Pulls Ferry, Norwich

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Pulls Ferry
Pulls Ferry depicted in 1851

Pulls Ferry is a former ferry house located on the River Wensum in Norwich, Norfolk. It is a flint building and was once a 15th-century watergate. It was the route for the stone used to build Norwich Cathedral. The stone came from Caen up the rivers Yare and Wensum. A canal, specifically built by the monks, used to run under the arch, where the Normans ferried the stone and building materials to be unloaded on the spot.

The building is named after John Pull, who ran the ferry across the Wensum from 1796 to 1841. It was previously known as Sandling's, after a seventeenth-century predecessor. The ferry operated until 1943.[1]

The ferry house adjoining the watergate was built in 1647. Both house and archway were restored in 1948-9 by Cecil Upcher.[2]


  1. ^ "26:Norwich Bridges". Eastern Daily Press. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  2. ^ Wilson, Bill; Nikolaus, Pevsner (2007). Norfolk 1: Norwich and North- East. Buildings of England (second ed.). Yale University Press. p. 227. ISBN 0-300-09607-0.

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Coordinates: 52°37′49″N 1°18′25″E / 52.6304°N 1.3070°E / 52.6304; 1.3070