from the county of Norfolk.[2] The building, which was quickly established as the new local seat of city government, was built between 1407 and 1413.[3] The roof of the council chamber collapsed in 1511 and had to be replaced in 1537.[4] A large porch, designed by Thomas Barry, the City Surveyor, was added to the south side of the building in 1861.[1]

Civic affairs were conducted in the building until 1938, when the new City Hall was opened. Magistrates' courts continued to be held in the old Common Council Chamber until 1977 and prisoners were held in the building until 1980.[5] Work to restore and strengthen the Guildhall clock tower began in July 2010.[6][7]

It is one of the 12 historic Norwich buildings in the Norwich 12 initiative, a project to develop an integrated group of heritage attractions in Norwich.[8][9]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England. "The Guildhall, Norwich (1187384)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Norwich Guildhall". Norwich 360. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  3. ^ "The Guildhall". Norwich 12. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  4. ^ "The Guildhall". Norfolk Stained Glass. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  5. ^ "70: Norwich Guildhall". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Norwich Guildhall to be restored". Evening News. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Guildhall reconstruction work". Norwich City Council. Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  8. ^ Ochyra, Helen (24 July 2009). "History by design". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  9. ^ "About us". Norwich 12. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.

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